Organizing for Action pitches help for Democrats – Reid J. Epstein – POLITICO.com

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Organizing for Action pitches help for Democrats – Reid J. Epstein – POLITICO.com

Organizing for Action is looking to help Georgia Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, marking the first time that President Barack Obama’s political arm has explicitly crossed into Democratic politics.

Several political operatives and potential donors told POLITICO that OFA Executive Director Jon Carson made the pitch to help Nunn in various discussions this spring.

OFA Chairman Jim Messina has also held discussions with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about mobilizing Obama supporters in Republican-held districts in races the party hopes will be competitive, according to a Democratic official.

(Also on POLITICO: OFA embraces tea party blueprint)

It’s a dramatic step for the group, founded in January, to help promote the president’s agenda. OFA says it’s not endorsing specific candidates or participating in “electoral politics,” but by telling donors that its work will directly help Democratic candidates, OFA is jumping over a partisan boundary it previously had said it wouldn’t cross.

Exactly how OFA will assist candidates has yet to be determined, according to people who have spoken with Carson. But former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said they talked about ways to help Nunn.

“We did talk about her race,” Barnes said. “It was about helping her and everybody here. We need [OFA] to become involved in registering people who are now turning to us. That includes white women, Hispanics and, of course, African-Americans. I was encouraging him to become more and more involved. I told him, ‘Y’all ought to get involved in this race.’”

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