Jim Messina

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Obama Turns Campaign Into Nonprofit

501(c)(4) will fight for Obama policies like gun control and immigration

(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... More »

Obama to Romney: Let's Make a Deal on Tax Returns

Romney to Obama: Let's not, thanks

(Newser) - By now, Mitt Romney is probably beyond sick of hearing about his tax returns, so the Obama campaign is offering him a deal: If he releases just five years' worth of them, they won't blast him for not releasing any more. Campaign manager Jim Messina made the offer to... More »

Obama's April Fundraising Falls by $10M

But Jim Messina touts number of first-time, small donors

(Newser) - Barack Obama's fundraising took a major hit in April, with his campaign and affiliated Democratic groups raising just $43.6 million—down from $53 million last month , according to Reuters . But in a video announcing the results, campaign manager Jim Messina put a brave face on things, noting that... More »

Dem Operative: Ann Romney Hasn't Worked a Day in Her Life

Rosen comments drive Twitter firestorm

(Newser) - Democratic operative Hilary Rosen set off a Twitter tempest yesterday when she said on CNN that Ann Romney has "actually never worked a day in her life," making her a poor adviser on women's economic issues . The backlash was fierce, Politico reports. Ann Romney joined Twitter to... More »

Obama to Dems: No Cash for You

In face of Super PACs, Obama cuts off committees

(Newser) - For Democrats who President Obama showered with cash in 2008 and 2010, well, they'd better get ready to raise their own darn money this time around. As in the last two election cycles, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi recently asked the Obama for America campaign and the Democratic National... More »

Obama Campaign Co-Chairs: Eva Longoria, Kal Penn

Hollywood VIPs will play role in Election 2012

(Newser) - The Obama campaign has released a list of campaign co-chairs, and it includes some big names … from Hollywood. Harold and Kumar actor Kal Penn, who has already spent some time working at the White House , and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria are both named, Politico reports. "The president’... More »

Obama Rakes in $86M for 2012

Cash for his re-election bid pouring in, again riding on small donors

(Newser) - Here's a welcome bit of budget news for President Obama: He and the DNC raked in $86 million in the last three months for the 2012 election campaign, reports Politico . Of that, Obama's campaign took in $47 million, while some $38 million headed to the DNC's war... More »

It's Official: Obama Launches 2012 Bid

Interviews supporters around the country in web video

(Newser) - President Obama has announced his reelection bid via web video—though he doesn’t say a word in it. Instead, it's a montage of supporters explaining why they’ll back the president in 2012. “We’re not leaving it up to chance,” or assuming he’ll win because... More »

White House: Romanoff Asked Us for a Job

And it was months before he considered Senate race

(Newser) - The White House today beat back allegations of shady backroom dealings with Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, saying that yes, administration officials talked with him about a job, but only because he'd applied for one. In the administration's version, Romanoff applied for a job at the US Agency for International... More »

White House Dangled Jobs for Colo. Candidate to Quit

Obama crew wanted Romanoff out of race

(Newser) - Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff has confirmed that President Obama's deputy chief of staff suggested that 3 jobs would be open to him if he dropped out of the state's Senate race. Romanoff received an offer outlining the international development jobs after telling Jim Messina that he had no intention of... More »

Obama Team Already Planning for 2012

Plouffe, Axelrod, Messina lay groundwork for reelection campaign

(Newser) - President Obama’s inner circle is already privately laying the groundwork for his 2012 reelection campaign. The planning so far consists mostly of informal private conversations, in between more rigorous 2010 planning, but insiders tell Politico that the consensus is that the campaign will be run out of Chicago, managed... More »

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