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Never in U.S. history has a sitting president morphed his campaign team into a tax-exempt nonprofit designed to use its voter databases to ramrod a president's legislative agenda. Until now.

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Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday January 21, 2013, 5:18 pm
Never in U.S. history has a sitting president morphed his campaign team into a tax-exempt nonprofit designed to use its voter databases to ramrod a president’s legislative agenda. Until now.

On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obama campaign, officially known as Obama for America, will soon be turned into a 501 (c) 4 social welfare non-profit called Organizing For Action that can raise unlimited donations and will become “the next phase of our movement for change.” Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will become the group’s chairman of the board, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod will be a consultant, and Obama media strategist David Plouffe will join the group once he exits the White House.

According to Politico, the group claims it will disclose its donors and not take money from lobbyists or political action committees (PACs), but will take unlimited money from corporations.

“It’s ironic and puzzling that a grassroots organization with a public interest agenda is going to take unlimited corporate money. It doesn’t square,” said Mary Boyle of Common Cause. “There’s one reason that corporations spends money on politics–they’re looking for something in return.”

In 2008, President Obama refused to take corporate cash to fund his inaugural. In 2012, he reversed that decision, having recently accepted a $250,000 check from ExxonMobil. The fact a sitting president’s former campaign team will be accepting corporate donations, to some, smacks of a double-standard that invites cronyism. Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, blasted the decision:
“They won’t take money from MoveOn, Democracy for America, or Progressive Change Campaign Committee PACs, but will accept million-dollar checks from Bank of America and Goldman Sachs? What’s the principle there? No big bank or corporation will donate million-dollar checks to OFA without the expectation that it will impact which issues they engage on, and that’s very troubling,” Green said.

One of the driving reasons the Obama campaign is turning itself into a tax-exempt non-profit is to maintain the team of tech wizards the campaign assembled to build its massive data mining and targeting apparatus. “No existing group has the technical resources to manage the data,” writes Natalie Jennings of the Washington Post. "If we can take the enthusiasm and passion that people showed throughout the campaign and channel it into the work ahead of us, we will be unstoppable," said Organizing For Action Board Chairman Jim Messina.

By law, 501 (c) 4 non-profits like Organizing For Action do not have to disclose their donors or the amounts donated. In the past, Messina has blasted conservative 501 (c) 4 organizations as shadowy, secret money groups backed by anonymous donors and corporate interests. In a June email, Messina said:

“They have a vested interest in being able to spend millions anonymously to influence our elections—many of the corporations and individuals funding their organizations don’t want their agendas to receive scrutiny from the press or the public We can make sure they don’t get away with hiding these donors—or their agendas. But it’s going to take a lot of us standing up, putting our foot down, and saying ‘Hell no.’”

First Lady Michelle Obama cut a video to promote the Obama’s campaign’s decision to turn itself into a 501 (c) 4 nonprofit and explained why citizens should get involved.

“I often think back to one of my first dates with Barack, all those years ago,” said Mrs. Obama. “Back then, he spoke to me about the world as it is and the world as it should be and our obligation to bridge that divide. The work you’ve done has brought us so much closer to the world as it should be. But we aren’t there yet…So I hope you will join Organizing For Action.”

Roseann d (178)
Monday January 21, 2013, 5:35 pm
Why not....that's how the GOP rips us off. In fact, a lot of the propaganda you post are from GOP non-profits. American Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks all come to mind. So if the GOP stops playing dirty....stealing money from the American people with all of their nonprofits, then we can effectively keep money out of politics. Overturn Citizens United.✓&keywords=GOP+nonprofits+superpacs

Arielle S (313)
Monday January 21, 2013, 5:59 pm
I think it's brilliant - it's also a great way to get average citizens involved in helping decide the shape we will be taking. I could see how that might upset the GOP...too bad, so sad.

JL A (281)
Monday January 21, 2013, 6:37 pm
A variety of proverbs come to mind--what's good for the goose is good for the gander & the Bible speaks of ignoring the speck in someone else's eye until you've removed the log from your own eye, to mention two.

Nancy L (141)
Monday January 21, 2013, 7:40 pm
Should hebpay HIS fair share?

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:05 pm
The only reason for doing this is for a power play for the Democratic party and his power in keeping control of this have not seen anything yet if he gets by with it!!! Everything he does is for his own benefit and what HE wants done...he could give a flying flip about you!! And here you are thinking this is a great idea!! Unbelievable!!

JL A (281)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:40 pm
Clinton and Carter are continuing to contribute to society via their foundations that sound similar. A far better post-presidential service model than the other recent presidents provided us with how they spent(d) their time.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:54 pm
Do you have any particular Presidents in mind J.L.!?

JL A (281)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:13 pm
All reports I've read indicate that Reagan and both Bushes have spent their time earning money for themselves or in corporate activities rather than in fundraising or foundation work to address world issues like poverty (Carter's name has long been associated with Habitat for Humanity, for example). Just a kind of model that fits my images of making a difference in this world and in people's lives like Care2's mission.

Jae A (316)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:46 pm
Good for him....according to the rightwing propaganda machine he's gonna RAMROD his agenda ....and form a non profit foundation ..much like that of other Liberal Presidents have in the past. Well I'm for cover..grab ye muskets...Better send Paul Ryan to warn the villagers.

Reason ye ain't seen nothing yet is due to the obstructionist ,"deer in head lights" over the last election... GOP in Congress folks. It's surprising that he has been able to kept the nation afloat the past four years without them isn't it ...Now that is what is shocking for real.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:43 pm
J.L. Well I can't tell you exactly what the other Presidents have done with any of their money after they left office. I do know that when Reagan was in office and he came down with Alziehmers (sp?) the fact he brought this out to Americans it brought in a substantial amount of money towards that organization. So I am sure that during the other Presidents terms there was some form of Charity donated also. Yes Jimmy Carter donated his time to building HUD homes. I won't say though that other Presidents who left office contributed to or organized and built any other Charities with their own money. I know all of them have donated during their terms in office. So I imagine like anyone else who retires their money goes to whatever they feel is appropriate after they leave office.

Ro H (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:53 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:15 am
Really, Carol. Are you going to spend another 4 years of your hateful life on this crap?

Not worthy!!!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:47 am
Thanks so much Ro! Would LOVE it if you could also note the story! Much appreciated!!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 11:50 am
Don't do it, Ro!! It feeds the crazy trolls. We just need to seperate our lives.
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