One OFA team leader who identified herself as Reno took to an open microphone to lambaste the organization for suspending access to its massive volunteer database, which is thought to be one of the group’s most valuable assets.
“We can’t find our people because VoteBuilder isn’t available. And that’s a problem,” Reno said.
The database of volunteers will be exclusive to Organizing for Action, but its voter lists remain available to the DNC and state parties, according to a source familiar with the plans.
Carson left little doubt that the organization will work in lockstep with the White House, a reality that some liberals say will weaken the movement.
“If OFA is an independent political force that represents Obama volunteers, that is a very exciting thing,” said Becky Bond, the political director at Credo Mobile, a progressive phone company. “If it is a set of tools and a pot of money that just ends up manufacturing grass-roots support for the presidents’ weak compromises with Republicans, that’s a bad thing.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.