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Obama To Address Organizing For Action Summit

03/11/2013 09:06 am ET | Updated Mar 11, 2013

President Barack Obama on Wednesday will address the successor to his campaign group, Organizing For Action, amid criticism that the group amounts to paying for access to the president.

The price of attending Wednesday's "founders summit" is $50,000, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Politico's Mike Allen reported on the planned appearance on Monday.

The group is designed to use the president's muscular campaign apparatus to achieve his second-term goals on gun control, climate change and immigration.

The Times' revelation that donors who gave or raised $500,000 or more would get quarterly meetings with the president appeared to amount to charging for access. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said last week that the "notion that there is a set price for a meeting with the president of the United States is just wrong," but he did not directly deny the report.

On Thursday, Organizing For Action reversed its previous plans and said it would not take corporate money. The organization also clarified that it would disclose all donors who give above $250, despite the fact that it is a so-called social welfare organization under the tax code and does not have to disclose under law.

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