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January 14, 2010 -- Today we are publishing a techPresident special report on the first year of Organizing for America (OFA), drawing on new interviews with congressional staff in both parties, former Obama campaign staff, and 70 activists from the OFA grassroots. This report -- the most comprehensive review of OFA’s work to date -- is authored by The Nation’s Ari Melber, (www.arimelber.com) a longtime techPresident contributor who traveled with the Obama campaign in 2008. Barack Obama entered into office of President of the United States in January 2009 with an unprecedented base of digitally-networked supporters and volunteers. As we reach the one-year anniversary of OFA this weekend, this is an important time to have a detailed and open discussion of its work, and its future.

Read the report on Scribd or download the full PDF. (If you would like a bound copy of the report, you can order that here.)

Read "Year One of Organizing for America: The Permanent Field Campaign in a Digital Age"

Read the report on Scribd or download the full PDF. (If you would like a bound copy of the report, you can order that here.)

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