Obama Turns Campaign Into Nonprofit
501(c)(4) will fight for Obama policies like gun control and immigration
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 8:10 AM CST
Supporters hold an President Barack Obama banner at Centre College, site of the Vice Presidential debate, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Barack Obama is forging new ground in the ever-expanding world of political money groups, by transforming his 2012 campaign apparatus into a non-profit that will advocate for his positions on issues like gun control and immigration. As a 501(c)(4), "Organizing for Action" will be able to take in unlimited anonymous cash from anyone—though it doesn't intend to. Instead, it promises to disclose all its donors, and while it will allow corporate donors, it won't take money from lobbyists or PACs, the AP reports.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will run the new group, which Politico sees as "an implicit rejection of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz." It also doesn't bode well for Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super PAC that had disappointing results during the campaign. "This just dwarfs any part of the Democratic coalition," one strategist tells the LA Times. "This is the biggest leg of the stool. There are really significant implications in terms of the permanent power center within the party."

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No-Left-Turn
Jan 19, 2013 7:42 AM CST
Well isn't this just so interesting. The Hypocrite in Chief forms a non-profit to push his agenda. Let's be clear, a "non-profit" is a non-tax-paying entity. Why doesn't Obama want his organization to pay its fair share?
cornelison
Jan 19, 2013 5:37 AM CST
It sounds very exciting. BTW, Mr. Spak, your attempts to divide Democrats against one another isn't working. Try mending the Republicans. They're the ones who are fractured.
crafter67
Jan 18, 2013 2:57 PM CST
Well why not...The conservatives have their non-profits connected to churches so they can claim to 'give to charity' when they are really only giving to their own campaigns - why shouldn't progressives have the same screwed up option...