Organizing for America, the Democratic National Committee-led campaign infrastructure built by President Obama, had its coming out party this morning at DNC headquarters on Capitol Hill. It had gathered 642,000 pledges in support of Obama's budget, and 200+ volunteers will be delivering them today to lawmakers--both Democrats and Republicans--in a non-targeted, blanket grassroots lobbying effort.
It had organized a canvassing effort two weekends ago that drew participation from over 10,000 people, it had drummed up support via emails to Obama's campaign distribution list to gather signatures, and it had aired a national TV ad asking citizens to call Congress in support of the budget, all part of its first initiative--a massive effort to push Obama's budget blueprint through Congress.
"If today's involvement is any indication, we're going to be in very good shape over the next four years," OFA Director Mitch Stewart told several hundred volunteers, press, and DNC staffers gathered in the first floor of the DNC's HQ today. Boxes full of pro-Obama-budget pledges from across the country, which lined the room, seemed to support his statement.
But what, exactly, will OFA be in good shape to accomplish? So far, its stated goal has been to keep Obama supporters "involved in the legislative process," and to transfer the political energy of the 2008 campaign--and the Barack Obama movement--into further political engagement.