OFA pushes public financing of campaigns in New York after Obama destroyed public financing

posted at 8:01 pm on March 26, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Oh, what next? OFA for the War Powers Act?

The reorganized Obama campaign, now called Organizing for Action, is jumping into the New York state legislative effort, pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), to pass campaign finance reform that would include public financing of candidates.

As first reported by Politico, the nonprofit OFA will send an email to its 744,000 members in New York on Tuesday endorsing the call for public financing and will host a Wednesday tele-town-hall meeting with New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to rally those members.

If you’ll remember, it was Barack Obama himself who destroyed the national public financing system in one of his early prominent, cynical, convenient broken promises disguised as a moving call for citizen involvement or something. Obama was the first modern candidate to reject public financing, because he knew he could get plenty of money without it. Since then, we’ve had the first presidential election without it because Mitt Romney, predictably, turned it down, too.

Not that I care. The last thing we should be doing is paying these guys to run for office when they can get plenty of moolah without extracting it from taxpayers to use as some veil of credibility. But, you know, Barack Obama was supposed to care about this, and now the organization formerly named after him has decided it’s convenient for them to care about it once again. From 2008′s 180:

Citing the specter of attacks from independent groups on the right, Senator Barack Obama announced Thursday that he would opt out of the public financing system for the general election.

His decision to break an earlier pledge to take public money will quite likely transform the landscape of presidential campaigns, injecting hundreds of millions of additional dollars into the race and raising doubts about the future of public financing for national races.

In becoming the first major party candidate to reject public financing and its attendant spending limits, Mr. Obama contended that the public financing apparatus was broken and that his Republican opponents were masters at “gaming” the system and would spend “millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations” smearing him.

But it is not at all clear at this point in the evolving campaign season that Republicans will have the advantage when it comes to support from independent groups. In fact, the Democrats appear much better poised to benefit from such efforts.

Ahh yes, President Obama. Perenially complaining about being outgunned, but never actually outgunned.

The OFA e-mail in favor of New York public financing argues pretty much the same thing Obama’s statement about rejecting public financing did in 2008.

If they succeed, I guess they just better hope Obama never wants to run in New York, at which point rejecting public financing will become the only way to redeem the public financing system. Below, a flashback to the guy Rep. Nancy Pelosi believes has “never done anything for political reasons.”


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The only rule for Obama is what is good for Obama.

VorDaj on March 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Of Obama, by Obama and for Obama. Seig heil!

VorDaj on March 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Where are the rest of you? Did Obama get you with a drone?

VorDaj on March 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

How gay of Obama..

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Where are the rest of you? Did Obama get you with a drone?

VorDaj on March 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

They’re all at the gay threads, apparently.

squint on March 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

This place has gotten fruity of late.

squint on March 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Cry baby right wingers. He won. Deal with it or pack out.

HotAirLib on March 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Cry baby right wingers. He won. Deal with it or pack out.

HotAirLib on March 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

But who is he?

Electrongod on March 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Barack must be feeling gay cause he gets everything he wants.
Oh, its vacation time…again.
Too bad he can’t take all of Congress with him; damaging legislation doesn’t happen when they’re partying.
No wonder DeMint jumped ship & Dr. Carson wants no part of it.

Belle on March 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I can’t remember who coined the official rule: liberals never want to live by their own best ideas.

crrr6 on March 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

OFA pushes public financing of campaigns in New York after Obama destroyed public financing

Yeah..but is it gay public financing?

Mimzey on March 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

I find it distasteful that this site deliberately chooses ‘ugly’ pictures of president Obama to go along with its posts
 
nonpartisan on March 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

rogerb on March 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

What is for me, and not for thee….

Fleuries on March 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Yeah..but is it gay public financing?

If it IS gay, it has to be the best, and you better say it is better than the other kind or someone will say you are a hater.

Fleuries on March 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Fleuries on March 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Absolutely Fabulous point.

Mimzey on March 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Does this mean the Dems are out of money, or are predicting a severe shortage for Hillary?

Why else would they try to push the public financing option?

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Oh, and here’s a prediction:

Obama runs for Senate in IL after leaving the WH; the Clinton’s skewer him out of existence.

BobMbx on March 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Cry baby right wingers. He won. Deal with it or pack out.

HotAirLib on March 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

…when HotLips… unpacks the lips from…?… and sings DAISY!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

This is a tactic to keep your opponent off-balance. If you bite on this, other issues will be pushed down, remember Benghazi? Where did it go?

Don’t fall for the feints of a multiple front. Stay the avenues which best result in advancement. They want narrative because that is their strategy, facts are irrelevant. Dismiss the provocations and speak past them. Utilize their tactics of laughing-off and derision. Be forceful moving “forward” on your turf.

Liberty will unite the Peoples of the World; not Authoritarianism.

John Kettlewell on March 26, 2013 at 9:39 PM