January 30th, 2009
12:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama e-mail list called to action on stimulus plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/30/art.ofa.cnn.jpg caption="OFA is urging supporters to host stimulus-related house parties next weekend."]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.

Filed under: OFA • stimulus plan
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jan - Or

    American citizens have no voice in this stimulus package. Multiple generations will be paying for unnecessary pork in this bill. Democrats’ are determining to spend more than ever on pork and investment, will not at our tax payer expense. NO THANK YOU!!!!!!
    At least Republicans and 11 democrats are speaking out and standing their ground!!!!!

    Concerned democrat

    January 30, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. naqib

    Yes... because without the below... we are doomed!

    $44 million for repairs at the Agriculture Department headquarters in Washington.

    $200 million to rehabilitate the National Mall.

    $360 million for new child care centers at military bases.

    $1.8 billion to repair National Park Service facilities.

    $276 million to update technology at the State Department.

    $500 million for the Transportation Security Administration to install bomb detectors at airports.

    $600 million for General Services Administration to replace older vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles.

    $2.5 billion to upgrade low-income housing.

    $400 million for NASA scientists to conduct climate change research.

    $426 million to construct facilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    $800 million to clean up Superfund sites.

    $150 million for the Coast Guard to repair or remove bridges deemed a hazard to navigation.

    $6.7 billion to renovate and improve energy efficiency at federal buildings.

    $400 million to replace the Social Security Administration's 30-year-old National Computer Center.

    January 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Morgan, Colorado

    OFA is a brilliant move.

    January 30, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. DAVID

    For all you liberal idiots out there, please read what your beloved presidents stimulus package will do for the american people. I for one do not want this kind of change. This is CHANGE I DO NOT WANT !!!!

    No New Jobs or Money. The proposed $825 billion “stimulus” package would not put any new money into the economy. Every dollar lawmakers “inject” into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy. Robbing Peter to pay Paul will not make us wealthier or create jobs.

    Wasteful Spending. Special interests are lining up to get their piece of the pie. For example, the bill will spend $21 million on new sod for the National Mall in Washington, $600 million on cars for government bureaucrats, and $650 million for digital television converters.

    More Bailouts. The “stimulus” rewards states that irresponsibly wasted taxpayer dollars. The legislation contains $87 billion to bail out states that overspent on other programs and didn’t leave money for Medicaid spending.

    The Numbers Don’t Add Up. President Obama claims that spending $800 billion would create 3.7 million new jobs. That means taxpayers pay $217,000 per job! Even the average pediatrician or lawyer does not earn nearly as much as these new jobs would cost. It would be cheaper to mail each of these workers a $100,000 check.
    Policymakers need to pursue stimulus policies that work, not ineffective policies that push our country further and further into debt. An effective policy should extend tax cuts or make them permanent for individuals. It should also help businesses create jobs by reducing tax rates on employers so that they can better compete against foreign firms

    January 30, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Ray Ray

    Hey – ACORN helped get Obama elected and he's pushing BILLIONS their way in this Pork-ladened Bill.... why not call on his thugs to demand that ALL HAIL OBAMA??

    January 30, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Mr. Phil

    Repair, update, install, replace, upgrade, construct, clean up, remove, renovate...those all sound like verbs that can be loosely translated as jobs. Get a grip people!!!

    January 30, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Liberal Love Me

    Things I love that the Democrats and other liberals want to take:

    1. My H2 Hummer.
    2. The salary that I have EARNED through hard work with no handouts.
    3. The ability to criticize Obama without someone hashing up “Bush ruined the world.”

    Now to appointed remark concerning stimulus: Given the current quagmire, no ultimate panacea exists. Money toward infrastructure, education, and the “green” sciences – all very good. However, a few hundred million dollars for STD prevention? I am confused as to the job creation here. Perhaps printed media and marketing but by no means earth-shattering job creation. I smell PORK in the air on some of this.

    Small business tax breaks are essential as well as high-income earner tax breaks. Sorry, but the reality is that the top 1% wage folks are the ones who employ tens of thousands and also give vast sums to charitable organizations and non-profits.

    Ultimately, I am for any package or program as long as they do not inhibit the ability for people to operate freely. I think I’ll go fire up an Opus X cigar, hop into my Hummer, and go attend a Green Building Council lecture. I mean, I need someone to tell me how I should live my life.

    January 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Outspoken

    First of all IT'S NOT A STIMULUS PLAN. It is a PORK-LADEN, SPECIAL INTEREST, BIG GOVERNMENT SPENDING BILL. It will do NOTHING to stimulate the economy (unless you work for a condom maker). It will only put us even deeper in debt.

    Second, most of the people on B.O.'s email address are now completely oblivious and totally uninterested in anything that has to do with politics. The only reason they signed on to the campaign was because they thought B.O. was going to pay their bills for them and 'legislate' them a life. If B.O. is counting on the thoughtless, self-centered sheep who put him in office to be his enforcers, he is going to be hugely disappointed.

    January 30, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Xena

    I report all of the email I get from Nobama as spam because that is exactly what it is.

    January 30, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. JP

    "Yes we can" destroy are childrens and grandchildrens future by supporting a so called bailout to nowhere that is mostly an expansion of our social welfare system that is already 40% of our budget.

    January 30, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. REF

    we need this plan like a hole in the head.. we are deep in a fiscal hole more debt does not help a thing beside this is not a stimulus plan it a pay back to all those democratic special interest groups. lets be fair to future americans and not saddle them with our problems lets do the right thing and solve them ourselves and take the heat ourselves

    January 30, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Jim

    I made a mistake and sent OFA an e-mail when it first came out. I simply asked what Obama told Jesus about his stand on abortion. I never received an answer, but I have been deluged with e-mail since then.

    Now, I guess I will get another deluge. If anyone knows how to unplug from this abomination, please let me know. To naquib: You missed one very important one. 4.7B to ACORN. The arm of the little o that did the most to get him elected.

    January 30, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Bella Malinsky

    Yes, sure, go ahead and round up all your minorities and college students who put you in office. They don't pay the bills anyway so why would they care that you are increasing government costs even far beyond what you criticized Pres Bush for.

    January 30, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Herbert

    I'm surprised that Liberals even know how to turn on a computer, let alone understand the finer intricacies of email. Usually the librarian has to turn the computer on for them and show them how to navigate the Internet.

    January 30, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. In Houston, TX

    I don't know why.
    The repugs are not listening to reason. They believe that the failure of Obama and subsequently the nation will translate into future success and a return to power.
    The people who supported Obama voted out their republican representatives and those that remain are hardcore deep red republicans who stand in naturual opposition to anything that comes from the other side of the isle. They have no idea how detrimental their actions will be to the nation and their party.
    If the republican fail to come on board and unite with the dems, if they fail to realize the deparity of this situation, if they fail to realize the importance of the people, the party will die.
    And as a loyal Democrat, I do not want to see this happen. They are a much needed part of our government, even if most of their ideas are bad (i.e. tax cuts)

    January 30, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. yuri

    The GOP hardliners and fire brand critics will still try to argue that a number of components of the bill are akin to pork barrel projects involving unnecessary expenditure. Their bone of contention is the questionable effects of some of those on the economy in the long run.

    Thus, a word of caution as regards impending rejection of those provisions in the stimulus package, may not be out of place, since, failure of this bill to stimulate the economy will let the GOP have a field day in severely criticizing this very plan of the Dems.

    January 30, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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