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. [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. ", 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. “Milkis, Sidney M. and John W. York. Accessed July 31, 2017. January 25, 2009. Accessed August 1, 2017. February 18, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. The Pulitzer-prize winning conservative commentator announced he was losing his battle to cancer less than two weeks ago. 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. Democrats disavow Obama's creation of rival political group “If the Obama presidency is winding down, why is his group Organizing for Action ramping up?” The Washington Post. “How Organizing for Action Plans to Keep Obama’s Foot Soldiers Enlisted.” The Atlantic. Kroll, Andy. “Jon Carson Will Soon Be Obama’s Most Important Man in Chicago.” Chicago Mag. July 12, 2013. [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. Scola, Nancy. It aimed to continue the grassroots organizing and training that helped propel Obama to the White House and his re-election. Help us build this Foundation. (For-profit), Amalgamated Bank of New York (Amalgamated Bank) Its reach includes conservative activist and musician Ted Nugent. 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Charles Krauthammer won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1987. Accessed August 1, 2017. April 18, 2016. Shaw. Most recently, OFA has teamed up with Indivisible, a major if ill-defined force in the “Resist” movement against President Donald Trump. [40]  Messina has been the chief of staff for several Democratic members of Congress, including former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). Accessed August 1, 2017. 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 … According to OFA's website, the group runs a program for new organizers—called the OFA Alumni Training Corps. Organizing for Action is a movement of millions of Americans, coming together to fight for real, lasting change. [9] Indivisible has been criticized for controversial protest tactics. 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. “Secret donors back Obamacare push.” Politico. (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. March 2, 2013. Metzler, Rebekah. Further, Organizing for Action is not a shadow government formed by former President Barack Obama. Accessed April 18, 2018. 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. February 10, 2017. Thank you for supporting our journalism. Obama said that the merger would create a “joint force that is focused on this issue of singular importance” (redistricting). Without weighing the merits of the article shared in the Facebook posts, we can say it was not authored by Krauthammer. In 2014, Dr. Joseph Piacentile, a man convicted of Medicare fraud and tax evasion in 1991, was seeking a Presidential pardon and, while his request was pending, sent a $100,000 check to OFA. Once was for a printed excerpt from a speech he gave. “The White House Joins the Cash Grab.” The New York Times. Organizing For Action. As President Obama has said, the change we seek will take longer than one term or one presidency. Sperry, Paul. Join Unite Oregon and help build a unified, intercultural movement for justice in our state. They describe their approach as: The organization also sponsors the Communit… Accessed August 1, 2017. The claim that he authored the contents of the post is FALSE. Then take action,” OFA called on constituents to lobby … “How Organizing for Action Plans to Keep Obama’s Foot Soldiers Enlisted.” The Atlantic. Copyright 2020 InfluenceWatch. “Organizing for Action Voluntary Contribution Disclosure.” OFA. “Katie Hogan new chief of Chicago-based Organizing for Action.” Chicago Sun Times. “Organizing for Action.” Ballotpedia. 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." 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. Organizing for Action By Charles Krauthammer I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called "Organizing for Action" (OFA). Organizing for Action was a political activist organization that formed from President Barack Obama’s campaign committee in 2013, after he … “ofa_2016_q4_disclosure.pdf.” OFA. It also didn’t leave Democrats with the warmest of feelings. [3] OFA also runs a six-week fellowship program to teach its supporters how to become community organizers. Revenue: $6,464,270 He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. President Barack Obama is seen in May 2013. Accessed August 1, 2017. 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. “Obama-Aligned Organizing for Action Relaunches for Trump Era.” NBC News. “Obama’s Army Enlists in Redistricting Fight.” POLITICO. 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. We believe that all people have the potential to become leaders and agents of change. The image was watermarked to a Twitter account that supports the right-wing conspiracy theory QAnon. April 2, 2011. [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. Real change—big change—takes many years and requires each generation to embrace the obligations and opportunities that come with the title of Citizen. Thank you for signing up. Edward-Isaac Dovere. February 10, 2017. News, Analysis and Opinion from POLITICO. “ofa_2017_q1_disclosure.pdf.” OFA. Scola, Nancy. [42] Called a “damn genius” by the President he helped to elect, Carson helped amass President Obama’s multi-million-person campaign email list. Accessed August 1, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. [25] Because of these activities, many Democrats believe OFA took up “what the more constrained national party committees once did, and in doing so might be providing a valuable service to all Democrats.”[26], After the election of President Donald Trump, OFA retained much of its senior leadership shifted its focus to defending Obamacare, joining together with other liberal groups like Center for American Progress and MoveOn.org, as well as the abortion network Planned Parenthood. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. [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. Shortly before Nugent’s 2017 post, the alleged authorship caught the attention of fact-checking website Snopes.com. 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. [2] OFA’s website now links to the homepage of All On the Line, a project of the NDRC. [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. Obama said that the merger would create a “joint force that is focused on this issue of singular importance” (redistricting). Haberkorn, Jennifer and Kenneth P. Vogel. Zeleny, Jeff. 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. 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. There … January 22, 2013. Accessed August 1, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. Accessed July 31, 2017. Accessed August 1, 2017. Find ways you can meet anguish with action. February 10, 2017. July 29, 2015. [30]  Below is a sampling of the largest donations as disclosed by OFA from 2016 through mid-2017. 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. 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]. All On The Line is a national campaign on a mission to end gerrymandering, restore fairness to our democracy, and ensure every American has an equal say in our government. “Organizing for America (OFA).” Discover the Network. [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. Accessed July 31, 2017. 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 is actually the third iteration of Obama’s grass-roots movement. Katie Hogan is the executive director of OFA, named to the position in the spring of 2016. [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. We are a potential chapter with Organizing for Action, a grassroots organization pushing forth issues we... OFA Savannah. Sweet, Lynn. Accessed August 1, 2017. Organizing for America was housed on the third floor of the Democratic National C… The bulk of the text used in the Facebook posts was lifted from the Daily Jot article, though with occasional edits. Organizing for America, then Organizing for Action, (OFA) is a community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee. OFA was a 501(c)(4) devoted to preserving and building on the Obama agenda. Organizing For Action Donors List Features Loyal Democratic Funders By Paul Blumenthal WASHINGTON -- The campaign now known as Organizing for Action released a list of its donors on Friday, covering the first three months since the Obama reelection committee reorganized as a social welfare nonprofit. Rutenberg, Jim and Adam Nagourney. 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. [45] Hogan was one of the founding members of Organizing for Action and served as the communications director before becoming executive director. EIN: 46-1827418. Krauthammer, who wrote for the Washington Post for decades, is only bylined in the New York Post twice, according to its website. 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. We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. “Get Trained.” OFA. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. 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. February 1, 2013. 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. 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