[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/03/26/obama.ads.congress/art.oboama.ad.afp.gi.jpg caption="President Obama, here at a Washington fund-raiser Wednesday, hopes a new TV ad will buoy his initiatives."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After several e-mail pleas and a nationwide door-knocking campaign, President Obama's political arm will start airing a television commercial Thursday, urging voters to pressure Congress to approve his budget.
"America is facing tough times," a narrator says in the 30-second ad.
"President Obama has a plan to get our economy moving again, to cut the deficit in half, and create jobs by investing in health care, energy independence and schools. Thousands are going door to door as part of Organizing for America - gathering support for President Obama's plan to invest in America's future. You can help, too. Call Congress and tell them to support President Obama's budget plan to get our economy moving again."
Listen: Mark Preston and CNN Radio's Bill Caiaccio break down the new spot
The TV commercial features video footage of last weekend's national canvassing drive by Organizing for America, Obama's presidential campaign organization, which has been folded into the Democratic National Committee. Natalie Wyeth, OFA's spokeswoman, said this is the organization's "first ad as a project of the DNC."
"The ad will run on national and D.C. cable - primarily MSNBC and CNN," she wrote in an e-mail. "This is just one of the many tools we'll provide our supporters with, to help them make their voices heard and send a strong signal to Washington that the time for change is now."
A handful of liberal interest groups are also running separate television and radio ads in support of Obama's budget.
Earlier this month, the DNC ran an ad on cable television in South Carolina criticizing Republican Gov. Mark Sanford for refusing to accept all the stimulus money set aside for his state. Sanford has said that South Carolina would be forced to search for replacement funding once the stimulus money ran out, or be forced to make cuts.