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]. Accessed July 31, 2017. As President Obama has said, the change we seek will take longer than one term or one presidency. The All On The Line campaign began after Organizing for Action, an Obama political organization, merged with his former Attorney General Eric Holder's group, the National Redistricting Action … Accessed April 17, 2018. OFA and Indivisible jointly published a “recess toolkit,” guiding its grassroots supporters in how to engage with members of Congress when they are in their districts and states during House and Senate recesses. Haberkorn, Jennifer and Kenneth P. Vogel. February 10, 2017. Organizing for America, then Organizing for Action, (OFA) is a community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee. “Organizing for Action Voluntary Contribution Disclosure.” OFA. Its reach includes conservative activist and musician Ted Nugent. All Rights Reserved. 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. U.S. News. Accessed August 1, 2017. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Ballhaus, Rebecca. “An Obama Insider, Running the Race From Afar.” The New York Times. Accessed July 31, 2017. powered by people like you. Accessed April 18, 2018. Zeleny, Jeff. Copyright 2020 InfluenceWatch. [29], OFA publicly proclaims it publicizes all donations over $250 and disavows donations from corporations. within the Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy category. Organizing for Action (OFA) is the latest incarnation of Organizing for America, the Obama campaign organization that was moved into the Democratic National Committee in 2009.. February 10, 2017. 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. ", 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.”. Editorial. Kroll, Andy. July 29, 2015. OFA aims to train community organizers in techniques for building grassroots support and in issue advocacy. Krauthammer's research assistant, Mike Watson, further confirmed that Krauthammer "had nothing to do with" the column. “OFA and NDRC Announce Partnership.” National Democratic Redistricting Committee. 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 was housed on the third floor of the Democratic National C… 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. 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. The political activist organization works on anti-gerrymandering efforts under the rebranded name All on the Line. Revenue: $6,464,270 Accessed July 31, 2017. February 18, 2017 | 10:30am. You can subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here. “Organizing for Action.” Ballotpedia. “Get Trained.” OFA. Help build this Foundation from the ground up, and be among the first to know about major news and updates. [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. “Fundraising Picks Up for Pro-Obama Group OFA.” The Wall Street Journal. The image was watermarked to a Twitter account that supports the right-wing conspiracy theory QAnon. Find ways you can meet anguish with action. [8], The group has also joined forces with the anti-Trump administration group Indivisible. “ofa_2016_q4_disclosure.pdf.” OFA. (Other Group), Sixteen Thirty Fund (1630 Fund) Holder served in the Obama administration. February 10, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. The second iteration of OFA officially launched in mid-March 2009. Join Unite Oregon and help build a unified, intercultural movement for justice in our state. 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]. Organizing for Action was a political activist organization that formed from President Barack Obama’s campaign committee in 2013, after he … Accessed August 1, 2017. [45] Hogan was one of the founding members of Organizing for Action and served as the communications director before becoming executive director. Accessed August 1, 2017. 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. February 1, 2013. 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. “Melding Obama’s Web to a YouTube Presidency.” The New York Times. (For-profit), Amalgamated Bank of New York (Amalgamated Bank) (Non-profit), 270 Strategies Accessed July 31, 2017. Explore resources and take action Join Us. April 2, 2011. 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 … Shaw. Katie Hogan is the executive director of OFA, named to the position in the spring of 2016. November 16, 2008. October 23, 2017. 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. (For-profit), ImpactAssets donor advised fund: $500,000. Accessed August 1, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. Then take action,” OFA called on constituents to lobby … 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." In an email obtained by Politico in October 2017, Barack Obama wrote to recipients: “OFA volunteers and supporters will provide the grassroots organizing capacity and mobilization that we’ll need to win state-level elections and move other initiatives forward ahead of the 2021 redistricting process, making sure that states are in the best position to draw fair maps.”[12], On December 20, 2018, the Atlantic wrote that, according to Obama, Organizing for Action would be folded into the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Accessed July 31, 2017. Further, Organizing for Action is not a shadow government formed by former President Barack Obama. We are a potential chapter with Organizing for Action, a grassroots organization pushing forth issues we... OFA Savannah. “’Indivisible,’ With Ties to George Soros, Sows Division Against Trump, GOP Lawmakers.” The Daily Signal. [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. “Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump.” New York Post. The Pulitzer-prize winning conservative commentator announced he was losing his battle to cancer less than two weeks ago. Accessed July 31, 2017. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. “The White House Is for Sale Under Barack Obama, Too.” Mother Jones. According to OFA's website, the group runs a program for new organizers—called the OFA Alumni Training Corps. News, Analysis and Opinion from POLITICO. Felsenthal, Carol. [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. [10], Also see National Democratic Redistricting Committee (PAC). Accessed August 1, 2017. [9] Indivisible has been criticized for controversial protest tactics. “Milkis, Sidney M. and John W. York. Organizing for Action is actually the third iteration of Obama’s grass-roots movement. Organizing for Action was created in January 2013 from the remains of President … 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. [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. [3] OFA also runs a six-week fellowship program to teach its supporters how to become community organizers. Our fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook. Philanthropist and Author Amy Goldman donated $250,000. Organizing for Action is a nonprofit organization established to support President Obama in achieving... OFA Lee County. Once was for a printed excerpt from a speech he gave. “Obama’s Army Enlists in Redistricting Fight.” POLITICO. January 22, 2013. 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. Organizing For Action We’ve now joined forces with Eric Holder’s redistricting team @allontheline!Follow us there for updates & keep organizing for a more fair democracy. Sperry, Paul. The column was pinned to an ominous image of Obama, with the words “traitor,” “shadow government” and “deep state” written underneath. “Secret donors back Obamacare push.” Politico. 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. 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. 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. The column has spread far over the years, but never links back to one of the news organizations Krauthammer wrote for in his decades-long career. “Obama-Aligned Organizing for Action Relaunches for Trump Era.” NBC News. Political consultant Jim Messina is the chairman of OFA and was the manager of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. “About OFA.” OFA. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Organizing for Action (OFA) was an advocacy group that was the lineal descendant of the campaign organizations supporting the election of former President Barack Obama, Obama for America and Organizing for America. Thank you for signing up. [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. Real change—big change—takes many years and requires each generation to embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the title of Citizen. Accessed July 31, 2017. Obama announced the consolidation of his Organizing for Action group into the National Democratic Redistricting Committee during a call with supporters this … 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. [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. Facebook; Twitter; 2020 Elections. Accessed July 31, 2017. January 25, 2009. EIN: 46-1827418. First came Obama for America, the president’s vaunted information-age campaign organization. organizing for action. Krauthammer, who wrote for the Washington Post for decades, is only bylined in the New York Post twice, according to its website. 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Initially founded after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, the group sought to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama's … Lucas, Fred. Metzler, Rebekah. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. “Organizing for Action, Obama’s Group, Has Yet to Apply to IRS. “Katie Hogan new chief of Chicago-based Organizing for Action.” Chicago Sun Times. [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. (Photo: Gabe Hernandez, AP). Shortly before Nugent’s 2017 post, the alleged authorship caught the attention of fact-checking website Snopes.com. subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here. President Barack Obama is seen in May 2013. “If the Obama presidency is winding down, why is his group Organizing for Action ramping up?” The Washington Post. March 12, 2013. “Jon Carson Will Soon Be Obama’s Most Important Man in Chicago.” Chicago Mag. [28] Along with Indivisible, OFA is training local protesters and activists to disrupt town-halls and phone congressional offices. It found the column attributed to Krauthammer largely originated from the blog DailyJot.com in February 2017 — eight months before Nugent's post. The IRS' NTEE classification is Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy N.E.C. [51] After being questioned by reporters for this action, OFA returned the check without forwarding it to America Votes, publicly apologized, and fired Malzman. Obama’s Filling The White House, And Early.” The Atlantic. 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