DNC Staffing Campaign Offices Earlier for Presidential Race

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean plans to put staff and resources on the ground in four battleground states three years before the next presidential race.

In a fundraising email to supporters Tuesday, the former presidential candidate said traditionally, Democrats place staff and resources in a few strategic states the same year as the presidential election. But that hasn't worked for the Democratic Party, he said, "and I ran for chairman on a promise to do it another way."

"So a few days ago I met with the state party chairs, and we made a decision together. For the first time ever we're going to build for the future by putting staff and resources on the ground early -- starting in 2005, not 2008. The first four states: North Dakota, Missouri, North Carolina and West Virginia," Dean said.

The DNC chairman called on Democratic supporters to donate money to get started on the next 46 states so Democrats can commit to "a long-term presence in every state, every region, and every community."

"The half-million dollars we're investing in these first four states will pay for professional organizers -- the key staff who will develop skills and help build a permanent network of Democrats at the grassroots level. But we cannot stop here. It's your party, and it will only grow with your help," said Dean.

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