Messina: I can’t rule out OFA selling access, but it’s all about the grassrooots, really

posted at 8:51 am on March 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I mentioned last night that Organizing for Action Chairman Jim Messina’s defensive op-ed, a feeble attempt to allay widespread criticisms that Obama’s new “advocacy group” has plans to essentially sell access to the president, didn’t accomplish much more than confirming Team Obama’s “we do what we want” attitude about the whole thing — and he really didn’t help himself out with his appearance on CBS News on Friday morning, either.

But, no corporations! But, we’ll publish all donors’ names! But, but… grassroots! So much grassroots!

“There will be events where our supporters are briefed about what the president is doing, but look, the president has laid out a very clear agenda. This organization’s only goal is to help the president lay out that agenda,” Messina told CBS News on Friday.

Asked specifically if the president would attend a “founder’s summit” next week in Washington, Messina responded, “We’ll see.”

“The president will do what he did during the campaign, which is communicate to his grassroots supporters and ask for their help,” Messina said.

Pathetic. The continued insistence that “our average campaign donation was $51 dollars” and “this is all about mobilizing the grassroots” is not going to be enough to hide what’s really going on here.

As for that ‘no federally-registered lobbyists’ gag? Yeah, there are ways around that. But remember, kids: “These are not lobbying opportunities.”

President Barack Obama prides himself on rejecting donations from registered lobbyists, but a newly released list of campaign fundraisers is peppered with leaders from companies and law firms that lobby the federal government.

New bundlers, whose names were released this week, include Anthony Welters, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, and Qualcomm co-founder and former chairman Irwin Jacobs and his wife Joan.

Each raised at least $500,000 for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that includes Obama’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and party committees in several battleground states. …

Qualcomm has spent at least $6 million each year since 2007 on federally reportable lobbying efforts, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. UnitedHealth spent at least $2.5 million annually in the same period.


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So will $51 get me a private meeting with Barky, because if so I’ll donate $5100 and give the Dog Eater 100 hours of my mind.

Bishop on March 8, 2013 at 8:54 AM

The GOP should give Obama his tax increase. A tax of 100% for any revenue paid for access to the President.

meci on March 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Agreed, success, and only another 10 million or so jobs created and we will be back on track.

I’m thinking Drone-related jobs will be on the uptick; operators, technicians, a few dudes to paint nose art on them. And then of courses we will need scrapers and cleaners to scour up the mess of those unlucky citizens who were turned into human jigsaw puzzles by a Hellfire.

You and I should open up a Drone factory or something.

Bishop on March 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Were they all in the gun industry…lololololllooollloo.

I can’t believe nerds online actually use that. You poindexters know where these childish abbreviations came from? Fcking AOL…back when it was dial up over a decade ago. My 70 year-old mother was typing that goofy sh1t to other 70 year old women.

I miss ridiculing fools to their faces.

ClassicCon on March 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

So the jobs were digging gov’t ditches, etc.? Or was it the private sector creating jobs?

Illinidiva on March 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

What an idiot.

darwin on March 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Lolol,, how many dropped out of the workforce?

wolly4321 on March 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by in spite of the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Haven’t looked over the details yet, but thought i’d fix it for you anyway. :)

I’ll even use some of your/the socialists arggument style in reverse – imagine how much better it would’ve been without him at the helm!

Midas on March 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM

BTW, doesn’t Messina have to get back to doing important things like trying to lure children into his van with candy?

The fact that there are two pictures of that creeper on the page disturbs me.

Illinidiva on March 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Agreed, success, and only another 10 million or so jobs created and we will be back on track.

I’m thinking Drone-related jobs will be on the uptick; operators, technicians, a few dudes to paint nose art on them. And then of courses we will need scrapers and cleaners to scour up the mess of those unlucky citizens who were turned into human jigsaw puzzles by a Hellfire.

You and I should open up a Drone factory or something.

Bishop on March 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I know where they can find a few underutilized overpaid calligraphers…

Midas on March 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM

BTW, doesn’t Messina have to get back to doing important things like trying to lure children into his van with candy?

The fact that there are two pictures of that creeper on the page disturbs me.

Illinidiva on March 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Without a doubt. There is no doubt that he calls his dad uncle from time to time. What a pvssy, sickly looking “man”.

ClassicCon on March 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Creepy guy is creepy.

mudskipper on March 8, 2013 at 9:15 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Nothing on the downward revision for January from 157,000 to 119,000? Or the labor participation rate dropping from 63.6% to 63.5%? It wasn’t all sunshine and roses this morning.

Doughboy on March 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Remember when Lucy and Ethel were on top of the Empire State Building dressed as Martians? Flab-dab. Zoits. Grabbich! Then Lucy would turn to this Jim Messina person and say, as though smelling cooked cabbage, “He’s a muu-muu.”

vityas on March 8, 2013 at 9:19 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Ed usually posts on that, and he’s traveling.

changer1701 on March 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I always liked Kenny Loggins better.

myiq2xu on March 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib

lololol…nothing on how January’s numbers were revised down by about 40,000 jobs?

Zaggs on March 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I’ve just realised he looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy – one of the old-timey scary ones:

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-9311461-old-ventriloquist-s-dummy.php

mudskipper on March 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

So the jobs were digging gov’t ditches, etc.? Or was it the private sector creating jobs?

Illinidiva on March 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Don’t you pay attention to the MSM. The rat-eared wonder personally created each and every one of those jobs with his own two hands.

Happy Nomad on March 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

One of those grassroots donors could just as easily pay for 27 weeks of public White House tours. Of course, in the ObamiNation, the campaign is more important than even government workers.

Steve Eggleston on March 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Mr. McCreepy Creep Cakes

/Dam he’s so creepy!

Key West Reader on March 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Here you go –

U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate under obama:

January 2009 … 65.70 %

February 2013 … 63.50%

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate

Pork-Chop on March 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Take down the Nazis and Bolsheviks only to be destroyed by the likes of this weirdo. Man, it’s depressing.

forest on March 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Gonna need to AdBlock every .jpeg of that fruity ghoul.

Jeddite on March 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Pork-Chop on March 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

So what if that’s the worst participation rate since 1984, quit being a bigot.

Bishop on March 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

lololol.. After 4 years my guy finally has a jobs month that only fell 14,000 short of healthy. loololo i have a woody

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Fixed, for reality

MNHawk on March 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Looks like OFA is ‘Green’ because ‘Grassroots’ is ‘fueling it.’

Oh and let’s not miss that OFA will be ‘as transparent as possible.’

And —— did I mention all of those ‘subsurface sustenance providers for manicured yard vegetation’ we rely on?

NeoDawg on March 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Pork-Chop on March 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Matching the 30 year low established last August. No wonder the little man is so excited.

MNHawk on March 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

This dude doesn’t just lie, he creeps me out.

Speakup on March 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

lolol How many of those 236,000* jobs are 29 hours/week to avoid 0bamacare?

*To be revised downward after the lying headline has done its impact

Sekhmet on March 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Same as it ever was. The panderer in chief and his old Chicago ways!

scalleywag on March 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

It’s WEDGIE-BOY!

CurtZHP on March 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

“Grassroots”

Liberals keep using that word. I don’t think it means what they think it means…

Inigo knows.

ROCnPhilly on March 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Would some intrepid reporter please ask Messina or Obama: Will these funds be used to provide the former President Obama with private jet service for his “social welfare” events? How about office space? Automobile? Entertainment/travel expenses?

In other words: will these funds be used in any way to fund Obama’s personal activities after he leaves office?

(Think: “Clinton Global Initiative”. That man travels in style!)

jeanneb on March 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

How stupid are you, really?

Goebbels thanks you and Obama, profusely.

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Picture of the times

Schadenfreude on March 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Creepy man, dude.

LizardLips on March 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

For half a mil I expect slightly more than a @#$%*(!!*#!@ brief!

jangle12 on March 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

…you are that guy in the picture HotLips and we have one of you…on your knees

KOOLAID2 on March 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

lololol.. Nothing on the 236k jobs created by the socialist?

HotAirLib on March 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM

WOOHOO.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS12300000

Last month a mere 58.6% of the workforce had a job, NOW A WHOPPING 58.6% of the workforce has a job!

At that rate we’ll hit the employed % of the workforce we had in June 2009 WHEN THE RECESSION ENDED … never.

WOOHOO we’re on track for NEVER getting our economy back. Why aren’t you guys giving Obama credit for that?

Oh wait, maybe Obama doesn’t want credit for that after all… BLAME BOOOOOOSH!!!!!!!!

lololol?

gekkobear on March 9, 2013 at 12:53 AM