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February 25, 2013

White House-Linked Nonprofit Sets $50-Million Goal

Organizing for Action, the 501(c)(4) social-welfare group established by former White House and Obama campaign officials, is aiming to raise $50-million to advocate nationally on key items on the president's second-term agenda, writes The New York Times.

Political-finance watchdog groups have raised red flags about the nonprofit organization, saying it courts influence-peddling by relying heavily on wealthy and corporate donors who, at the highest contribution levels, will get access to White House officials and meetings with the president.

Organization for Action mounted its first major campaign Friday, deploying thousands of supporters in more than 80 congressional districts to call for tighter background checks on guns purchases and releasing $500,000 worth of Internet advertisements on the issue.