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On Syria Fight, OFA is Missing in Action

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 9 2013

The White House is making a huge effort to convince Congress to support President Obama's request for authorization to attack Syria, but one big piece of its political machine is conspicuously absent from the field: Organizing for Action, the nonprofit "grassroots" continuation of the 2012 campaign. On BarackObama.com, which functions as the group's online front-page, the top issues OFA is working on are climate change, immigration reform and reducing gun violence. All of OFA's upcoming actions are on defending Obamacare, pressing gun violence prevention and the like. The group's Twitter account is similarly focused on those domestic battles.

This is curious, since again and again OFA spokespeople have insisted that the group's purpose was to support the president's agenda. CNN obtained a partial transcript of a call OFA executive director Jon Carson had last week with grassroots supporters, where he said, "What I definitely want you all to know is that OFA supports President Obama and the agenda that Americans voted for on November 6, but we don't always actively organize around every issue and the debate in Congress over the Syria vote is not one that OFA is planning on organizing around."

Over at TheAction.org, the other post-Obama organizing vehicle, they're still fighting "to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest two percent."

As for "self-organizing," Dashboard, the 2012 Obama campaign's vaunted tool for its grassroots activists, is currently offline.