The Washington Post: “Obama nonprofit advocacy group reverses course on corporate donations”

The Washington Post Obama nonprofit advocacy group reverses course on corporate donations By Rachel Weiner and Tom Hamburger– Reversing course after weeks of public pressure, the head of the new nonprofit organization formed to take over President Obama’s campaign operation announced Thursday that the group will not take donations from corporations as originally planned and will …

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NYTimes.com Editorial Page Blog: “Grassroots, Big Money”

NYTimes.com Taking Note Blog Grassroots, Big Money By: David Firestone– Organizing for Action, the pro-Obama advocacy group spun off from the president’s campaign machine, announced an important change today: It will not accept corporate contributions. But that reform doesn’t go far enough, since the group is still allowed to receive donations of unlimited size from …

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AP: “Obama outside groups forming influence network”

Associated Press Obama outside groups forming influence network By: Ken Thomas and Josh Lederman March 4, 2013 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama learned in his first term that he couldn’t change Washington from the inside, saying in the heat of his re-election race: “You can only change it from the outside.” Months later, his former …

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Editorials from the New York Times and the Washington Post on Organizing for Action

The New York Times The White House Joins the Cash Grab By: Editorial Board March 3, 2013 It is tempting to applaud the nonprofit group now spending nearly $100,000 on ads to pressure Republican lawmakers to accept gun-control measures. The group is fighting a well-financed and powerful corporate gun lobby that has never hesitated to …

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MSNBC: “Wertheimer: OFA ‘creates the opportunity to buy corrupting influence’”

MSNBC: Now with Alex Wagner Wertheimer: OFA ‘creates the opportunity to buy corrupting influence’ The MSNBC NOW with Alex Wagner panel discussed the recent criticism of OFA about access for big spenders to the president, and Democracy 21’s Frank Wertheimer described President Obama’s use of OFA to advance his agenda as “outsourcing” a portion of …

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Washington Post: “Obama’s new political group to lure unlimited donations”

The Washington Post Obama’s new political group to lure unlimited donations By Tom Hamburger– In close consultation with President Obama, two of his top political strategists are designing an ambitious new organization funded by donations from wealthy individuals and corporations aimed at making political and legislative gains at the federal and state levels. The fledgling …

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LA Times: “Obama advocacy group OFA solicits high-dollar bundlers for support”

According to Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer: Today’s Los Angeles Times article provides new information about President Obama’s privately funded arm, Organizing for Action, that affirms just how dangerous this operation is for democracy. In his first term in office, President Obama took pride in the millions of ordinary Americans who provided small contributions to …

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