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April 08, 2013

Obama's political organization targets senators on gun legislation

President Barack Obama's new  political organization, Organizing for Action, began running online ads on Facebook and search engines asking Americans to urge their senators to support universal background checks on all gun sales. 

OFA_background-checks_screenshot (1)Organizing for Action has held hundreds of events across the nation, raised money and blasted out emails to supporters focused on the president’s top issues: curbing gun violence, fighting climate change, overhauling the immigration system and solving the nation’s fiscal problems through a mixture of tax revisions or increases and budget cuts. It's next day of action on reducing gun violence will be April 13.

Senators who are targted are: Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Dan Coats, R-Indiana, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Susan Collins, R-Maine, Dean Heller, R-Nev., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Organizing for Action focuses on Obama's  policy agenda – not on electing Democratic candidates – by raising unlimited amounts of cash and accessing the president’s list of supporters, volunteers and donors.


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