Political Party/527

Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign

Successor Campaign:

Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign

For more information, see Organizing for Action (Nonprofit)

Also see Obama Administration

Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign began when then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama declared his candidacy for U.S. president on February 10, 2007. Obama became the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee on June 8, 2008 after competitor Hillary Clinton dropped out of the race. Then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) was chosen to be Obama’s vice presidential running mate on August 22, 2008.

Obama defeated Republican Party rival Sen. John McCain (AZ) on November 4, 2008.

Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns were officially called “Obama for America”; following his 2008 victory, Obama for America was eventually replaced by a permanent 501(c)(4) advocacy group called Organizing for Action.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Joel Benenson
    Strategist
  2. Jeff Blodgett
    Minnesota State Director
  3. James Zogby
    Senior Advisor
  4. Alida Garcia
    California Latino Vote Deputy Director
  5. Julianna Smoot
    National Finance Director
  6. Jake Sullivan
    Debate Preparation Advisor
  7. Ben Rhodes
    Senior Speechwriter
  8. Chris Hughes
    Digital Architect
  9. Andrew Bleeker
    Lead Digital Marketing Strategist
  10. Patrick Gaspard
    National Political Director
  11. Neera Tanden
    Domestic Policy Director
  12. Justine Sarver
    Southwest Regional Director
  13. Barack Obama
    Presidential Nominee
  14. Demond Drummer
    Field Organizer
  15. Michael Dorsey
    Energy and Environment Team
  16. Marc La Vorgna
    Former Press Secretary, New York State
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