Obama blames the sequester for his decision to stop tours of the White House. Never mind he isn’t the one who has to tell thousands of school children and others who had already planned to visit, too bad:
But apparently the White House is still open to some, at least those who have mega-bucks.
We all remember when Obama ran for president the first time his campaign began as “Obama for America.” After he was inaugurated in 2009 he announced the name would be changed to “Organizing for America.” It was billed as a volunteer site where one could sign up for a myriad of positions from making phone calls, to GOTV, to holding rallies, to calling Congress to advocate for bills to be passed; and the list is endless.
This website also assisted him in getting re-elected.
Now that he is a second-term president, the name has again changed. This time to “Organizing for Action.” According to the website, this is its purpose:
Organizing for Action is a nonprofit organization established to support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012. OFA will advocate for these policies throughout the country and will mobilize citizens of all parties and diverse points to speak out for speedy passage and effective implementation of this program, including gun control, sensible environmental policies to address climate change and immigration reform. In addition, OFA will encourage the formation of chapters that will be dedicated at the grassroots level to this program, but also committed to identifying and working progressive change on a range of issues at the state and local level. In carrying its work, OFA will operate as a “social welfare” organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. [emphasis mine].
Jon Carson, the new Executive Director of OFA boasts on twitter they already have over 964,000 signed up. One sort of has to assume they are volunteers as I doubt Obama would be paying all of them.
This time around this “non-profit” which is registered as a 501(C)4 advocates for gun control, immigration and social welfare and accepts unlimited donations which has caught the eye of watchdogs and Republicans in Congress. It cannot however, support individual candidates.
According to the The Hill:
The New York Times reported last month that the nonprofit was offering donors access to quarterly meetings with the president if they donated $500,000. Smaller contributions were said to allow face time with other White House officials.
Jim Messina, National Chairman of Organizing for Action doesn’t really deny it, but states:
“Whether you’re a volunteer or a donor, we can’t and we won’t guarantee access to any government officials,” he wrote. “But just as the president and administration officials deliver updates on the legislative process to Americans and organizations across the ideological spectrum, there may be occasions when members of Organizing for Action are included in those updates. These are not opportunities to lobby — they are briefings on the positions the president has taken and the status of seeing them through.”
American Crossroads disagrees with Messina and put out this ad:
But Messina in an op-ed at CNN stresses it’s “all about the volunteers.”
If so Messina, how many of those 964,000 “volunteers”, if it IS TRUE you are selling access to Obama, can afford the steep charge?
And if one is going to try hunting down Organizing for Action on the web, one may get a surprise. Several enterprising individuals bought up the domains OFA MIGHT have used. Try going to www.organizingforaction.com or www.organizingforaction.org and see what you get.
And going to www.organizingforaction.net takes you right to the NRA website. Oh, the irony.
God Bless America.