Obama getting a little help from his friends
'Action August' conference designed to plan activities during congressional recess
President Barack Obama is teaming up with some of his biggest supporters, who hope to push the president's agenda over the next month.
The president speaks Monday to Organizing for Action, the pro-Obama advocacy group that was spun off from the president's 2012 re-election campaign. The "Action August" conference, to be held at a downtown hotel in the nation's capital, is designed to plan the group's activities during the August congressional recess in support of the president's policy agenda.
"It's all about making sure members of Congress hear directly from the people they represent, on the issues that matter to all of us," OFA executive director Jon Carson wrote in an email to supporters.
An OFA official, speaking to CNN, added that the organization wants to keep a "steady drumbeat going while members of Congress are back in their home states and districts," and that the issues on the list are health care, immigration reform, gun control, and climate change.
The president is expected to speak to around 200 volunteers, financial supporters and OFA and Obama campaign alumni. Later the president will dine with a smaller group of around 70 supporters and friends.
This is the second time Obama has talked at an event put on by OFA, which was formed in January.
When the president first met with the group in March, there was criticism that the group, which is registered as a nonprofit, social-welfare organization, planned to grant special access to the president for top donors. OFA officials vigorously pushed back against such accusations.
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