The New York Times reported that Organizing for Action (OFA) is selling access to Mr. Obama for $500,000. As a point of fact, OFA was Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign organization. Now it is rebranding itself and claiming to be a social welfare group, which exempts it from campaign finance laws and regulations, and allows it to solicit unlimited amounts of contributions without being required to report where and how it gets its money or what the money is being used for.
Here, Obama’s Press Secretary, Jay Carney, denies that Organizing for Action is in any way related to Obama or the White House, or that there is anything unethical about what is going on. He does not deny, however, that the group is selling access. When pressed, Carney stomped away.
Is OFA now completely independent of Obama, with no contact or coordination between and the two, as Carney suggests? Well, here is Obama’s Twitter profile. Decide for yourself if it is an independent social welfare organization involved in issues advocacy, and not an integral part of Obama’s permanent political campaign.