The head of the “Organizing for Action,” the nonprofit advocacy group that spawned from President Obama's campaign organization, responded to criticism that the group is selling wealthy donors access to the president, saying such charges are “absolutely wrong.”
“This organization is funded and fueled by grassroots people across the country,” Jim Messina, the president’s former campaign manager said, adding that the average contribution to the cause is $51.
Just two weeks after the GOP released a report detailing what went wrong in Romney’s defeat, Messina is doubtful their prescriptions will work likening the effort to "rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic," because the party’s policies are "so far out of the mainstream."
Messina blamed Citizens United, which he called "the most difficult and wrong Supreme Court case in the past decade," for opening the gates for unlimited money in elections. Organizing for Action is classified as a 501(c)(4), designated for groups that operate "exclusively for the promotion of social welfare," and are not required to disclose their donors (though Messina has said in the past they will). Both sides raised over $1 billion in the 2012 election making it the most expensive election on record.
Watch David's entire PRESS Pass conversation above to hear more from Messina including why he thinks the Obama Campaign's use of technology helped them win the race in 2012