The PJ Tatler

Wasserman Schultz: OFA Won't Usurp My DNC

Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) brushed off assertions that President Obama’s campaign arm — Organizing for America turned Organizing for Action — would in any strip clout from her organization.

“The president is going to robustly be involved in raising money for the Democratic National Committee for his political arm. And the DNC couldn’t be more relevant,” she said this morning on MSNBC. “You know, I actually am really glad that OFA has decided to stay active because, you know typically between elections, you have a harder time when you don’t have a candidate for volunteers to stay engaged and motivated around.”

“Now we have this organization that is going to be able to keep our volunteers engaged, and involved from one election to the next, organizing around the issues and the agenda that the president is — and Democrats are advancing. And then we’re going to be able to shift their focus to the candidates that we need to elect to make sure that we can advance that agenda.”

The DNC, after all, is still the group that owns the voter file, the chairwoman argued.

“We’re the ones that have — that — that are going to primarily be driving, making sure that the targeted data and information that actually has allowed us to run in the last two election cycles, the largest, most dynamic grassroots presidential campaigns in history, that is going to be driven by the DNC. And — and Organizing For Action is going to be involved in making sure we keep our grassroots activists engaged. And then they will be turned loose on — on the campaigns in 2014, and — and help us win the — win the majority in the House back,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Obama is speaking Wednesday night at an OFA summit in Washington.