The Georgia Senate race might be closer than expected. Not only because a poll shows that the leading Democrat in the race is starting strong, but also because it might be a focus for Organizing for Action, the 501(c)(4) successor organization to President Obama’s reelection campaign. Assuming, that is, that OFA wants to walk the legal line that got so many Tea Party groups in trouble with the IRS in 2010.
It’s easy to forget that in the modern political era Georgia’s senators have been largely Democratic. Not just pro-Southern Dixiecrats either. Democrats, like Max Cleland, Zell Miller (sort of), and Sam Nunn. And by 2015, perhaps Michelle Nunn — daughter of Sam and currently the CEO of Points of Light, an organization derived from President George H. W. Bush’s call for increased volunteerism.
In a Public Policy Polling poll released earlier this week, Nunn, perhaps due to name recognition, is competitive. She is leading or tied with each likely Republican candidate, although most voters aren’t familiar with the names presented. As is always the case with early polls involving relatively unknown candidates, there’s a lot of time for things to change. While the state leans Republican, The New York Times’ Nate Silver noted earlier this year that the state’s diversity could be an opportunity for Democrats.
Which is where Organizing for Action might come in. After the 2012 election, a number of campaign staff from the Obama team helped found the organization, a 501(c)(4) non-profit focused on advancing the president’s agenda. Once it worked out a few kinks, the organization began its organizing efforts earlier this year — a not insignificant part of which was fundraising.