First on CNN: Pro-Obama group keeps up shutdown pressure on GOP
October 7th, 2013
09:04 PM ET
9 years 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.

"John Boehner caved to the Tea Party and shut down the government," the ads read. "Tell the Tea Party: Enough Already."

Clicking on the ad will direct people to, where they can sign up for the OFA's email list and donate to the group in support of ending the government shutdown.

Earlier Monday OFA, the political organization that evolved out of President Obama's re-election campaign, began running its second TV ad attacking congressional Republicans for shutting down the government. The spot, which the group says will run for a week on national cable TV, features clips of House Republicans, in cable new interviews, seemingly celebrating the effects of the government shutdown.

In addition to paying to get its message out, OFA has also organized events and social media campaigns meant to put pressure on Republicans to heed the president's call to reopen the government by passing a clean continuing resolution. House Republicans have insisted that any bill to fund the government be accompanied by changes to the president's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

Filed under: Government Shutdown • OFA
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If 22 republican congressmen have told their home town newspapers or tweeted they would vote for a clean CR, then Boehner is wrong again and cannot even count to 217. 195 democrats and 22 republicans makes 217 votes and will keep our government open. Have the vote you bum.

    October 7, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Thomas A Beezley III

    I for one do not want the affordable health care program at all, it may have been a different store if I had a choice weather or not to take it or leave it. I really do not think our President has the people of this great nation in mind when every thing I have been reading on Facebook is "WE THE PEOPLE" do not want government ran health care. The government can run the government much less health care.

    October 7, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. 333maxwell

    It has been fairly entertaining (if it wasn't so frightening) watching Speaker Boehner wing it, and improvise with our economy – like some drug addled third rate jazz musician searching for the lost note during a solo that isn't even his turn to blow.

    October 7, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. The Ham

    Blah Blah Blah...
    One party smearing the other... doesn't even matter who it is anymore... there is no difference to begin with...

    October 7, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. John in Brooklyn

    It is ironic that it is often the same people who don't get their way politically and who speak with contempt about the legitimacy of the government – with many actually willing to do the country harm or undermine its democratic principles in order to achieve their own goals – who are the first in line to praise the military or display the flag. Frankly, I would consider those who gleefully called for the shutdown of the government and who play brinksmanship with the full faith and credit of America as no more patriotic than the traitors who fired on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War.

    October 7, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. S. B. Stein

    Boehner has caved to the teapublicans because he doesn't want to lose the speaker-ship. The question would be if he lost it who would replace him. Would we get someone who is better and more willing to compromise or some even more reactionary nut job.

    October 7, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Tell the Tea Party it is time to move where they will be appreciated. Somalia.

    October 7, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. tom l

    I wonder if OFA had to go through extra scrutiny from the IRS....

    October 7, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. tom l

    The DNC would have come out with a campaign but they in debt and don't have any money...

    October 7, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Over the weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann seemed to confirm what the congresswoman has long hinted: that she believes we are all currently living in the end of days, as fortold by the End Times scripture in the Bible.

    Ted Cruz / Michele Bachmann
    Helping to bring a better tomorrow 2016

    October 8, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  11. simplyput

    Tell OFA enough already. How embarassing for the president that a political action committee is attempting to do his work for him. The OFA can't negotiate, they simply propagate one side's view. Grow up.

    October 8, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Thomas

    Howard Schultz, Starbucks Corp's outspoken CEO, on Monday urged fellow business leaders to ratchet up the pressure on U.S. political leaders to end the stalemate that has partially shut down the federal government since last week.


    Coffee time for the TeaParty !

    October 8, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  13. NameAlbrit

    Good idea. Enough is Enough. No more words.Action!

    October 8, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. Richard Long

    So where are our Obamacare enrollment stats?
    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. ...Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here'. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
    Barack Hypocrite Obama

    October 8, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  15. Rob

    Bet this group sailed right through the IRS tax exempt status check.

    October 8, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    I know a lot of people probably feel sorry for the GOP. I'm not one of them. The GOP embraced the Tea Party in order to let them do the dirty work and they (the GOP) wouldn't have to get their hands dirty. 2008 changed the game when it came to politics and many people still can't handle it.

    The Tea Party is destroying the GOP from within, and I'm loving it! Carry on boys.
    When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

    October 8, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  17. Data Driven

    Meh to the banner ad, but the second TV ad is superb.

    October 8, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  18. A True Conservative

    I have contacted my Representative and Senators urging them to Defund Obamacare and cut government spending – Organize for Action needs to wake up and smell the coffee......and get their hand out of everybody elses pockets!

    October 8, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Get rid off all these Teaparty, Beer party, Coffee party, GOP clowns out in 2014, if you are a true American for this nation's good. Drive this evil away. God bless.

    October 8, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    The message that Democrats are not getting out is that they have already compromised with the Tea Party by accepting their spending levels. But, the Tea Party wants more. They keep moving the goal posts. What is the Tea Party conceding? Nothing.

    October 8, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |