OFA: Independent? Really?
White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, tried really hard to make it look like OFA (formerly Obama for America, now Organizing for America) was a completely independent group like any other policy advocacy group. He was doing this because of reports that OFA was selling access to the White House. Watch the video:
Why? Because while Carney was saying all this, OFA’s twitter account (@BarackObama) was tweeting stuff about how awful Obama’s sequester was going to be and that we needed “jobs not cuts.”
First, let’s look at these “cuts.”
Maybe I’m just a dumb conservative, but when I hear “cuts” I think “spending goes down.” What we see here is that spending continues to go up, so… cuts. Right. But I digress.
Back to OFA’s Twitter account – @BarackObama (I repeat this because, you know, this is an “independent” group and supposedly about issues advocacy not about, you know, one politician).
Here’s OFA’s Twitter account’s biography:
This account is run by Organizing for Action staff. Tweets from the President are signed -bo.
Can anyone else point me in the direction of an “independent” group, supposedly legally barred from coordinating directly with a campaign or politician, has a Twitter account that it shares with a campaign or politician? Anyone? Anyone?
OFA is not an “independent” group. It is the mechanism used by the president – who shares at the very minimum a Twitter account with the organization – to lobby Congress for his agenda. This whole “independent” nonsense is a way for OFA to avoid having to disclose its donors. Period. Why? Because they need a lot of money. The very same “dark money” that Obama spent years decrying.
I won’t be surprised if OFA “suddenly” relinquishes control of the @BarackObama twitter account soon. Or, they’ll change the handle, and Obama will create a new one for his own stuff. We’ll see.