Feb 8, 2013 Comments Off on Obama’s Organizing For Action Says It’s Non-Partisan Infidel
Excerpted from Politico: President Barack Obama’s new nonprofit Organizing for Action insists that promoting the White House’s legislative agenda can’t be counted as “partisan political activity.”
The organization on Wednesday quietly posted new guidelines on its website formally declaring its intention to stay out of campaign politics.
“Neither OFA nor its chapters will be involved in any way in elections or partisan political activity,” OFA wrote. “Its exclusive purpose is public policy advocacy and development, and in particular, both enactment of President Obama’s legislative agenda and the identification and advancement of other goals for progressive change at the state and local level.
The freshly articulated mission language mirrors that of similarly structured conservative groups that have played heavily in recent elections and have drawn criticism from Obama and his allies for corrupting democracy and abusing the tax code.
Obama’s aides don’t deny the inherently political nature of their new group, which has been billed as the successor to Obama’s vaunted campaign apparatus and it’s being run by former White House and campaign officials.
“I think we can affect elections even if legally we can’t be involved with them for this particular organization,”Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said last month.