WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama camp is calling the president’s supporters into action behind his agenda for the first time since his inauguration.
Organizing for America — the former campaign apparatus that is now a two-week-old arm of the Democratic National Committee — is sending an e-mail to anyone who was involved with an Obama house party during the campaign season, asking them to host similar gatherings next weekend to push for the president’s economic stimulus plan. That package, which passed the House this week without Republican support, is currently being considered by the Senate.
OFA will be making an open call for online questions, which the Obama team will use to craft a video for distribution to house party hosts. Once again, all supporters will be able to access a searchable list of meetings being held in their area.
Marching orders on media or lobbying strategies are not the priority — instead, organizers will be sent statistics on how Obama’s plan might affect their state, and given a downloadable party kit, similar to the one provided by the group when it called for the first round of home gatherings earlier this month.
“The video will outline the basics of the plan and how it will impact working families,” wrote OFA’s director, Mitch Stewart, in the Friday morning message. “It will also include answers to questions from folks across the country. Invite your friends and family to watch the video, discuss the plan, and help build support for it. Don't worry if you've never hosted a house meeting before - we'll make sure you have everything you need to make it a success.”
The house meetings are scheduled for next weekend, February 6-8.