Obama campaign seeks input on future, whatever that may be
November 19th, 2012
11:17 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign seeks input on future, whatever that may be

(CNN) - While the election may be over, don't expect an end to the campaign emails–the latest of which hailed from President Barack Obama's re-election team Sunday evening.

The email asked for feedback from supporters about the president's campaign and signaled the organization may stick around for future use as a policy advocate tool under Obama's second term, or even further down the road as a blueprint for national Democratic candidates.

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Written by campaign manager Jim Messina, the email points supporters and activists to an online survey that asks basic database questions–such as age, gender, address, etc–as well as 30 detailed questions about supporters' experiences working with the campaign.

It further solicits input for future prospects for the group, which built unprecedented access to information about voters and had an aggressive push to make contact with them through phone calls and door knocks. At the end of the campaign, Obama's team said they had reached 125 million potential voters using their system of personalized contacts.

"Your hard work and passion defined this campaign and re-elected President Obama," the survey states. "Now, we're counting on you to help take this organization forward as we continue our work beyond 2012."

Messina and the deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, did not respond to requests for comments about the questionnaire and the organization's future.

After the 2008 election, Obama's campaign lived as Organizing for America, a wing of the Democratic National Committee. The group, however, faced some criticism for lack of focus and leadership as Obama's White House staff–many of who came from the campaign–centered on governing and addressing the worst of the recession. Some argued the group and its resources could have been better used to push the president's agenda.

Among the new survey's questions, supporters are asked how they got involved with the campaign and what kind of work they would like to do down the road. Activists are even asked if they're interested in running for office.

Following re-election, the president wasted no time taking advantage of the organization's massive base. Obama spoke to 30,000 supporters on a conference call last Tuesday about the fiscal cliff, rallying the troops as he began negotiations with congressional leaders to find a deficit-reduction package.

"Our work can't stop now," he said, according to audio of the call. "We're going to need you guys to stay active. We need you to stick with us and stay on this and I'm pledging to do a better job even than we did in the first term in making sure you guys stay involved, that you guys know exactly what we're doing, that we're giving you guys clear directions and talking points in terms of how we keep mobilizing across the country."

Also on the call was OFA's Battleground State Director Mitch Stewart, who, along with Deputy Director Jeremy Bird, did not return requests for comment about the call.

However, on a conference call with reporters two days after the election, top campaign advisers said they had plans to talk to supporters before taking any steps forward with the Obama campaign machine.

"We're going to go through a process with our supporters, and have conversations with them about what they want to do next," Messina said. "We've always listened to the ground."

David Plouffe, the White House senior adviser who led Obama's 2008 campaign, echoed those remarks, saying "you can't just transfer" the Obama campaign machine to another candidate.

"People are not going to spend hours away from their families and their jobs, contributing financially when it's hard from them to do it, unless the believe in the candidate," he said.

– CNN’s Ashley Killough, Kevin Liptak, Kevin Bohn, and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. GEN. BETRAYUS..WHOOPS....PETREUS

    Here's all the input you need: DO NOT BACK DOWN ON RAISING TAXES ON THE TOP 2%

    November 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. IDontBelieveIt

    What's the point of giving ideas to a clown who won't listen?

    OBAMA WON'T be told that adding another $500 Billion to the deficit from efforts to brake at the edge of the fiscal cliff while getting ONLY $150 Billion from taxing the rich/many of whom are job creators – WON 'T solve the problem.

    Someone should tell the clown that if you keep bleeding the body; the patient will die!

    After 4 years of cronyism and insane spending with America's plastic card – and doing NOTHING to tackle the deficit – Obama now wants to discount advice from EXPERTS and tax the rich.........he's like a parrot, but needs to understand that by repeating babble WON'T make a scrap of difference. Goodbye powerful USA – hello RECESSION!

    November 19, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Invest in education, particularly medical education. The ACA is going to create an increased demand for doctors and trained medical personnel. Medicine could become our next econmic shot in the arm, and those jobs cannot be exported.

    November 19, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. TheVoice2

    Elizabeth Warren 2016!

    November 19, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. simpson

    CNN why do you throw away any pretenses of even handedness when it comes to Israel?
    Now you are rushing in with "AMERICA SUPPORTS WHAT NETANYAHU IS DOING" Poll?. Can you be any more transparent with your pro Netanyahu Propaganda?

    November 19, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. just sayin

    advice??? yeah, learn how our economy works and stop trying to destroy it to push your leftist ideology.

    November 19, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    Invest in education, particularly medical education. The ACA is going to create an increased demand for doctors and trained medical personnel. Medicine could become our next econmic shot in the arm, and those jobs cannot be exported.
    ==========

    By invest you mean spend, spend and borrow to spend. Enough with the BS smoke and mirrors.

    And the ACA is going to increase the demand for doctors and many will choose to leave practicing medicine. Once the private health insurance industry is destroyed and the government takes over healthcare, who is going to want to become a low paid government employee/doctor? My doctor has already announced they are closing their practice. Thanks Obama, no changes right? Total BS.

    November 19, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It is 4-pages long; just finished filling it out; easy-piecey.
    Our work is not done.
    We have to stay focused and keep moving our nation FORWARD by supporting those that are up for re-election in 2 years tha suport the President's agenda – which is OUR agenda for the country.
    FORWARD America.

    November 19, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. just askin

    all obama does is campaign. four years and now eight years and forever? might be nice if he actually did some work for a change. i think all he wants to accomplish is to hear himself speak 24×7. this guy is the ultimate nascisist.

    November 19, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. ST

    @Tommy G
    By invest you mean spend, spend and borrow to spend. Enough with the BS smoke and mirrors

    Oh come on! we should not kid ourselves. The spending can not stop unless you want to push the nation back and look like a third world country. The entitlement should also continue unless you declare that you are going to cut short lives of many.

    November 19, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. maf

    @ idontbelieveit – It was a long last 4 years and looks like it will be an even LONGER 4 years coming up!! Were you Truth Hurts before the election? Maybe Reality Check??
    Just stop already!! More than 62 and a half MILLION people disagreed with your logic! If the Republicans won't play this time around, look for them to be ousted en masse in 2014.

    @ just sayin – you should figure out just what "left" is, cause the US certainly isn't anywhere near it. President Obama is trying to FIX the economy. GW and this version of the Republican party were/are the ones trying to ruin it!!

    November 19, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. mohamed

    Typical bunch of communists petty bureaucrats who will fight to the bitter to maintain their relevance to the public

    My feedback is: put the pen down and go get a real job to benefit the real economy

    When Mitt Romney's Alter Ego wins the next election, he then can bomb Iran back to the stone age and add at least 3 trillions dollars to the heap of unpayable debt

    November 19, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Mikey

    @IDontBelieveIt – What's the point...
    ******************************************
    Thanks for the tea party talking points. First, just because the President isn't doing what you want doesn't mean he isn't listening. Second, any rational analysis of the increase in the national debt over the past 3 years (the budgets set during the current Administration) shows a structural deficit primarily due to two wars, massive tax cuts from 10 years ago, Medicare Part D, and revenue shortfalls due to the recession. The current administration added a small slice with stimulus spending. We have been reluctant to enact large tax increases or spending reductions in this fragile economy, which has been prudent. Now is the time to begin that process in a balance manner and that is what the President is working toward. If you were to set aside your obvious distain for our President and listen with an open mind, you might actually understand some of this. Further, you might want to consider showing a little respect for the POTUS – at least the office if you are incapable of respecting the man (YOUR problem, not his). If you are looking for clowns, try buying a mirror.

    November 19, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Me IN HOUSTON

    YOU WANT INPUT ON THE FUTURE?!?!
    FINE!!!
    You guys need to take over the Democratic Party the same way the Tea Party took over the GOP
    There is your future

    November 19, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. mohamed

    I can't stand bureaucrats, and here we have journalists (not a very honorable profession) singing the praise of bureaucrats and poilitical chiefs (who are even less honorable than their journalist suckers)

    November 19, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Chris Snyder

    Obama needs to get me a new cellphone, send me $100, and buy everyone in the US a chocolate cake. This will cost much less than the $60B per year it would have cost to give Republican contributors/millionaires a 20% tax cut.

    November 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Anyone been listening to right wing radio? No, well you should. The latest conspiracy theory out that's growing like a wild fire is that Pres. Obama will commit some sort of deceptive act, which will empower him to have a THIRD TERM! Google it, you'll find it I'm sure.

    November 19, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. just askin

    will they rename the organization to pravda??? it would be appropriate.

    November 19, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. maf

    @ just askin @ Chris nothing better to do today? Try something constructive!! Good effective discourse and an exchange of NEW ideas would be fantastic. Fanatical harping is just not productive.

    November 19, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. bandylaube

    Number One- Show fiscal Responsibility! Number 2 – Like the first, Point out that our Negative Balance of Trade – 45 Billion per Month and $13 Trillion over the last 40 years is the number one reason why our economy is in trouble. Money is leaving the country and creating jobs overseas to the detriment of American workers. Two Thirds of that is for oil and 1/3 for goods and services. Americans need to get control of their petroleum usage!!

    November 19, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Travis

    @ Mikey
    "Further, you might want to consider showing a little respect for the POTUS – at least the office if you are incapable of respecting the man (YOUR problem, not his). "

    I'll bet you were pretty upset then when that journalist threw his shoe at former President Bush then, right? I mean, that seemed pretty disrepectful.

    November 19, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. grassroot

    OB should move to the middle, unless his aim is to bring down capitalism, the free will of the people and this country.
    Destroy the currency and you make it all the more easily for the radical left to deconstruct this country.
    As their mentor and financial backer G. Soros wants a " New World Order."

    November 19, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Don't Tread on Me

    >Rudy NYC
    >Anyone been listening to right wing radio? No, well you should. The latest conspiracy theory out that's growing like a >wild fire is that Pres. Obama will commit some sort of deceptive act, which will empower him to have a THIRD TERM! >Google it, you'll find it I'm sure.

    I think somebody has far too much free time on their hands.... might want to get a hobby.

    Once Obama causes the collapse of the country under his massive debt build up, one does wonder what a leftist like Obama might try and pull. Thankfully the Founding Fathers ensured we have a well armed militia to ensure the survival of the Republic. He wouldn't get too far.

    November 19, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Data Driven

    OFA should be used as a reality-check to the President by the folks who worked so hard to get him reelected. Our first priority: no caving on ending the Bush Tax Cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Accountability to the base should be the first priority. I don't see the point of a campaign machine that elects centrists and Blue Dogs.

    November 19, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Don't Tread On Me wrote:

    I think somebody has far too much free time on their hands.... might want to get a hobby.

    Once Obama causes the collapse of the country under his massive debt build up, one does wonder what a leftist like Obama might try and pull. Thankfully the Founding Fathers ensured we have a well armed militia to ensure the survival of the Republic. He wouldn't get too far.
    ------------------------
    It's called NYC traffic jams. Don't condemn me. I'm just the messenger. That's your right wing talking....with too much time on their hands.

    And your prediction of doom and gloom is exactly what the latest conspiracy theory predicts. That somehow a existential crisis will arise, precipitated by some devious act, that will somehow empower Pres. Obama to have a thrid term.

    The most popular conspiracy theories say the Pres. Obama will repeal the 22nd Amendment, so he can be POTUS for life. Seriously google this "third term for obama" I'm just the messenger.

    November 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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