The government watchdog group, Common Cause, is calling on President Obama to direct associates to shut down Organizing for Action, the independent organization supporters and former campaign aides created to raise money and push his domestic and foreign policies.
"If President Obama is serious about his often-expressed desire to rein in big money in politics, he should shut down Organizing for Action and disavow any plan to schedule regular meetings with its major donors," said Common Cause president Bob Edgar. "Access to the president should never be for sale."
Edgar said that OFA, which has reportedly promised big donors quarterly meetings with Obama, "apparently intends to extend and deepen the pay-to-play Washington culture that Barack Obama came to prominence pledging to end."
He called the White House's suggestion that the group is independent "laughable." He said any group associated with Obama should refuse all donations from lobbyists, corporations and unions, provide complete and prompt disclosure of all its donors and the amounts they contribute, and impose an annual limit of $32,400 on the amount of money it will accept from any individual or political action committee."