WASHINGTON--Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, in a video out Wednesday, is highlighting the ground game in three early swing states while touting the one-millionth voter contacted by the campaign--either in person or on the phone.
Messina, based in the Chicago national headquarters, said the campaign is reaching out to every 2008 donor and volunteer with the goal to engage them in 2012. Messina is bragging about a grassroots depth none of the major GOP presidential contenders can come close to matching--because they are engaged in their own primary battles.
Messina noted the number of contacts in three swing states Obama needs: 97,230 in Florida, 83,959 in North Carolina and 74,170 in Nevada. The voter who was contact one million lived in Denver, Col., another crucial swing state.
TAKING SHOTS AT WASHINGTON REPORTERS: Messina and his friend the Strawman are trying to rev up the troops at the expense of the press. "A lot of reporters and DC pundits are questioning whether this campaign has what it takes to win," Messina said.
I haven't seen much of that chatter, and now Messina says he's not keeping track anymore. He said he is "not paying a single bit of attention" to it.
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE SLAPS MESSINA:
In 2008 the Obama campaign stressed the low-dollar fund-raising success over the big-dollar money drives and Messina is doing the same in 2012. In the video, Messina says "The Republican National Committee actually brags about the fact that they're distributing their resources to focus less on low-dollar fundraising and more on high-dollar donors. They follow the dollars, we follow the energy. And that energy has always come from our grassroots supporters. That's how we won so big in last week's state and local elections, and that's exactly how we're going to win in 2012."
RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski replied in a statement she e-mailed around that that the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee so far has raised about $55 million, or 35 percent, of their 2012 campaign funds from their top fund-raisers, or bundler.
My note to the RNC: WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN DISCLOSES MAJOR BUNDLERS-- SOMETHING THE 2012 GOP CONTENDERS REFUSE TO DO.