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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

OFA Reverses on Corporate Money

At CNN, OFA chief Jim Messina insists that there is a meaningful distinction between issue advocacy and express advocacy.  He also says that the group will not take corporate money after all.
There has been some confusion about what Organizing for Action is and is not. Organizing for Action is an issue advocacy group, not an electoral one. We'll mobilize to support the president's agenda, but we won't do so on behalf of political candidates. The president has always believed that special interests have undue influence over the policymaking process, and the mission of this organization is to rebalance the power structure.
While Organizing for Action is a nonprofit social welfare organization that faces a lower disclosure threshold than a political campaign, we believe in being open and transparent. That's why every donor who gives $250 or more to this organization will be disclosed on the website with the exact amount they give on a quarterly basis. We have now decided not to accept contributions from corporations, federal lobbyists or foreign donors.