Obama-Linked Organizing for Action Raises Over $7 Million in Quarter

Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 07:12 AM

By Todd Beamon

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Donations from more than 355,000 people in the second quarter of this year led Organizing for Action to raise over $7.7 million, bringing its total amount to $20.8 million since the nonprofit group was established after President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

The Hill reports that third-quarter take fell short of the $8.2 million raised in the previous three-month period.

Established in January as a tax-exempt nonprofit, Organizing for Action has supported many of the causes backed by Obama. In June, for instance, OFA spent more than $1 million on TV ads touting Obamacare.

An OFA official told the Hill that the group was "truly a grassroots funded operation," pointing to its large number of small contributors.

Ninety-eight percent of its donors have given small amounts of money, with the average being less than $59, the official said.

OFA, however, did receive $50,000 or more from eight donors in the quarter, according to the Hill.

Because of its status, Organizing for Action is allowed under federal law to raise unlimited amounts from big business and wealthy individuals. It is organized as a social welfare organization under the U.S. Tax Code.

OFA has come under fire by political watchdog groups and privacy advocates concerned about the large amounts of money being solicited to influence government.

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