Obama group OFA scales back staffing, fundraising

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Associated Press

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 6:08 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — An advocacy group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda is scaling back its fundraising efforts and cutting its paid staff in half as focus shifts to the midterm elections.

That's according to three Democratic officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the group's staffing and financing publicly, and requested anonymity.

Organizing for Action raised $26 million in 2013, its first year of existence. But with the midterms approaching, the group will no longer solicit high-dollar contributions, although it will continue raising smaller amounts.

The group has also reduced its workforce recently from a high of more than 200 to just over 100 paid employees. That move came as the group was winding down its health care enrollment push.

Some Democrats have complained that the group is diverting resources needed by Democratic candidates.

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