Obama's Support Group, Backed by Hollywood and Unions, Pushes His Agenda

Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 02:27 PM

By James Hirsen

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Labor unions and Hollywood supporters are gearing up to support Organizing for Action, a group that will promote President Barak Obama’s second-term agenda.

On its website, the group lists the agenda they seek to support: gun control, the debt ceiling, healthcare, and immigration reform.

OFA has been set up as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, the same type of organization that Obama's re-election committee used to spend hundreds of millions on advertising and avoid disclosing donors. The OFA, however, has pledged to make its donors public.

The group will reportedly use the extensive voter database of wealthy Hollywood types compiled during the president's re-election campaign.

Kevin Ryan of Andy Spahn & Associates, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm that works with Hollywood donors, told The Hill that he expects there will be large donations.

“While donors are still catching their breath from the election, we expect they will be very generous in support of the president’s ambitious agenda,” Ryan said.

Labor unions, traditionally reliable sources of campaign money for Democrat politicians, are also prepared to write contribution checks for the new entity, one union leader said.

“We want to work with every partner that we can to advance the agenda of working families,” Brandon Davis, national political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), told The Hill.

OFA appears to be modeled after the 2012 Democratic campaign group Priorities USA, which was lavishly supported by Hollywood donors and labor unions. Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks Animation, donated $3 million to Priorities, and famed Director Steven Spielberg contributed $1.1 million. SEIU gave $1 million to Priorities.

Jon Carson, who previously worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement, is the OFA’s executive director.

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