Let’s not be naive here, folks. This is a group created by Obama to raise money for Obama and they run his Twitter account, for crying out loud. Why would anyone waste their breath urging Obama to distance himself from this bogus 501(c)(4)? Over shady fundraising? C’mon, this is Obama we’re talkign abotu. It’s not as if the media is the least bit interested.
A campaign finance reform group is calling on President Obama to shut down the political advocacy organization born out of his reelection campaign, after it admitted last week to violating its own fundraising standards.
In a letter sent to President Obama on Tuesday, watchdog group Democracy 21 called Organizing for Action (OFA) “a direct threat to the integrity” of Obama’s presidency and said reports about the fundraising missteps “raise multiple, serious concerns” about the influence of the group.
“Democracy 21 strongly urges you to shut down Organizing for Action or, alternatively, to end any relationship that you and your Administration have with OFA,” the group wrote.
Last week, OFA announced it was revamping its solicitation practices and had fired a top fundraiser after an NBC News report revealed emails between the group and New Jersey businessman Munr Kazmir explicitly listing prices to attend a summit last week with the president.
The emails conflicted with a pledge from former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, who wrote in an op-ed last year that “we can’t and we won’t guarantee access to any government officials.”
While Kazmir ultimately did not donate to the group, the NBC News investigation revealed he did attempt to deliver a $100,000 donation from a New Jersey physician, Dr. Joseph Piacentile.
The check was returned because Piacentile has been convicted of Medicare fraud, but Kazmir was asked to have Piacentile donate the money instead to America Votes, a partner organization that, unlike OFA, does not disclose its donors.
The organization subsequently admitted it was the third time fundraisers had asked for donations to be diverted to other progressive groups.
The media isn’t interested in these stories for the most part, or we should say the networks and cable news. Campaign finance only matters if they can be smear the Koch Brothers. Heck, do you expect to see anyone on television mention this guy?
This is not the first time OFA has faced scrutiny from watchdog groups for its fundraising practices and ties to the White House.
After a disputed report last year in The New York Times claimed that donors who gave $500,000 would be guaranteed quarterly access to the president, and a $50,000 donation was required to attend a founder’s summit, Common Cause President Bob Edgar accused Obama of perpetuating “the pay-to-play politics he has reportedly deplored.”
Does anyone even remember hearing a peep about that?