Organizing for Action, the nonprofit spawned out of the 2012 Obama campaign juggernaut, has launched a contest allowing grassroots supporters to enter for a chance to meet the President. The winner and a guest will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to an OFA event this summer, where they will meet the POTUS backstage.
“Sometimes these contests can seem a little cheesy,” the OFA email about the contest reads. “But it boils down to this: We’re doing it because President Obama says over and over again that he loves meeting with grassroots supporters. So why not take a shot?”
All one has to do to enter is supply their email address and zip code, thereby allowing the organization to send fundraising emails in the future. After submitting that information, entrants will also be asked if they want to contribute to OFA.
“Thanks — now chip in,” reads the webpage confirming that one’s entry is official.
Since its transformation from campaign organization to nonprofit, OFA has maintained a close relationship with the President, earning itself the nickname ‘Organizing for Acce$$.’ The group received flak for seemingly allowing donors to buy access to the President, with a $500,000 donation guaranteeing a meeting with the POTUS. Critics have questioned its nonprofit status, and progressives at the recent Netroots conference in San Jose, Calif., called out the leaders of OFA for not being clear about where the group stands with the President. Even the URL for OFA is BarackObama.com.
In the fine print about the contest, there’s an alternate entry form that allows one to enter without signing up for future OFA fundraising emails. And while donations are not required to enter the contest, nor do they increase chances of winning, this OFA stunt is just another indication of the continued cozy relationship between the President and this ‘nonprofit.’