The secret weapon of Iowa Democrats: Obamadale
September 22nd, 2014
09:58 AM ET
3 months ago

The secret weapon of Iowa Democrats: Obamadale

For a small band of supercharged Democratic organizers, the pleasant Des Moines neighborhood of Beaverdale goes by another name: Obamadale.

The moniker was bestowed three years ago by a motley crew of Democrats who first met as strangers over martinis at a local restaurant in the early days of President Obama's re-election bid, brought together under the aegis of the "neighborhood team" model that defined the campaign's bottom-up volunteer structure.

Led by Kimberley Boggus, a bubbly 33-year-old nursing student, and Sam Reno, a 42-year-old no-nonsense construction crew supervisor, the platoon of volunteers eventually managed to turn out more than 700 Democrats to their local caucus precinct on a chilly January night in 2012 - and that was for an uncontested race overwhelmingly won by Obama. By November, in another show of force, "we turned out 87 percent of the Democratic voters in Beaverdale," Boggus recalled with evident pride.

After the campaign, Obama's behemoth political organization became Organizing For America (OFA), but the group has struggled to maintain a coherent identity outside the president's campaigns.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • OFA
Tea party says OFA remake of its symbol is trolling
March 25th, 2014
12:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Tea party says OFA remake of its symbol is trolling

Washington (CNN) - So what do some leaders in the tea party think about a group that supports President Barack Obama's agenda using a key symbol of the grassroots conservative movement to advocate for the health care law?

"Imitation is the highest form of flattery and in this case, it is no different," Amy Kremer, chair of the Tea Party Express, one of the largest and most politically active national tea party organizations, told CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare • OFA • Organizing for America • Tea Party • Tea Party movement
First on CNN: OFA launches digital ad campaign promoting Obamacare success stories
January 17th, 2014
12:00 AM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: OFA launches digital ad campaign promoting Obamacare success stories

(CNN) – After a rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law, a Democratic group is ramping up efforts to promote the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Organizing for Action, the political group that was formed from Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, is launching a monthlong digital ad campaign Friday, touting success stories under the health care law, with paid ads featured on social media and national news websites.

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Filed under: Obamacare • OFA
Obama prods supporters to keep up health care fight
November 18th, 2013
09:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama prods supporters to keep up health care fight

(CNN) - A worn-sounding President Obama urged his most ardent supporters Monday to maintain their drive enrolling Americans in his health law's exchanges, saying their support was even more essential now that it's clear a chunk of potential enrollees won't be able to use the troubled HealthCare.gov website.

The botched rollout of the site has "fed" misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, Obama added during an audio address to supporters of Organizing for Action, the political group that was formed from his 2012 re-election campaign.
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Filed under: Healthcare • OFA • President Obama
First on CNN: The new stocking stuffer: Obamacare
November 1st, 2013
12:00 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: The new stocking stuffer: Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - It's every twentysomething's worst nightmare: a pre-family dinner phone call from mom and dad punctuated by the ever-ominous sounding, "We have something really important to talk to you about."

But Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group closely aligned with President Barack Obama's agenda, is trying to flip nightmares about difficult conversations over pot roast and mashed potatoes on its head to support the Affordable Care Act.

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Filed under: Obamacare • OFA
First on CNN: Pro-Obama group keeps up shutdown pressure on GOP
October 7th, 2013
09:04 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Pro-Obama group keeps up shutdown pressure on GOP

Washington (CNN) – The pro-Obama group Organizing for Action Tuesday will begin running digital banner ads urging internet users to send House Speaker John Boehner a message telling him to end the federal government shutdown.

The group tells CNN ads will run most prominently on the homepage of the Washington Post, taking over both the top and sides of the newspaper's website. Featuring a picture of Boehner leaning against a large circuit-breaker switch in the off position, the ads urge viewers to add their name to OFA's "Enough Already" campaign.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • OFA
Pro-Obama group slams GOP in new shutdown ad
October 7th, 2013
08:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Pro-Obama group slams GOP in new shutdown ad

Washington (CNN) - "Irresponsible," "reckless," and "destructive."

Those are the words used to describe tea party Republicans in a new TV commercial by Organizing for America, the non-profit political organization formed from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign that supports the president's agenda.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • OFA
Obama's former political arm votes 'present' on Syria action
September 5th, 2013
04:08 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama's former political arm votes 'present' on Syria action

(CNN) - The awkward position in which progressive allies of President Barack Obama find themselves can be seen clearly in the actions of his former political arm, now called Organizing for Action, which despite the need for activists to lobby Congress to support the president's call for military strikes, is essentially voting "present."

Capitol Hill is all but singularly focused on Obama’s push for congressional authorization to use force in Syria, and the president has canceled a trip to California next week to devote his time and energy to lobbying lawmakers.

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Filed under: OFA • President Obama
First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare
August 15th, 2013
12:01 AM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: OFA releases new ad promoting Obamacare

(CNN) - The independent political group supporting President Barack Obama’s agenda will on Thursday release a new television commercial promoting the successes of his signature healthcare law.

Entitled “Every Day,” the Organizing for Action ad tells the story of a Huntersville, North Carolina, family who received an insurance rebate because of reforms implemented under the Affordable Care Act.
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Filed under: Ads • Health care • OFA
Obama group backs economic speech with ad
July 26th, 2013
08:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama group backs economic speech with ad

(CNN) – Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group aligned with President Barack Obama, has turned the much-hyped, hour-long speech the president delivered in Illinois on Wednesday into a 60-second television spot that will air on national cable.

Clips of the president are spliced together with photographs of construction workers, manufacturers, students, and families, all designed to promote the economic message the White House says will be their focus on the coming months.
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Filed under: Economy • OFA • President Obama
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