Organizing for Action holds “off the record” phone call on gun control

President Obama may claim that his administration is the most transparent in history — an assertion widely debated — but don’t expect that ‘transparency’ to extend to his old campaign organization.

On Wednesday night, Organizing for Action, the newly rebooted campaign-organization-turned-nonprofit, livestreamed a “special briefing for OFA volunteers on gun violence prevention,” according to an email sent out about the call. Stephanie Cutter, former deputy campaign manager for Obama’s 2012 campaign, invited OFA volunteers to listen in to learn more about the Obama’s gun proposal and discuss ways to “take action,” “spread the word and pressure Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence.”

Yet not a minute into the call, members of the press were told the whole livestream was “off the record.”

So much for transparency.

Organizing for Action is technically ‘separate’ from the Obama administration, but in name only. By all appearances, they’re still closely linked, as the OFA website URL remains barackobama.com, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden frequently use the OFA list to send emails to supporters and the organization held a post-SOTU call featuring a recording from the President. At best, the organization is pushing the bounds of what is legal under their tax-exempt status, a classification that restricts them from primarily engaging in campaign-like political activities.

And lest you think Obama is alone in claiming ‘transparency,’ let’s take a look at Cutter’s own words.

During an appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos where the topic of discussion was the drone program, Cutter said Obama’s administration wants “transparency, accountability and a process to ensure that … everybody’s aware of what we’re doing going forward.”

Following the debacle in Benghazi, Libya, Cutter also appeared on ‘The Today Show‘ and asserted that the Obama administration had been totally open with the public during the entire situation.

“Every step of the way, information is learned, as intelligence is approved, of what happened on the ground that night, the President makes it available to members of Congress and the public,” she said. “It’s been a very transparent process and he’s determined to bring whoever perpetrated this against our four Americans to justice.”

Except the President himself said the Benghazi attack wasn’t a good example of transparency.

And if you asked Cutter today about the call Wednesday night, she might conveniently forget it happened. After all, isn’t that the case regarding the phone call with Joe Soptic?

Comments

One Response to “Organizing for Action holds “off the record” phone call on gun control”

  1. Carl Hendershot says:

    This would be the biggest mistake any president could make at this juncture in time 2013. In 50 to 100 years from now it might be the right time. I guess you would have to think ahead and see whats really going on with all this bull crap distraction from whats going on in secret. Tube sheeple are just that. It is no conspiracy to be aware of long term agenda’s called events. Wise~n up people or you will see things get worse before morning.”The American Zombie Mind” Oh wait American Idol is on forget what I said. Back to the T.V. and enjoy my big mac large fries and coke… A world away~> Which way did he go George? Which way did he go? uhhh. You can not pick sides when your on a one way train. OPEN YOUR MIND. Muhahahaha “We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order, a world where the rule of law, not the rule of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations. When we are successful, and we will be, we have a real chance at this new world order, an order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping role to fulfill the promise and vision of the U.N.’s founders.” Founders Harry S. Truman, Alger Hiss <-spy, Franklin D. Roosevelt. citizensamericaparty(DOT)org/

Leave a Reply

Devo does not want Scalise to 'Whip It'
A founding member of the 1980s band Devo really does not want to see House Majority Whip Steve Scalise “Whip It Good.” Scalise has been using the bands hit song “Whip It” at events and his staff recently created a joint fundraising committee with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) to raise money for a 1980s-themed birthday party […]
Jon Stewart rips Democrats for race-bait

“Oh, for f---s sake.”

Jon Stewart skewers VA wait times

In case you forgot, the VA is still terrible.

Stewart hits Cruz on privacy
Sen. Ted Cruz’s Monday presidential announcement made Christmas come early for Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show.” Stewart was positively gleeful as he prepared to mock everything from the kiss between Cruz and his wife to the fact that Liberty University students were forced to attend the campaign speech. But the liberal host did make […]
Jay Leno: College kids are too PC

Whether it's how ethanol subsidies are terrible or how college kids need to get over themselves, Jay Leno has been on point lately.

White House

White House promises not to use legal loophole to keep NSA spying alive if Patriot Act expires
If the Patriot Act expires, it will stop the National Security Agency’s bulk spying too. The Obama administration promised this week that it will not take advantage of a legal loophole to keep the NSA spying alive unless Congress re-authorizes the Patriot Act, Reuters reported. Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the NSA to collect data on […]
In honor of National Puppy Day, here are the top 10 cutest presidential puppies

Today is National Puppy Day! To celebrate, we give you the top ten cutest puppies to grace the White House Lawn.

Obama: ‘By hook or by crook’ I’ll push my agenda through
This is probably not the smartest phrasing to use. President Obama had an interview with Huffington Post over the weekend and while much of the interview was his oft-repeated lines about how Republicans are the reason nothing is getting done in Washington, he added a new phrase about his legacy that is bound to raise […]
Obama tells Prince Charles that Americans like the royal family better than their own politicians

President Obama has admitted what we all already knew: Americans far prefer the Duchess of Cambridge to Michelle.

Obama suggested that voting should be mandatory. Now he’s being called ‘totalitarian.’

President Obama is taking some heat for suggesting this week that mandatory voting might not be such a bad idea.

Congress

Sen. Harry Reid will not seek re-election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, the wily Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday he will retire after five terms. Reid, 75, who shepherded key Obama administration initiatives including the president’s health care law, lost his role as majority leader — […]
Schock: Lincoln faced challenges too
Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock (R- Ill.) gave his farewell speech on the House floor Thursday, promising that it was “not the end of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.” While his own trials are more of the “Downton Abbey” decor and Katy Perry concert variety, Schock likened this tough time to that […]
Boehner, Pelosi read mean tweets
Taking a cue from Jimmy Kimmel’s famous “Mean Tweets” series, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) got in on the fun and read some mean tweets about themselves in a video for the 2015 Radio & Television Correspondents Association […]
GOP blocks Warren's student loan plan
THE HILL — Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an effort by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to attach an amendment aimed at lowering student loan rates to the budget. Senators voted 46-53 against Warren’s amendment to the Republican budget resolution. Warren’s amendment would have allowed people with college loan debt to refinance at interest rates from […]
Rand really liked those 'Stand with Rand' trolls

During Ted Cruz's big announcement at Liberty University yesterday--which students were required to attend--some Rand Paul supporters decided to troll Cruz with some "Stand with Rand" shirts: