Q: One on a quick subject that has not come up yet. The New York Times reported on Saturday that there’s — it’s already been reported Organizing for Action is this outside group connected with some of the President’s former campaign aides. They want to push gun control and other issues on his agenda. The report over the weekend that was new was suggesting that donors are going to be able to, if they put up $500,000 — which is obviously a lot of money — they’re going to get special access to the President. They’re going to have quarterly meetings here at the White House. Is that — that suggests that access to the President is being sold?
CARNEY: No. OFA, which you are asking about, is an independent organization that, as reported in the press, will engage in advocacy and grassroots mobilization activities around public policy issues. It will not be engaged in political campaign-related activities. It has been organized to rally support for the President’s policy agenda, but is a separate organization. Administration officials routinely interact with outside advocacy organizations — and this has been true in prior administrations and it is true in this one.
CARNEY: The President is engaged in an effort to pass items on his agenda. And outside organizations that support that agenda, like organizations that are environmental in nature and support aspects of the President’s environmental agenda, or organizations that support his manufacturing agenda — administration officials can meet with them, including the President. But the fact of the matter is this is an independent organization that is supporting an agenda.
CARNEY: This is an independent organization.
CARNEY: The President has been very clear what his agenda is. This is an independent organization that supports the policy initiatives that the President puts forward, not unlike a variety of so-called 501(c)(4) organizations.
Below a screenshot of Obama’s OFFICIAL Twitter account. As you can see, it explicitly states that the account is ran by Organizing For Action (OFA) staff. “Separate”? “Independent”? HA! Not on your life. BHO and OFA are joined at the hip.
OFA’s website url is barackobama.com. It began as Obama’s first campaign website in 2008, then morphed into ‘Organizing For America’ during his first term. It was Obama’s campaign website during the 2012 election season and now it has been re-purposed once again as ‘Organizing For Action’. Note the acronym also remains the same. Must not confuse low-information voters!
And then there is this:
In one move, OFA moved itself out of the direct White House orbit and created one of the most powerful nonprofit policy organizations on the progressive side of the political coin in the country. It’s an organization that comes ready-made with a vast database of activists and organizers who are all successful, field-tested veterans of two vast national campaigns. And it comes with a high-powered leadership group that includes Obama campaign guru Jim Messina, who will serve as the group’s national chairman, and White House public engagement director Jon Carson, who will serve as executive director, according to the Associated Press. The group’s board will include former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, top campaign officials Stephanie Cutter, Jennifer O’Malley-Dillon and Julianna Smoot, and campaign director David Plouffe, when he leaves the White House early this year. Top Obama strategist David Axelrod will serve an adviser.
And last but not least, Mooch can be found pimping OFA on barackobama.com:
The Obama regime blatantly lying to America from day one. It’s what they do.
FWIW Obama’s Tumblr has undergone the old switcheroo too: http://barackobama.tumblr.com/
Update: I forgot to add that OFA also has it’s own Twitter account.