Ruth Marcus: OFA is taking porous campaign finance laws and exploiting them to the max

posted at 8:01 pm on March 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It isn’t merely conservatives griping about the dubious nature of the Obama campaign outfit’s metamorphosis from election machinery to advocacy group. The president’s lieutenants have been busily fielding a defense of the group’s intentions since they announced its new designation, with indignant questions flying at them from both the right and left.

In yet another defensive maneuver, OFA’s new leader penned an op-ed reaffirming the group’s commitment to transparency, thwarting special interests, and acting as a nonpartisan organization for advancing the president’s agenda (…is it me, or does that actually make no sense?) — before speaking at the group’s first meeting on Wednesday, that quickly closed its doors on reporters. Womp.

“I want to say a word about what we aren’t: We are not a partisan organization,” said Jon Carson, a former White House official who is now serving as the executive director of Organizing for Action. …

Former White House senior adviser David Plouffe, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and former campaign officials Ben LaBolt and Stephanie Cutter all were expected to address the roughly 70 donors and volunteers behind closed doors Wednesday afternoon.

Media access to the event is limited — reporters were allowed to attend a 30-minute session on Wednesday and are scheduled to an hour of access on Thursday. Obama’s speech is open only to White House pool reporters.

Carson, Plouffe and former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said that the organization would be powered by grass-roots advocacy — even as they made their pitch to a roomful of wealthy donors who helped fund much of Obama’s reelection effort.

David Weigel was not impressed with the fake transparency.

The president’s buddies can shout “transparency!” and “grassroots!” and whatever else until they’re blue in the face, but it doesn’t sound at all like they’re succeeding at convincing people that this isn’t a group meant to provide access to the president in exchange for handsome donations. Said Ruth Marcus on MSNBC earlier:

Look, OFA has made, has retrenched in some important ways. They are going to disclose their donors’s exact amounts. They’re going to limit corporate donors, but let’s be serious: This is not the change from Washington business as usual that the president and his supporters promised us. It is taking the new porous state of the campaign finance and tax laws and exploiting them to the max, and we’ve seen it before. And the next president to come in may not decide to disclose and we’ll have this secret army of donors. It’s a dangerous development.

Call it what you want, Team Obama, but if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck


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…another attractive woman!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Transparently corrupt.

rbj on March 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

…liberals must get ugly genes…from a petre dish?

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Ruth Marcus: OFA is taking porous campaign finance laws and exploiting them to the max

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

OT – your Obama admin, the tyrannical socialist nationalists.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

O bama
F lukes
A merica

Messina is just Obama’s capo.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 8:13 PM

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Hah

1. She’s a lefties through and through.

2. You leftists must hate old people.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

S/b She’s a leftist, through and through.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

…another attractive woman!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

The fly that hovers over Obama has a full job.

Electrongod on March 13, 2013 at 8:15 PM

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Maybe, because she’s telling the truth. If you take your face out of Obama’s crotch long enough…you might learn your boy wonder isn’t all he promised to be.

HumpBot Salvation on March 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

…another attractive woman!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Dude, she’s a broken clock!

22044 on March 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

If you take your face out of Obama’s crotch long enough…you might learn your boy wonder isn’t all he promised to be.

HumpBot Salvation on March 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM

The EPA says the air is cleaner there..
HAL is just looking out for number one.

Electrongod on March 13, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Somebody call the thought police. Apparently HAL sneaked out of the institute again.

viking01 on March 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

..because she has her lips where YOU usually do HotLips…but I think…she can sing!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Thank Obama

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

but I think…she can sing!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Daisy?

Electrongod on March 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Why don’t you know, she’s speaking on the “accredited” network, therefore it must be true. All my liberal friends tell me so…

nobar on March 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Its ALL,

******************* GOBBLY-GOOK **************!!

Obama at Organizing for Action dinner:

‘All I’ve been doing is calling folks and trying to see if we can break through some of the gobbly gook of our politics here’ -

@NBCNews

59 mins ago by editor

canopfor on March 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

It’s a dangerous development.

Yep, another dangerous development. Thanks for catching it Ruth.

Sure are alot of “paranoid” people around these days.

forest on March 13, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I have a hard time getting hot and bothered over OFA soft obey BS’ing. It’s actually sort of quaint, given the people we are talking about here.

Mostly because I’m just really glad the administration still does this sort of stuff rather than just overthrowing the government and exiling their political opponents to the Aleutians or some damn place.

Perspective makes all the difference.

MTF on March 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Call it what you want, Team Obama, but if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

Fit’s Obama to a “T”. Seeing as he’s a quack.

GarandFan on March 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Ok, for starter..what do you mean “we” *%#ktard??

BigWyo on March 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Congratulations on diving to ever deeper levels of liberal douchebaggery. “At this point, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?”

ghostwalker1 on March 13, 2013 at 9:04 PM

It is taking the new porous state of the campaign finance and tax laws and exploiting them to the max, and we’ve seen it before.

Where? And when?

Marcus is from the same “If-you-say-it-it-is-so” school of democratic politics.

BKeyser on March 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

canopfor on March 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Everything that comes out of his mouth are lies, propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation…

… He’s a soulless, callous, ideological driven narcissistic tyrant that has four more years to destroy this country, and OFA will be working 24/7/365 to help him do it.

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

“It’s a dangerous development.”

So is everything to do with this wanna-be totalitarian freak.

rrpjr on March 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

“I want to say a word about what we aren’t:
We are http://www.barackobama.com is not a partisan organization,” said Jon Carson, a former White House official who is now serving as the executive director of Obama for America Organizing for Action.

ITguy on March 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Which part of “we will take our opponent’s own rule book and use it to beat them over the head with” -don’t we understand?

slickwillie2001 on March 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

And we care what this inside the beltway hack thinks because???

HotAirLib on March 13, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Yeah, let’s talk about this instead…

Officials Plead Guilty in New York Voter Fraud Case

A total of four Democratic officials and political operatives have now pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in an alleged scheme to steal a New York election.

-snip-

Former Troy Democratic City Clerk William McInerney, Democratic Councilman John Brown, and Democratic political operatives Anthony Renna and Anthony DeFiglio have entered guilty pleas in the case, in which numerous signatures were allegedly forged on absentee ballots in the 2009 Working Families Party primary, the political party that was associated with the now-defunct community group, ACORN.

The four have pleaded guilty to one count of various charges, ranging from forgery to falsifying business records, and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

-snip-

The case in Troy echoes a similar election fraud investigation that is now ongoing in Indiana.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, in South Bend, is currently investigating allegations that numerous signatures on 2008 Democratic Presidential primary petitions for then candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, were faked. There are claims that so many signatures were fraudulent, that the Obama campaign may not have actually obtained enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the ballot.

H

Del Dolemonte on March 13, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Adding the word, “transparency,” to the same bucket as “hope” and “change” and “cuts” and “spending”…among so many other words used by the Dems to mean the opposite of what they mean to everyone else and in language.

Like this:

– when you remove tax reductions, thus raising taxes, you have not raised taxes;

– when you increase spending, you have not reduced spending;

and so much more.

The Left speaks in opposition to reality: up is down in reality, down is up in reality…

…it’s reality the Left is at war with. Vote for Obama, “organize for Obama,” do it for him, sell yourself to the lie.

Lourdes on March 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

“Organizing for Obama” is Obama’s setup for what he’s going to do after he leaves the White House: continue pursuing being a dictator.

He’s going to keep trillions of dollars at his disposal via various players who are joined with him if not surrendered their dignity and sense to this vain person.

Obama’s going to continue his dictator-hustle after 2016, he’s not going to cease his Marxist Dictatorship efforts even if he’s going to be seen laying about on a beach and golfcourse.

Lourdes on March 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Its ALL,

******************* GOBBLY-GOOK **************!!

Obama at Organizing for Action dinner:

‘All I’ve been doing is calling folks and trying to see if we can break through some of the gobbly gook of our politics here’ -

@NBCNews

59 mins ago by editor

Psst…it’s “gobbledygook” but that’s aside from the point I wanted to make:

I agree with you, it’s trash, garbage, lies, deceit, delusion, gobbledygook.

Meanwhile, the Gobbledygookers for Obama are busy targeting “Patriots” for destruction.

That should tell anyone curious about things all they need to know what “Organizing for Obama” and Obama is all about.

Lourdes on March 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM

And the next president to come in may not decide to disclose and we’ll have this secret army of donors. It’s a dangerous development.

In other words, she still trusts 0bama to do the right thing, but she’s more concerned what the next president might do, because – perish the thought – it might be one of those loathsome Republicans or something.

UltimateBob on March 14, 2013 at 7:43 AM

“I want to say a word about what we aren’t: We are not a partisan organization,”

BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-A-A-A-AH!!!

ss396 on March 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Aren’t grassroots organizations supposed to be fueled and run by, well, the grassroots?? This isn’t even Astroturf. It’s more like pointing at the sun and saying, “Ooh, look at the pretty moon.”

NeoCon_1 on March 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM