Common Cause, the usually liberal public interest group, called for the shutdown of Barack Obama's former campaign apparatus, Organizing for Action, on Tuesday.
In its statement, the group called on President Obama to "direct his associates to shut down the 'independent' organization they established to raise money and lobby on behalf of his domestic and foreign policies."
Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause, said, “If President Obama is serious about his often-expressed desire to rein in big money in politics, he should shut down Organizing for Action and disavow any plan to schedule regular meetings with its major donors. Access to the President should never be for sale.”
Edgar concluded that “[w]ith its reported promise of quarterly presidential meetings for donors and ‘bundlers’ who raise $500,000, Organizing For Action apparently intends to extend and deepen the pay-to-play Washington culture that Barack Obama came to prominence pledging to end." He mocked the "White House’s suggestion this week that this group will somehow be independent" as "laughable.”