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January 22, 2013

Obama Nonprofit's Volunteers Told to Raise Own Funds for Access to Data

Some volunteers who have signed up for a nonprofit advocacy group launched to promote President Obama's second-term agenda are taking issue with a requirement that they help shoulder the cost of gaining access to voter lists and other key information, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Volunteers were told at an initial meeting Sunday of Organizing for Action that they would have raise money to access data they would use in turn to solicit support for the new 501(c)(4) entity, prompting some gasps and pointed comments. The nonprofit group is an outgrowth of the president's 2012 re-election effort that aims to support his agenda on gun control, climate change, and other issues.

Jim Messina, Organizing for Action's chairman, said the organization is "not going to have the money we had" during the campaign. "We want to figure out how to do this with them," he said of the volunteers, adding, "It has to be sustainable."