"We have a political tool in the state parties and the president should use them.". Political consultant Jim Messina is the chairman of OFA and was the manager of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. “Milkis, Sidney M. and John W. York. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about, Conservative intellectual and Pulitzer-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer didn't write widely shared column warning the U.S. is a "perfect target.". Philanthropist and Author Amy Goldman donated $250,000. All Rights Reserved. “ofa_2016_q4_disclosure.pdf.” OFA. Accessed July 31, 2017. February 1, 2013. [29], OFA publicly proclaims it publicizes all donations over $250 and disavows donations from corporations. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. The second iteration of OFA officially launched in mid-March 2009. February 18, 2017 | 10:30am. In an email to USA TODAY, Wilson again confirmed that the Krauthammer attribution was a “fabrication.” The Daily Jot’s online archives end in 2018, but Wilson sent a copy of the column that matches prior accounts. Thank you for signing up. [36], OFA raised $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2013 and another $8.2 million in the second, doubling its supporters from 109,582 to 237,688 in that same period.[37]. Seitz-Wald, Alex. [15], Organizing for America was housed on the third floor of the Democratic National Committee, where it acted as an outgrowth of the Democratic Party’s national campaign arm. Then take action,” OFA called on constituents to lobby … We believe that all people have the potential to become leaders and agents of change. November 16, 2008. Organizing for Action can dramatically increase the grassroots pressure on wavering legislators by bringing new resources and a broader base into the struggle. A Facebook user on June 25 posted a warning labeled, in all-caps, “todays (sic) history lesson" and attributed it to Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, who died in 2018. Obama said that the merger would create a “joint force that is focused on this issue of singular importance” (redistricting). [44] Hogan was an early member of Obama’s first presidential campaign, joining in February 2007, She eventually served as then-Senator Obama’s traveling press assistant and was the deputy press secretary in his reelection campaign. March 2, 2013. April 2, 2011. Katie Hogan is the executive director of OFA, named to the position in the spring of 2016. We are a potential chapter with Organizing for Action, a grassroots organization pushing forth issues we... OFA Savannah. Accessed April 18, 2018. Shaw. Rutenberg, Jim and Adam Nagourney. Accessed July 31, 2017. Haberkorn, Jennifer and Kenneth P. Vogel. The claim that he authored the contents of the post is FALSE. With more than 250 local chapters around the country, OFA volunteers are building the organization from the ground up, community by community, one conversation at a time – whether that’s on a front porch or on Facebook. allontheline.org As President Obama has said, the change we seek will take longer than one term or one presidency. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Explore resources and take action Join Us. “Organizing for America (OFA).” Discover the Network. [31], According to the Wall Street Journal, in its first year of existence in 2013 OFA received $500,000 donations from Fred Eychaner, the president of Newsweb Corp., and David Shaw, founder of New York investment management firm D.E. Seitz-Wald, Alex. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Zeleny, Jeff. Organizing for Action was created in January 2013 from the remains of President … Holder served in the Obama administration. [8], The group has also joined forces with the anti-Trump administration group Indivisible. The second iteration of OFA officially launched in mid-March 2009. They describe their approach as: The organization also sponsors the Communit… OFA advocates in several issue areas, including the environment and climate change, comprehensive immigration reform, preserving Obamacare, LGBT issues, abortion, and left-of-center economics. Lucas, Fred. Obama announced the consolidation of his Organizing for Action group into the National Democratic Redistricting Committee during a call with supporters this … Organizing for Action’s core purpose has been to build a more accessible and participatory democracy. “Jon Carson Will Soon Be Obama’s Most Important Man in Chicago.” Chicago Mag. We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. It found the column attributed to Krauthammer largely originated from the blog DailyJot.com in February 2017 — eight months before Nugent's post. Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2020/06/30/fact-check-charles-krauthammer-didnt-allege-obama-shadow-government/5348466002/, (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, ASSOCIATED PRESS), merging with National Redistricting Action Fund, it is a paraphrase of the conservative author, Did Charles Krauthammer Write an Op-Ed Called ‘The Enemy Among Us?’, How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency, Democrats disavow Obama's creation of rival political group, Obama political arm to merge with Holder-run group. within the Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy category. Organizing for Action will be separate from the Democratic National Committee, with Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina serving as the national chairman of the group. Donations may or may not be tax-deductible. “An Obama Insider, Running the Race From Afar.” The New York Times. Organizing for Action was a political activist organization that formed from Obama’s campaign committee in 2013, after he won his second term. January 22, 2013. Find ways you can meet anguish with action. Initially founded after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, the group sought to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama's … Metzler, Rebekah. [10], Also see National Democratic Redistricting Committee (PAC). [46], During Obama’s presidency, progressives criticized OFA for appearing to put then-President Obama’s influence up for sale. Organizing for Action stated on August 9, 2013 in an email to Obama supporters in Florida: Sen. Marco Rubio "refuses to accept the basic science" on climate change and is "a climate change denier." Real change—big change—takes many years and requires each generation to embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the title of Citizen. “Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump.” New York Post. Accessed August 1, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. [11] NDRC, a PAC formed by former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder in early 2017, funds Democratic Party politicians and litigates against Republican Party politicians for what it calls “gerrymandering” in state legislative and congressional districts. Organizing for Action was a political activist organization that formed from President Barack Obama’s campaign committee in 2013, after he won his second term. The columns attributed to Krauthammer in Nugent's post and the June 25 Facebook post are identical, down to a sentence nearing the bottom ending with two periods. Accessed August 1, 2017. organizing for action. February 10, 2017. “Katie Hogan new chief of Chicago-based Organizing for Action.” Chicago Sun Times. [4], Originally Obama for America, OFA was a part of President’ Obama’s first presidential election campaign,[5] eventually becoming a distant part of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) campaign apparatus called Organizing for America,[6] and finally becoming its own offshoot dubbed Organizing for Action. Accessed July 31, 2017. Organizing For Action. EIN: 46-1827418. powered by people like you. [1] On December 20, 2018, Obama announced that Organizing for Action would be folded into the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC). The bulk of the text used in the Facebook posts was lifted from the Daily Jot article, though with occasional edits. News, Analysis and Opinion from POLITICO. “About OFA.” OFA. No doubt Organizing for Action, which as of 2014 lists a total of 32,525 volunteers, has been associated politically with Obama, first as a candidate and then as 44th president of the United States. March 12, 2013. [52], In 2012, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas went into then-Organizing for America’s headquarters throughout the U.S. and, upon expressing their intent to commit voter fraud by casting multiple absentee ballots in multiple states, appeared to be encouraged to do so by Organizing for America representatives. It aimed to continue the grassroots organizing and training that helped propel Obama to the White House and his re-election. Organizing for Action rebranded in February 2019 as anti-gerrymandering organization All On The Line after merging with National Redistricting Action Fund, a group founded by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Ballhaus, Rebecca. February 18, 2017. Editorial. Obama-linked activists have a 'training manual' for protesting Trump. Accessed August 1, 2017. “The White House Joins the Cash Grab.” The New York Times. February 10, 2017. [28] Along with Indivisible, OFA is training local protesters and activists to disrupt town-halls and phone congressional offices. Charles Krauthammer won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1987. Obama’s Filling The White House, And Early.” The Atlantic. OFA aims to train community organizers in techniques for building grassroots support and in issue advocacy. “OFA and NDRC Announce Partnership.” National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Organizing for America was housed on the third floor of the Democratic National C… President Barack Obama is seen in May 2013. “Fundraising Picks Up for Pro-Obama Group OFA.” The Wall Street Journal. “Obama-Aligned Organizing for Action Relaunches for Trump Era.” NBC News. He shared the same text on his Facebook page in October 2017, though he attributed it to Krauthammer writing in the New York Post. Left-wing commentary site Mother Jones accused President Obama of joining “a long line of presidents to offer exclusive access for big bucks,” offering to large donors “exclusive perks unavailable to run-of-the-mill Obama supporters.”[47]  The New York Times editorial board joined in on the condemnation, saying OFA’s practices were “a fancy way of setting a price for access to Mr. Obama” and that “the frantic pursuit of big money makes it impossible to call this a grass-roots effort.”[48] The Times followed that if OFA did not limit donations to a few hundred dollars “it will be playing the same sleazy game that its opponents do , made even worse by the assent of the President.”[49], OFA has even courted direct influence peddling. [39] Before that, he served as the White House deputy chief of staff for operations in President Obama’s first term after acting as the chief of staff for Obama’s first Presidential campaign. OFA raised another $7.7 million in the third quarter of 2013, with a $150,000 donation from Anne Getty Earhart,[38] heir to the Paul Getty oil fortune and president of the environmentalist Marisla Foundation. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Accessed August 1, 2017. October 23, 2017. [50] After originally returning the check, Samantha Malzman, an OFA fundraiser, requested that the check be returned to the same address but instead made out to America Votes, an OFA partner organization that does not disclose its contributors, thereby hiding Piacentile’s donation from the public. Help us build this Foundation. “Organizing for Action Voluntary Contribution Disclosure.” OFA. Accessed August 1, 2017. Krauthammer, who wrote for the Washington Post for decades, is only bylined in the New York Post twice, according to its website. July 12, 2013. “The White House Is for Sale Under Barack Obama, Too.” Mother Jones. February 28, 2014. Shafer, Jack, Edward-Isaac Dovere, Neil Gershenfeld, Alan Gershenfeld, and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld. “If the Obama presidency is winding down, why is his group Organizing for Action ramping up?” The Washington Post. The 701-word post calls Organizing for Action a "shadow government" helmed by former President Barack Obama to "disrupt everything that our current president's administration is trying to do. [9] Indivisible has been criticized for controversial protest tactics. Help build this Foundation from the ground up, and be among the first to know about major news and updates. There … (Other Group), Sixteen Thirty Fund (1630 Fund) “Organizing for Action.” Ballotpedia. Krauthammer's research assistant, Mike Watson, further confirmed that Krauthammer "had nothing to do with" the column. Accessed August 1, 2017. [16] It was tasked with mobilizing support for Obamacare; supporting midterm campaigns in the 2010 election; and growing the grassroots volunteer, voter, and donor base developed by the Obama campaign in 2008. You can subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here. OFA discloses a self-reported list of all donors above $250 since its founding in 2013, a list that includes one corporation (union-owned Amalgamated Bank) and one donor-advised fund. Organizing for Action was a political activist organization that formed from President Barack Obama’s campaign committee in 2013, after he … First came Obama for America, the president’s vaunted information-age campaign organization. Accessed July 31, 2017. The IRS' NTEE classification is Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy N.E.C. Accessed August 1, 2017. Scola, Nancy. The formation of Organizing For Action (OFA) was announced on January 18, 2013 by First Lady Michelle Obama and OFA national chairman Jim Messina, who had served as President Barack Obama‘s 2012 campaign manager. Housed inside the Washington headquarters of the National Education Association, OFA was created specifically to succeed Organizing for America, which itself … Accessed August 1, 2017. “Secret donors back Obamacare push.” Politico. The column was pinned to an ominous image of Obama, with the words “traitor,” “shadow government” and “deep state” written underneath. The political activist organization works on anti-gerrymandering efforts under the rebranded name All on the Line. “Organizing for Action, Obama’s Group, Has Yet to Apply to IRS. In the White House, he worked first as the deputy assistant to the President and then under Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett as the operational director of the Office of Public Engagement.[43]. [7] Run almost entirely by Obama campaign alums, OFA has been accused of appearing to exchange access to the then-President for large donations. Accessed July 31, 2017. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Without weighing the merits of the article shared in the Facebook posts, we can say it was not authored by Krauthammer. These representatives even gave the undercover reporters multiple absentee ballots for “friends who they said wished to engage in the same tactic,” with one Organizing for America worker seeming to brag about how she herself had committed voter fraud to help elect President Obama.[53]. Facebook; Twitter; 2020 Elections. Shortly before Nugent’s 2017 post, the alleged authorship caught the attention of fact-checking website Snopes.com. The Daily Jot describes itself as “news analysis from a prophetic Christian worldview.” The Daily Jot author, Bill Wilson, confirmed to Snopes that he wrote the piece. Expenses: $5,860,985 Accessed August 1, 2017. [3] OFA also runs a six-week fellowship program to teach its supporters how to become community organizers. “Milkis, Sidney M. and John W. York. The new OFA was started in 2013 by Barack Obama and his team including Jim Messina, Jon Carson and others who have also worked for or financially supported Obama. Its reach includes conservative activist and musician Ted Nugent. During the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign, the party’s Association of State Democratic Committees secured pledges from all the top campaigns not to create similar organizations, which were seen as a duplication to the party, according to POLITICO. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Thank you for supporting our journalism. The primary vehicle of this campaign is Organizing for Action (OFA), legally founded in January 2013 by First Lady Michelle Obama and her husband’s 2012 campaign manager Jim … “If the Obama presidency is winding down, why is his group Organizing for Action ramping up?” The Washington Post. (For-profit), ImpactAssets donor advised fund: $500,000. “How Organizing for Action Plans to Keep Obama’s Foot Soldiers Enlisted.” The Atlantic. [24], In its first two years alone, OFA trained 10,000 organizers who then worked on the 2014 and 2016 campaigns, gathered an email list of 30-million, had 3 million donors, and claimed 2 million active participants. The current 501(c)(4) Organizing For Action is actually the third iteration of OFA, which itself reaches back to Barack Obama’s first presidential election campaign in 2008 when it was named “Obama for America.”Shortly before Obama’s inauguration, the then-President-elect announced that Obama for America would be reformed into Organizing for America. “Obama-Aligned Organizing for Action Relaunches for Trump Era.” NBC News. Obama is bordered by images of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a photoshopped image of former Vice President Joe Biden aiming a gun, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was tasked with investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian officials, and others. [13], The current 501(c)(4) Organizing For Action is actually the third iteration of OFA, which itself reaches back to Barack Obama’s first presidential election campaign in 2008 when it was named “Obama for America.”[14] Shortly before Obama’s inauguration, the then-President-elect announced that Obama for America would be reformed into Organizing for America. Accessed July 31, 2017. [23] OFA also staged rallies for progressive causes, and it continued to build out the e-mail list and voter databases used in Obama’s campaigns. February 10, 2017. [30]  Below is a sampling of the largest donations as disclosed by OFA from 2016 through mid-2017. Felsenthal, Carol. According to OFA's website, the group runs a program for new organizers—called the OFA Alumni Training Corps. Kroll, Andy. Organizing for Action is actually the third iteration of Obama’s grass-roots movement. [41], Jon Carson is the former executive director of OFA and a co-chairman of the board. Even the additional quote, from actual New York Post columnist Perry, isn’t a direct quote — it is a paraphrase of the conservative author, albeit one that captures his message. By Alex Seitz-Wald After a long period of withdrawal from the public eye, Organizing for Action, the political group that grew out of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, is ramping back … A veteran of numerous campaigns, including Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s failed campaign for the Congressional seat won by Peter Roskam (R-Illinois) in 2006 and one of Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold’s reelection campaigns, Carson joined Obama’s first presidential campaign as the director of voter contact and then national field director. Democrats disavow Obama's creation of rival political group Accessed July 31, 2017. Sperry, Paul. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, ASSOCIATED PRESS), “(Organizing for Action) wasn't helpful to the political work that needs to get done in building a bench,” Stephen Handwerk, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, told POLITICO. “ofa_2017_q1_disclosure.pdf.” OFA. organizing for action (ofa) is a non-partisan, issue advocacy organization committed to growing the grassroots movement by training, educating, and activating civically engaged community members across the country. Sweet, Lynn. “Obama’s Army Enlists in Redistricting Fight.” POLITICO. Once was for a printed excerpt from a speech he gave. October 23, 2017. It also didn’t leave Democrats with the warmest of feelings. Organizing for America, then Organizing for Action, (OFA) is a community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee. The Pulitzer-prize winning conservative commentator announced he was losing his battle to cancer less than two weeks ago. Accessed July 31, 2017. Most recently, OFA has teamed up with Indivisible, a major if ill-defined force in the “Resist” movement against President Donald Trump. “Organizing for America (OFA).” Discover the Network. U.S. News. January 22, 2013. “Get Trained.” OFA. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation heartbroken and outraged. Accessed August 1, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. April 18, 2016. ", The column also quotes conservative commentator Paul Sperry as writing, “The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.”. Accessed August 1, 2017. Accessed July 31, 2017. Accessed July 31, 2017. Revenue: $6,464,270 [27], OFA has joined together with Indivisible, a protest organization that is part of the so-called “resistance” movement opposed to the Trump presidency. Edward-Isaac Dovere. [17], Though this version of OFA took over many of the duties traditionally retained by the national party structure, Organizing for America technically remained in “departmental” status within the DNC and “retained control of its own e-mail list, and was managed by Obama campaign staffers rather than DNC personnel.”[18], After President Obama’s reelection in 2012, OFA was reorganized as Organizing for Action, “a policy-focused, chapter-based non-profit.”[19] The goal was to create a permanent campaign apparatus[20] that would champion the “agenda Americans voted for in 2012.”[21] Organizing for Action shifted its focus away from elections and toward “policy advocacy and implementation.”[22] OFA joined with Enroll America, a health care advocacy network staffed by Obama campaign alumni, to sign Americans up for Obamacare health insurance.
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