I just finished a two hour phone banking session at the Obama office in Santa Monica. The four room suite, borrowed from Danny Glover’s Production company was so jammed with volunteers, you felt like it was some sort of Hollywood opening. And yet the people running the show were as cool, calm and collected as their candidate. The call lists, the scripts for each state, the local numbers for voters who needed transport to the polls–everything worked like clockwork. And of course, everyone was using their own cell phone to call Indiana or North Carolina.
This reminded me of a piece in yesterday’s Times about the fiscal discipline of the Obama campaign.
The Obama campaign, despite having more than 700 field offices across the country, compared with fewer than 400 for Mr. McCain, has spent slightly less on rent than its counterpart.
And even though Mr. Obama has raised $400 million more than Mr. McCain, he has spent less on fund-raising consultants.
A traditional Republican phone bank would be tables of conventional phones, all paid for by the campaign. But the Obama volunteers are happy to spend their own mobile minutes on behalf of the candidate. I calculated 150 people on the phone constantly this afternoon. Multiply that by 800 offices around the country doing the same thing and the savings is massive.
Politico’s Roger Simon discusses the Obama Ground Game.