Not all Democrats are pleased about this new “Organizing for Action” thing

posted at 3:11 pm on January 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama’s campaign-turned-advocacy group officially launched last week, with much ado about how the organization would be all about grassroots activism, changing Washington from outside the Beltway, and giving ordinary people a voice in politics.

Yeah… about that, reports Politico:

In its first days, Organizing for Action has closely affiliated itself with insider liberal organizations funded by mega-donors like George Soros and corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Citi and Duke Energy.

And it has quietly sought support from the same rich donors who backed Obama’s campaigns, asking for help from Democratic donors and bundlers in town for the Inauguration at a closed-door corporate-sponsored confab that featured Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker. …

The initial fundraising push highlights the tricky path Obama’s allies face in starting the new group. Consider: Obama, who long cast himself as an ardent opponent of big money in politics, is to some extent tying the fate of his populist second-term agenda to a non-profit group registered under a section of the tax code – 501(c)4 – that allows the secret, corporate donations he spent months decrying after they were unleashed by a 2010 Supreme Court decision.

Well, shocker — Obama & friends only dislike the role of well-funded and corporate interests in politics, when it’s politically profitable to say so.

Not all Democrats, however, are actually happy about the use to which President Obama’s campaign machinery is being put, worried that it will actually damage Democrats’ net campaign efforts and drain the party’s fundraising and volunteer resources, via National Journal:

Even as Democrats relish President Obama’ second inauguration, some party leaders are worried about whether the campaign’s decision to form its own advocacy group will hamstring future generations of Democratic candidates. …

Some activists foresee a power struggle between the national party, which aims to elect Democrats above all else, and the new group, which aims to build the president’s legacy — and may have to pressure wavering swing-state Democrats to tow the unapologetically liberal agenda laid out in his inauguration speech. …

Fred Hudson, vice chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, said OFA would inevitably weaken the traditional party structure.

“We need a unified organization that will bring about victories in 2013 and 2014, and we don’t need to be splitting our efforts,” said Hudson, alluding to his state’s high-stakes race for governor this year. “It’s a recipe for how to lose an election. We’ve been told there will be no competition for fundraising, but that’s difficult for me to accept, and there will certainly be competition for staff and volunteers.”

Certain DNC leaders have been trying to reassure other party members and activists that OFA and the DNC will be working together to stay on-message and elect Democrats, but if I were in their shoes, I’d probably be pretty worried, too, especially with the Virginia gubernatorial and the 2014 midterms coming up — “team player” isn’t exactly one of President Obama’s well-known strong suits.


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lttle effort at assembly required

DanMan on January 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Well d’s you don’t have the ‘royal fly on the face’ so you are sol! You aren’t quite as evil as bho and he is a selfish worm to boot!
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letget on January 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Brown Shirts and Jack Boots on the horizon.

Will all of America sit on their hands for this too?

Probably.

They reelected him despite his first term didn’t they?

So Goes The Nation; So Goes Us All

SD Tom on January 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

New Steyn…

The Obama Simulacrum

M2RB: .38 Special

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

So a few Dems don’t like it. Like that will change anything.

Jackalope on January 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

New Steyn…

The Obama Simulacrum

M2RB: .38 Special

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Just read it! thanks

__________________

I’d be nervous if I were the democratic party. O hasn’t helped any small d’s since Coakley in MA v Scott Brown.

CoffeeLover on January 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

“team player” isn’t exactly one of President Obama’s well-known strong suits.

Thread winner in the body of the post. Nicely done, Erika.

wolfsDad on January 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Same thing happened in 2009. They expected people to keep going door to door and begging for money, but people had had enough.

Blake on January 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Propaganda and intimidation. Hope and Change, indeed.

kingsjester on January 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Congrats! While I was reading I think you surpassed 200,000 site hits!

KCB on January 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

team player and obama do not mix…there’s no I in team so there you go

cmsinaz on January 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Crash & Burn as Obama’s brownshirts compete with the party for the dollars…

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Sooner or later the thin Dem bench is going to show. O has always been about O. The last election was simply about cobbling enough reliable blue voters and low-information voters together to get him across the finish line. The gains in the Senate were Republican unforced errors.

Cuomo put himself out in the open with the NYS gun control law and will have little appeal outside of the Northeast.

mwbri on January 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I’d be nervous if I were the democratic party. O hasn’t helped any small d’s since Coakley in MA v Scott Brown.

CoffeeLover on January 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Are you kidding? Obama dragged dozens of state Dems over the finish line in November. Democrats in every state and district with urban African American population owe Obama big time. His OFA has also brought vote fraud to unprecedented scale, with support from corrupt judiciary, DoJ, and possibly software companies. Who would have thought that his “this time, you have me” was not an empty bravado?

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

“You mean we gotta work…?”

good luck with that…

22044 on January 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Heh, and that;s just the start to all this mess:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/22/3902746/obama-heads-back-office-battle-rages-over-tech-that-got-him-reelected

“Right now, no one else in politics has tech this good,” says Pugh. “So ideally these tools could be offered via a paid license, and end up being revenue positive for OFA or the DNC.”

Obama ain’t giving up his retirement fund that easily.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Sorry should have been more specific. He did not use any of “his” donations to help other ds and I can’t recall any other pol he actively campaigned for in 2012. I didn’t mean his coattails.

CoffeeLover on January 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Awww are democrats learning that Obama doesn’t care about them???

earlgrey133 on January 25, 2013 at 3:51 PM

There has to be some racism in there somewhere to call him NOT a team player. So his side will just take it.

Besides, they gained ground in November when he clearly had not “played well with others”.

Carnac on January 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Barry uber alles!

FOWG1 on January 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Well, shocker — Obama & friends only dislike the role of well-funded and corporate interests in politics, when it’s politically profitable to say so.

Must be that Democratic “nuance” they’re always talking about.

Bigger shock! Barry doesn’t care about the future of the party. Barry cares about Barry.

Who knew?

GarandFan on January 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Isn’t it wonderful! Mr Obama wants to become a permanent part of the US political landscape.

One wonders how OFA’s rather… shall we say peculiar… fundraising tactics such as the use of unfettered credit card donations will fare when a new, less pliant, Attorney General is in charge?

Still in all, it will be entertaining to watch the fratricide on the Left resume shortly. After all, better them than the GOP.

CiLH1 on January 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

I have no problem with ex-Presidents starting political charities…

But it is ILLEGAL for a sitting president’s campaign organization to continue fund-raising on behalf of him as a fourth arm of government. I don’t care how you frame it – he’s in charge of it and he’s running it (at least no more so than he’s running the US right now.)

Impeach him.

Skywise on January 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

obama’s new grass-roots team is currently exploiting the Sandy Hook tragedy to raise money … of course.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/01/25/obama-grassroots-group-newtown-raise-money/

Pork-Chop on January 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The Obama Party. The new third party.

Oh please, please, please, split the Left in two.

Kevin R on January 25, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Pork-Chop on January 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I also read that Obama is planning on inviting the victims families to the State of The Union. (Right here on Hot Gas!)

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/01/25/report-obama-may-invite-sandy-hook-families-to-sotu-as-part-of-gun-control-push/

Yeah, that’s one creeeeeeeeepy fella!

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Actually, the interesting question is why, if Obama thinks he is leaving office in January, 2017, is he setting up what sure looks like a permanent political organization, beholden only to him.

Why is he doing this?

Realist on January 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Realist on January 25, 2013 at 5:01 PM

See my post at can_con on January 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

It’s all about the Benjamins.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Congrats! While I was reading I think you surpassed 200,000 site hits!

KCB on January 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Careful. You might give me a tingle up my leg!!!

:-)

Just read it! thanks

__________________

I’d be nervous if I were the democratic party. O hasn’t helped any small d’s since Coakley in MA v Scott Brown.

CoffeeLover on January 25, 2013 at 3:27 PM

It came early today. Democrats had better be nervous. The majority of Democrats and Liberals have said that even they would defy a gun confiscation law.

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Read the comments

Schadenfreude on January 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

65% Of Firearm Owners Won’t Give Up Their Guns To New Laws, Poll Shows … including 52% of Democrats and 59% of liberals.

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Ya..sure.
And after months of preparation time and all the encouragement needed to rally an effective strategy over Benghazi….Hillary raises her voice and acts outraged, and our attack dogs lay down like they were in the wrong.
Liberals and dems not giving up their guns?? Ya..sure. They’ll fight on our side.
“I’m not giving up my guns!..what??..weeelll O.K. here they are. But I want to go on record and say ‘Gosh darn it! I don’t like this one bit Mister!’”

Mimzey on January 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Onanism for Authoritarians.

Jim Treacher on January 25, 2013 at 9:05 PM

65% Of Firearm Owners Won’t Give Up Their Guns To New Laws, Poll Shows … including 52% of Democrats and 59% of liberals.

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Uh-huh. Sure. How many of that 65% have been out to kill anything more dangerous to them than a bear or puma, have never had any kind of hostile face-off with the law, and have never even been shot by anything more lethal than a Nerf gun?

And the Democrat/liberal gun owners…hah. Maybe 25% would bury most of their guns and hand the rest over.

MelonCollie on January 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

The Obama Party. The new third Democrat party.

Can you say puppetmaster?

sandbagger on January 26, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Obama has turned the White House and the Democrat party into Acorn 2.0 !! What could possibly be wrong with that?

Marco on January 26, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Mike Mansfield and Paul Douglas turn in their graves.

MarkT on January 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Why should future democratic candidates worry? The will soon be repealing the 22nd Amendment so that they may elect him for life. All Hail!

georgeofthedesert on January 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM