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For sale: President Barack Obama
Flopping Aces ^ | 02-25-13 | DrJohn

Posted on 02/26/2013 11:26:01 AM PST by Starman417

obama for sale

What does a guy who whined endlessly about unlimited big money groups do?

Become one of them.

Barack Obama has become Karl Rove. The left has been highly critical of Rove and his American Crossroads organization and now Obama has formed a mirror image group of his own, but this entity is vastly different. Rove isn't President.

"Obama for America" has transformed into "Organizing for Action"

Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama begins his second term in the White House, the remaining structure of his re-election campaign will re-launch as a new political organization with a mission to advocate his agenda over the next four years.

CNN has confirmed that Obama for America will transform into a non-profit, tax-exempt group, that will attempt to leverage the re-election campaign's powerful grassroots organization and social media operation, as well as its rich voter database and vast email distribution list, to build up public support for the president as he pushes for agreements over the debt ceiling and the federal budget, gun control legislation, immigration reform, and other objectives

OFA has taken its first action:

Organizing for Action, the pro-Obama advocacy group formed last month out of the president's reelection campaign, is launching an online campaign urging Republican lawmakers to support universal background checks for gun purchases.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the ads will target 16 Republican lawmakers who have not publicly committed to stricter background checks, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) in ads on local news outlets' websites starting Friday. The LA Times reports that the group spent close six figures on the ad buy, which is the issue-based nonprofit group's first.

The ad launch coincides with the group's national "Day of Action," which encompasses 100 events in 80 congressional districts. According to the LA Times, Friday's events are aimed at building support for tougher background check standards, but future "action" days will focus on other aspects of the president's gun policy proposals.

"These events range from Letter to the editor writing parties, or rallies and press events, to candle light vigils and petitions for members of Congress," OFA spokeswoman Katie Hogan told The Hill. "These events were tailored by our supporters on what they thought was the best event for their community."

And to help raise money, Obama is selling access to the White House and himself.

But those contributions will also translate into access, according to donors courted by the president’s aides. Next month, Organizing for Action will hold a “founders summit” at a hotel near the White House, where donors paying $50,000 each will mingle with Mr. Obama’s former campaign manager, Jim Messina, and Mr. Carson, who previously led the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House. Moreover, the new cash demands on Mr. Obama’s top donors and bundlers come as many of them are angling for appointments to administration jobs or ambassadorships.

And OFA is not encumbered by any nasty rules:

Unlike a presidential campaign, Organizing for Action has been set up as a tax-exempt “social welfare group.” That means it is not bound by federal contribution limits, laws that bar White House officials from soliciting contributions, or the stringent reporting requirements for campaigns. In their place, the new group will self-regulate.

HuffPo leads an article with a false and silly title

Obama Donors Aren't Getting Special Access For Checks To Organizing For Action: White House

And then goes on to describe how donors are going to do just that

The arrangement could be seen as making a distinction without a difference: The president may not be standing in the room asking potential OFA donors for cash; but if his presence is the prize offered in exchange for a large check, he is still helping to facilitate the fundraising process.

The Hill said this was "ripe for corruption"

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: obama; ofa

1 posted on 02/26/2013 11:26:10 AM PST by Starman417
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To: Starman417

Wasn’t RR who once said politics is the world’s second oldest profession?

2 posted on 02/26/2013 11:32:26 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Starman417

George Soros’ money running out?

BO realizes he can get away with anything - illegal & anti-Constitutional.

Four more years!!!!

3 posted on 02/26/2013 11:42:18 AM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: Starman417

Long time since you managed to post a comment, isn’t it?;brevity=full;options=no-change

You just seem to pimp that same blog.

Have you any thoughts on that?

4 posted on 02/26/2013 11:43:53 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: sodpoodle

Soros just made $1.2 bil shorting the Japanese yen.
So he’s flush with bucks, not sure if he’s still funding Baraq in big chunks.

5 posted on 02/26/2013 11:47:23 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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6 posted on 02/26/2013 1:14:37 PM PST by baddog 219
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