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White House to Obama Activists: Let Them Eat (Birthday) Cake

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

It is one of the enduring yet neglected mysteries of Obama's first term. Why hasn't the massive, record-breaking volunteer and fundraising apparatus built during the 2008 Obama campaign exerted more influence in Washington?

Shadow Elite: How "Grassroots" Is Organizing for America?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Power brokers on the cutting edge are adept at creating novel alternative structures and new venues to press their agenda -- and Obama's Organizing for America seems to be a case in point.

Shadow Elite: Has the Obama Organizing Machine Staged A Party Takeover?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The shadow elite in America are adept at creating novel alternative structures and new venues of power that suit their agenda, and Organizing for America seems to be a case in point.

Extending The Obama Brand In 2010

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

In the 2010 midterms, the DNC will have to convince voters who went to the polls for the first time for Obama to vote for Democratic candidates and incumbents lacking Obama's charisma.

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Alan Grayson Confronts GOP For Spying On Democratic Gathering (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservative media spent much of Friday attacking Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) for breaking up a GOP meeting Thursday evening in his Orlando district. R...

Organizing Our Way to Victory in 2010

Jeremy Bird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

In the past month, President Obama and Governor Kaine have laid out in great detail the Democratic National Committee's plans for the 2010 midterm ele...

For Obama, Health Care Victory Has 13 Million Fathers

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

In the homestretch of the health care fight, the numbers and coverage suggest that OFA was able to channel grassroots support for the bill in effective and even confrontational ways.

Hope vs Power: The PhRMA Deal That Was and the OFA Campaign That Wasn't

Micah Sifry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Micah Sifry

This is just speculation, folks, but imagine if Obama had mobilized Organizing for America from the very beginning as a battering ram to confront PhRMA and its allies in Congress head on?

Obama Online -- Is MYBO Back? (VIDEO)

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Linnie Frank Bailey

Did I catch a glimpse of MYBO -- the Barack Obama of My.BarackObama.com -- last week? Is he back? Now if he can just figure out how to re-engage all of his friends across the country, the ones who are disgusted with Repubs AND Dems.

Lessons From the Massachusetts Defeat

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Massachusetts Senate race is a watershed event that has enormous implications for this political year. The media is making it a referendum on Obama and health care reform. But that interpretation is just flat wrong.

Insult to Injury to Healing

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

All we needed from OFA was a blast email saying what we were doing. Nothing radical, nothing off-the-wall, we just wanted an announcement that we were getting together to support President Obama.

Quick Quiz For "Organizing For America" Members

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Organizing For America, which was born from the Obama campaign's emailing list, needs to identify the real source of its problems: the fact that Barack Obama is not making voters as enthusiastic as he once did.

Obama Campaign Arm Silent On Maine's Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

AMERICAblog Gay | Joe Sudbay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Funny thing (or not), OFA forgot to tell Mainers what issues are on the ballot and how to vote on those issues. For example, there's no mention of Que...

Obama's Secret Weapon: OFA

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

As the political punditry prognosticates of Democratic political disaster this fall, it is well to remember that Democrats have a weapon, the importance of which Washington types don't fully understand.

Congress "Getting Completely Crushed" With Over 100,000 Calls For Obama's Healthcare Reform

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

It's not even noon on the West Coast and already Capitol Hill staffers say they're getting nonstop calls from constituents in support of President Bar...

Organizing for America, Obama's Political Arm, Facing Withering Criticism

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama came to town a year ago to change the way politics worked, and Organizing for America was to be his instrument. The successor to his camp...

20 Powerful Health Care Reform Ads Made By Regular People (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Organizing for America has picked 20 finalists for its Health Care Reform Video Challenge. The winner will air on national television. See all the ads...

New Report on OFA: High Turnout in The Field, Low Impact on The Hill

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

The reviews of the president's first year are rolling in, but most neglect the biggest force that Obama brought to Washington: His volunteer army.

Obama Online -- What's the Future of Organizing for America (OFA)?

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

Is it time for Plouffe, the architect behind Obama's winning campaign, to take Organizing for America out of the Democratic National Committee?

Obama's Field Team Finally Hitting the Field

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

After Election Day, President Barack Obama hand picked just two former staffers, Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird, to run the new organization: OFA 2.0, aka the President's field team.

Organizing for America: Looking Back, Marching Ahead

Jeremy Bird | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Bird

Like most organizers, I'm usually focused on the next step, the next campaign; but in this first week of a new decade, I think it's the perfect time to remember who OFA is and where we came from.

The Public Necessity

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

If America believes it needs not just a public option, but a public necessity, more Americans will have to get up off the couch and go get it.

Where Is That Online-Powered "Movement" Now?

Chris Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Hughes

What went hand in hand with the technology that helped elect Barack Obama was a resolute and unyielding focus on good-old-fashioned political organizing. What's missing now is the organizing leadership.

Obama Campaign Arm Drops Demand For Public Option

The New Argument | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Organizing for America has dropped the demand for the public option from their open letter to members of Congress. [...] This change confirms Obama's...

Obama's 2007 Yes-We-Can Moment in 2009

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Like the 2007 primary campaigns, the growth of the Obama organization has gone almost without notice in the run-up to the 2009 health care battles.