Hillary Clinton Campaign Launches Grassroots Organizing Program In All
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is launching a major grassroots organizing effort Wednesday, sending staffers to every single state to start building an infrastructure of volunteers ready to pound the pavement.
What's being called the "Ramp Up Grassroots Organizing Program" will have paid staffers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories through the end of May. They'll be working with Clinton supporters to organize local meetings, volunteer trainings and other grassroots events, according to the campaign.
Wednesday's announcement recalls the "50-state strategy" pushed by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean when he was chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. Dean argued that Democrats shouldn't concede any state as "unwinnable" and should invest resources in building an infrastructure in every single state -- a strategy Clinton will be testing should she make it to the general election.
Since jumping into the race, Clinton has focused on smaller, more intimate events, meeting with students at a rural community college in Iowa, for example, and spotlighting a message of middle-class economics. Next month, however, she'll have a larger rally, and these state teams will organize house parties for people to watch the kick-off.
The campaign is also sending an email to supporters Wednesday with a video featuring Marlon Marshall, Clinton's director of state campaigns.