Messina defends OFA from criticism; says won't take corporate cash
March 7th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
1 year ago

Messina defends OFA from criticism; says won't take corporate cash

Washington (CNN) – Jim Messina is pushing back against criticism that the group he chairs, Organizing for Action, is a special interest group for President Barack Obama that offers access to the president to top dollar donors.

And in a new op-ed on CNN.com Thursday morning, Messina also announced that OFA, which was created from the grassroots wing of the president's 2012 re-election campaign, will not "accept contributions from corporations, federal lobbyists or foreign donors."

The opinion piece from Messina, who ran Obama's re-election campaign, comes as the non profit advocacy group comes under attack for being like other organizations that take large donations from anonymous wealthy contributors and corporations.

But Messina reaffirmed that even though by law it doesn't have to, "we believe in being open and transparent. That's why every donor who gives $250 or more to this organization will be disclosed on the website with the exact amount they give on a quarterly basis."

And Messina wrote that OFA is not offering any special access to the president.

"Whether you're a volunteer or a donor, we can't and we won't guarantee access to any government officials," he wrote. "But just as the president and administration officials deliver updates on the legislative process to Americans and organizations across the ideological spectrum, there may be occasions when members of Organizing for Action are included in those updates. These are not opportunities to lobby - they are briefings on the positions the president has taken and the status of seeing them through."

Read the entire op-ed at CNN.com


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    What is the problem? The group is playing by the rules that conservatives fought so hard to put in place, which liberals have traditionally fought against. I think the real problem is the OFA policy against accepting donations from corporations and other sources they deemed off limits. Conservatives cannot raise enough funds to match them without those sources. So, they look for other faults: false, imagined, or otherwise.

    March 7, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. WiredweirdinSF

    That will not be the first lie that Messina and his master have told. In fact they are noted for it.

    March 7, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    "open and transparent"- just like the administration, yeah right. Actually stonewall, and cover-up are trade marks of this administration.

    March 7, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. muchthunder..little rain

    its always about the big money ...no wonder america thinks both sides are corrupt..

    March 7, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "But just as the president and administration officials deliver updates on the legislative process to Americans and organizations across the ideological spectrum, there may be occasions when members of Organizing for Action are included in those updates.
    -------------------------------------------------
    I'm a $supporting member of OFA and not part of the 1%. What Messina states is true. We Have been privy to updates from the President on issues that we support and are trying to move to resolution. My contributions in the general scheme of things do no amount to a hill of beans, but it was this type of a contribution from millions of us that got the President elected in the first place.
    Having said that. I have NO problem with more affluent contributors being given the opportunity to meet and talk with the President. It would be disingenuous of me to expect that someone on the level of say Warren Buffet would NOT be invited to lunch with the President or to some private dinner with other contributors as a way of saying thanks. The President can thank these folks in person all he wants. It is a perk. We, his millions upon millions of supporters trust him to conduct himself as he always has: with class, dignity, and integrity. The same cannot be said for many others in government.
    This would be the one instance where it would be totally correct to measure THIS President with a different ruler. He is trustworthy and of good character, traits sorely and glaringly missing in Washington DC these days.

    March 7, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Pete

    Boy republicans you can't go toe to toe with that can yah hypocrites...What's going to happen when the likes of Ashly Judd and others clean out all your ole racist white reps from the senate,congress and all you can do is weep like your speaker Boehner after a shortened tanning bed session...Republicans your time is almost up and Pres.Obama has fed you your last meal as supposid public servants so say goodbye and clean out your desks because a new era is approaching Washington and its not republican in any way!!

    March 7, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |