Seeking to harness Obama's campaign resources for a second term

Greetings Fellow Democrats:

The announcement of Organizing for Action disturbs me. Many of you know how I have objected to the way that OFA (whether Obama For America or Organizing For America) interfered with what we do as officers or delegates of the Democratic Party. It seemed as though OFA was trying to set itself up as a structure that was parallel to and yet separate from the Democratic Party almost as though they wanted to usurp the traditional role of the Democratic Party and possible supersede it.

If you ever doubted it - here is the proof and others are noticing it too:

If it is able to sustain the passion that propelled Obama twice into the White House, the pro-Obama group may outstrip the role played by traditional interest groups, from organized labor to the environmental movement, and could form an independent power base outside the White House and the Democratic Party.

"This just dwarfs any part of the Democratic coalition," said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. "This is the biggest leg of the stool. There are really significant implications in terms of the permanent power center within the party."

The question is - do we allow a top-down group that does not elect officers to take over and supersede the Democratic Party? Can we trust that the group is really following the direction set by members? Just because members vote in a poll doesn't mean that you know how the vote went. Many polls are taken, yet how transparent and verifiable is the voting process? Who decides what items will be voted on - a democratically-elected body or a bunch of staffers?

According to Gray Newman (who announced it on Facebook), Jim Messina is coming to the SEC meeting in February. Messina is the new Executive Director of "Organizing For Action", a corporately-funded, non-partisan, non-partisan, special-interest group.

Why should we let him address the SEC? What next - do we let AMWAY and the Moonies appear at Democratic Party meetings to recruit new members?

Chris Telesca

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/17/nation/la-na-obama-campaign-20130118

latimes.com

Seeking to harness Obama's campaign resources for a second term

An ambitious new political organization is being built out of the machine that propelled him back into office, with the hope of supporting his policy objectives.

By Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
5:36 PM PST, January 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — As he launches his second term, President Obama may get help from an ambitious new political organization being built out of his reelection campaign, a group that could reshape how future presidents harness supporters to press their White House agendas.

Run by former Obama campaign officials, the advocacy group will seek to leverage the campaign's sophisticated organizing tools and rich voter database to support the president's policy objectives, including raising the debt ceiling, gun control and immigration reform.

If it is able to sustain the passion that propelled Obama twice into the White House, the pro-Obama group may outstrip the role played by traditional interest groups, from organized labor to the environmental movement, and could form an independent power base outside the White House and the Democratic Party.

"This just dwarfs any part of the Democratic coalition," said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. "This is the biggest leg of the stool. There are really significant implications in terms of the permanent power center within the party."

matea.gold@latimes.com

Michael A. Memoli in the Washington bureau contributed to this report.

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