shutting it down
Earlier today, President Barack Obama announced his flagship campaign operation, Obama for America, will officially end this Sunday and become a political nonprofit known by the same acronym, “Organizing for Action.”
In an email to his supporters, Mr. Obama said the new organization will serve as “an unparalleled force in American politics” to achieve “legislative action” in Washington.
In what he called “my last election,” President Barack Obama scored a hard-fought but comfortable victory over Mitt Romney last month, but that doesn’t mean his email list will no longer be hit up for campaign cash. To wit, Mr. Obama’s electoral operation, Obama for America, is asking their supporters to contribute after filling out a form backing his plan to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
“Thanks for sharing your story. The next chapter begins today. Stand with President Obama for the next four years,” a subsequent contribution form declares.
President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, emailed supporters shortly before three this morning asking for volunteers and responding to Mitt Romney’s extremely narrow victory in the Iowa Caucus. Mr. Messina mocked Mr. Romney for spending “seven years” campaigning in Iowa, described the Republican party as leaderless and predicted the eventual nominee would be someone who has “embraced” the Tea Party. “GOP voters there couldn’t decisively get behind anyone,” Mr. Messina wrote.
President Obama raised more than $47 million for his re-election campaign in the last three months, according to an early morning email announcement.
In a web video sent just before 5 a.m., Obama for America’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, said 552,462 individual donors had contributed to the president’s re-election effort, a modern record.
The Democratic National Committee, which has teamed up with OFA for a number of fundraisers, collected more than $38 million. Together, the Obama Victory Fund raised more than $86 million, exceeding their second quarter goal of $60 million.