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Obama's organizers plan ad blitz on gun plan

By USA Today

Organizing for Action

President Obama's new grass-roots advocacy group will target more than a dozen members of Congress with online ads this week for failing to voice support for his plan to expand background checks to all gun buyers, organizers told USA TODAY.

The advertising push is part of a so-called national day of action planned Friday by Obama's backers to rally support for background checks. It will mark the first large-scale test of Organizing for Action's ability to mobilize the president's army of 2.2 million campaign volunteers to press for legislative change.

Obama and a group of his closest advisers launched Organizing for Action (OFA) in late January to transform his campaign operation into a tax-exempt group to advance his second-term priorities, including gun control, immigration and climate change.

Organizers did not disclose which lawmakers they would target in the first round of advertising but say they could spend as much as $100,000. The goal is to expand criminal background checks on all gun purchasers. The current system applies only to federally licensed gun dealers and excludes guns sold privately. In addition, OFA is sponsoring more than 100 events across the country to demand congressional action.

"That's the strength the OFA will bring to supporting the president's agenda," said Jon Carson, the group's executive director and the former director of the White House office of public engagement. "We have voices in every corner of this country who are supporting his agenda and can make their neighbors understand where their members (of Congress) stand on these important issues."

The push for background checks is just one part of the president's sweeping plan to reduce gun violence in the wake of the school shooting massacre Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn. Carson said OFA backs the full package, which includes renewing the ban on assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

Carson said the group is starting the push with background checks because there's broad support for the issue. A Quinnipiac poll released this month found 92% of voters supported universal background checks, and a bipartisan group of senators is working on legislation to close loopholes in the system.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said his group is "doing whatever we can right now" to push its gun rights message, but he declined to comment on the OFA ad campaign without more information on the lawmakers to be targeted.

Obama's decision to establish a separate advocacy group, organized as a social welfare group under the U.S. tax code, is an unprecedented move for a sitting president. "The president is essentially creating his own lobbying entity," said Anthony Corrado, a professor of government at Colby College in Maine.

Unlike the Democratic Party, which faces strict campaign contribution limits, Organizing for Action will take unlimited money from corporations, unions and individuals. That will free it to raise big sums quickly to mount aggressive, campaign-style grass-roots and advertising efforts.

Campaign-finance watchdogs, such as Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer, have slammed the decision as a "dangerous" precedent that will allow special interests to curry favor with the administration.

Jim Messina, Obama's 2012 campaign manager and OFA chairman, said the group will not accept money from PACs or federal lobbyists. "This grass-roots movement is going to be funded just like the campaign was," Messina said. "Our average contribution was $51."

The goal is to create a group that survives past Obama's presidency, Carson said.

He said thousands would participate in Friday's events, which include letter-writing campaigns, vigils and news conferences.

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Contributing: Susan Page

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  1. Pingback: Anti-gun ad blitz coming - INGunOwners

  2. wypatriotComment by wypatriot
    February 21, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    READ THIS
    If They Pass Any Law…THEY ARE BREAKING THIS LAW!—
    PRAY TO GOD THIS GETS AROUND TO THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES POPULATION.

    Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 also known as the Dick Act of 1902 – Gun Control is FORBIDDEN!

    Were/Are you aware of this law?
    DICK ACT of 1902 – CAN’T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) – Protection Against Tyrannical Government.
    This Administration, a criminal Cabal, is counting on the fact that the American Citizens don’t know this, their rights and the constitution. Don’t prove them right.
    The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws.
    It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities. (SPREAD THIS TO EVERYONE) The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia, henceforth known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia, the unorganized militia and the regular army.
    The militia encompasses every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45. All members of the unorganized militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy.
    The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to do so would violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws which would be yet another gross violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
    The President of the United States has zero authority, without violating the Constitution, to call the National Guard to serve outside of their State borders.
    The National Guard Militia can only be required by the National Government for limited purposes specified in the Constitution (to uphold the laws of the Union; to suppress insurrection and repel invasion). These are the only purposes for which the General Government can call upon the National Guard.
    Source.
    http://www.civilrightstaskforce.info/gun_control_forbidden.htm
    Also watch this: http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/drugs/the-link-between-psychiatric-drugs-andnearly-all-recent-mass-shootings.html
    Get this message out to all your email buddies. It’s time to learn about your rights!

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    • vevaComment by veva
      February 21, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

      I never knew this – I hope you are correct. I’ll look at the articles you’ve provided, and provide url to others. This president is like none other. He had good teachers in Chicago. They must be drooling over their ‘student’.

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    • armyvet12Comment by armyvet12
      February 21, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

      Look this is not the truth so please stop perpetuating myths and false hope for people all laws can be repealed and the Dick Act established the Naval and Army National Guard nothing more and those who keep doing it are doing a disservice to gun rights.

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      February 21, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

      ‘If you don’t voluntarily agree with me, I will assault you with a barrage of slanted propaganda designed to mentally beat you into submission.’

      Somebody needs to lock him in a soundproof room and make him listen to Rush Limbaugh and Shaun Hannity 24/7.

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  3. lightengineComment by lightengine
    February 21, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

    100 % background checks would require 100% gun registration. That will never happen because there would be massive civil disobedience with the constant threat of confiscation. Why doesn’t he promote a program for the more than 8 million concealed carry license holders, including teachers and staff, to provide volunteer protection for our kids in school or eliminate all “pretend” gun free zones that are killing fields? Why doesn’t the President work to balance our trade accounts that have sucked 70 million jobs out of the economy and made the wage earning and corporate tax bases too small to support Federal spending? 46% of the trade deficit is energy and 41% is China. 70% of the National debt is directly from the trade deficit. Why doesn’t he commission NASA to have an inspiring project to reverse global warming? NASA is currently languishing but has the technology. Why is he allowing the FED to create currency accounts that are used to purchase its deficit to keep the interest rate at 1.5%? The FED is now committed to purchase the entire $16+ trillion dollar National debt and more than double the M3 money supply which will drive either massive inflation or total default and take us into a new world-wide dark ages. He is either inept, stupid, or malevolent.

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    • mike1Comment by mike1
      February 21, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

      Back ground checks area joke. The back ground checks being pushed for now will only be on law abiding citizens and then the feds will have a data bank with all the names of the law abiding citizens. Back ground checks will have no affect on the ones committing the crimes. They don’t buy their guns legally.

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    • fredhComment by fredh
      February 21, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      Lightengine talks about the 70 million jobs that have left this country. The closing of American men jobs , started back in the early 70,s, with AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, companies could no longer hire the beat and brightest, they were force to go by quotas. Productively in 1970 with a workforce of 70 million people ( 80% men,20% women) was rated at 100 % . Women started staying in the workforce in 1972, the workforce double to 135 million people by 1983, productively drop to 50 percent. With out production companies were force t go overseas. One more thing, in 1970 the U.S. was the greatest industrial nation on the face of the earth.

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  4. gm1919Comment by gm1919
    February 21, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    The people need to rise up against this Tyrant. he is taking away all of our freedoms and the masses just sit by and ignore what is coming. You think that taking our guns away will be all of it? try our religious liberties, our personal property. Yes he and his Marxist organizers have been busy to eventually and I mean soon confiscate all the peoples wealth. that’s right your 401 K’s and pensions will no longer be yours. The government will take them and distribute as they want. Obama is the first Tyrant we have had as a president and if our military does not step in and stop him, then they too will be complicite in tyrany. William Penn said it most admirably ” If men are not governed by God they will be ruled by tyrants”. Obama is the tyrant in this quote. all of us better call for impeachment and hold our representatives to the fire. Democrat or republican, white, hispanic or african-american. asian native american. no matter if you are in this country and believe this government should take care of you, then read up on karl marx and saul Alinsky. believe me Obama is following their playbook and he is not looking out for you. He wants whatever youu have and will decide what you will get. he is a very evil man.

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  5. wallybluComment by wallyblu
    February 21, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    The right to keep and bear arms is writen in the Constitution, the right to vote is writen in the Constitution.

    The Supreme Court has determined that IDs and back ground checks, for fire arms owners are legal and resonable, why isn’t voter ID legal and reasonalble?

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    • gm1919Comment by gm1919
      February 21, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

      People need to understand this. Obama does not view America as the land of the free. He despises free enerprise and demonizes success. he believes in total government control from the cradle to the grave and that means when it comes to guns, votes, earnings, private property. in other words whatever you make is really not yours but belongs to the government. I believe the first rule of order is for people to really get that Obama is not our commander-in-chief but more our commisar in chief. Admit it and profess it. That is what he is and if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck it is a duck. He talks like a tyrant, walks like a narciscist. Loves himself and is a tyrant.

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    • gpo1913Comment by gpo1913
      February 21, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

      With his attitude toward our Constitution and everything America stands for shows that he wasn’t born here. Born in Kenya and bought a birth certificate in Hawaii.

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  6. ringComment by ring
    February 21, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Hello Campers,

    For a person not wanting his background checked our president is sure pushing for everybody else to!

    Ring

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  7. yermalComment by yermal
    February 21, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    It is reported that there are about 300 million guns of all types purchased in the past. Under the proposed legislation for background checks, will those who own guns now be required to register and subject themselves to background checks?

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  8. mmartianComment by mmartian
    February 21, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Interesting how they try to call it a grassroots organization when it said to be Obama’s advocacy group.

    Usually a grass roots organization means that it starts at the people, not the top.

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  9. marj0120Comment by marj0120
    February 21, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    The goal of obam and the progressive libs is to disarm the public, period end of sentence. It has nothing to do with saftey, or the acts of mad men, he just wants a public unarmed and helpless to stop whatever he altimately has in mind.

    Every country in recent history that has allowed itself to be unarmed has been subject to mass murder by it’s government. When they tell me I can have a “shot gun” or a “single shot revolver” all that comes to my mind is that yeah that would be a good defense against one person provided I didn’t miss on the first shot.

    Who do they think they are kidding?

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  10. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    February 21, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    “Obama and a group of his closest advisers launched Organizing for Action (OFA) in late January to transform his campaign operation into a tax-exempt group to advance his second-term priorities, including gun control, immigration and climate change.”

    Once a community organizer (rabble rouser), always a community organizer. Why did those who voted for him expect him to change?

    If I did have a gun, I wouldn’t tell anyone, nor would I register it. I was born free, and I plan to die the same way. I’m not a criminal, and I hope that they don’t make me one with an unconstitutional law.

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  11. gpo1913Comment by gpo1913
    February 21, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Hey obama, you ever heard of our Founding Father, George Washington A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
    George Washington

    Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.
    George Washington
    Of Course, you trash our Constitution every chance you get.
    True Americans would not do that.

    The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.
    George Washington

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  12. rzraickComment by rzraick
    February 21, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    The truth is that Obama is a Marxist/Leninist using the Hitler playbook. He is supported by a dunbed down populus whch have been brainwashed into believing socialism is a good idea, by the indoctrination by government controlled education.

    His is adored and followed blindly by those who have lost all touch with reality.

    The divide in this country will never be repaired. Obama will strive to unify the country by use of government force, not by the concepts of freedom. He is a tyrant out of control.

    This will end badly.

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  14. whitComment by whit
    February 22, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    “advocacy group will target more than a dozen members of Congress…for failing to voice support for his plan”. Welcome to Chicago-style politics!

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  15. jaxholleyComment by jaxholley
    February 22, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    I feel like I am in Nazi Germany in the 1940′s. Are we doomed to repeat history. I hope it is the birth of our country history and not Germany’s history. Hitler divided the groups aginst each other and then knocked them down one by one and sent them to FEMA camps…sorry concentration camps. Please google fema camps. For the first time I am ashamed of my country. Pray for the oathkeppers.

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  16. wypatriotComment by wypatriot
    February 22, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    armyvet12
    What in the world are you talking about ” a disservice to gun owners” HUH ! Buy informing them of a law which defends the right to Resist any attempt for Anyone to take our weapons is a disservice ! If anything its your negative post that is a disservice, and i would go as far as saying your one of the nincompoops who doesn’t know who the militia is !
    the Naval national guard do you mean the “Coast Guard” they are run by the states who have water ways large enough to navigate! The Unorganized militia is every American NOT in the National Guard ! Every Able bodied American who owns a firearm… We the people are the militia !

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    • armyvet12Comment by armyvet12
      February 23, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

      No I actually do know what I’m talking about and have actually read the law. I do not need a law to tell me that I can own a gun I have the Constitution and to keep perpetuating the myth of these lies is ignorance on the part of people who choose to believe the hyperbole of other conspiracy theorists on the internet. Facts and truth are what should set the gun rights movement apart from the gun control advocates not some law written in 1902 that has been superseded many times and is defunct. Stop looking for a magic cure for gun control and gaining support when we only need to look to the Constitution, so aside from your name calling and a lack of knowledge of the Constitution and other laws that have superseded the Dick Act over the years do you have any other arguments that you need me to refute?

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  17. wypatriotComment by wypatriot
    February 24, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Ok so your right and No we don’t need any more laws to protect the 2nd Amendment…period, it is an inalienable right given by God ! So then why would there be ANY Laws that would supersede the Dick Act if like you say all we need is the Constitution. If i have misled anyone i apologize to You and to them.. All we need is to support one another and Defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as Citizens and Patriots !
    We are Still either members of the National Guard which the State may activate and as members of the unorganized militia(or Both) as in the way this administration is destroying Our Country (muslim in the W.H.) where we may eventually turn into the instance where the people rise up as ONE NATION to take back Our Country ! Why we are Armed to begin with ! Thank you armyvet12 for setting me straight !

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  18. armyvet12Comment by armyvet12
    February 25, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Why does our Government do anything? They continuously pass laws that supersede others as well as disregarding the supreme law of the land. Until the People actually start to learn the truth about how the Government works–unlikely since the control over the schools has been relegated to the liberal mindset–and the purpose of the Constitution the brunt of the burden is on those of us willing to learn and those of us who know to put out truth and not just wishful thinking.

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