Obama Fires Up OFA’s Engine

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Organizing for America, Barack Obama’s campaign organization, seems to be finally coming to life. OFA sent out emails this morning to supporters urging them to call their members of Congress to express support for health care reform. From the email:

Members of Congress have been home for just a few days, and they’re already facing increased pressure from insurance companies, special interests, and partisan attack organizations that are spending millions to block health insurance reform.

These groups are using scare tactics and spreading smears about the President’s plan for reform, trying to incite constituents into lashing out at their representatives and disrupting their events.

More important, OFA has been encouraging some members to attend their representative’s town halls to counteract the anti-reform forces’ strategy of disrupting the town halls. Here’s what one of the emails looks like:

So OFA’s organizing engine is definitely roaring to life after lying largely dormant since the election. Will it make a difference? That depends on whether anyone actually reads the emails, makes the calls, or attends the town halls. Sending out emails is easy. Actually getting people to agitate for reform is hard.

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