Obama campaign seeks input on future, whatever that may be
Updated On: Nov 19 2012 10:34:14 AM CST
While the election may be over, don't expect an end to the campaign emails -- the latest of which hailed from President Barack Obama's re-election team Sunday evening.
The email asked for feedback from supporters about the president's campaign and signaled the organization may stick around for future use as a policy advocate tool under Obama's second term, or even further down the road as a blueprint for national Democratic candidates.
Written by campaign manager Jim Messina, the email points supporters and activists to an online survey that asks basic database questions -- such as age, gender, address, etc. -- as well as 30 detailed questions about supporters' experiences working with the campaign.
It further solicits input for future prospects for the group, known as Organizing for America, which built unprecedented access to information about voters and had an aggressive push to make contact with them through phone calls and door knocks. At the end of the campaign, Obama's team said they had reached 125 million potential voters using their system of personalized contacts.
"Your hard work and passion defined this campaign and re-elected President Obama," the survey states. "Now, we're counting on you to help take this organization forward as we continue our work beyond 2012."
Messina and the deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, did not respond to requests for comments about the questionnaire and the organization's future.
Among the new survey's questions, supporters are asked how they got involved with the campaign and what kind of work they would like to do down the road. Activists are even asked if they're interested in running for office.
Following re-election, the president wasted no time taking advantage of the organization's massive base. The Huffington Post reported that Obama spoke to 30,000 supporters on a conference call last Tuesday about the fiscal cliff, rallying the troops as he began negotiations with congressional leaders to find a deficit-reduction package.
"Our work can't stop now," he said, according to audio of the call. "We're going to need you guys to stay active. We need you to stick with us and stay on this and I'm pledging to do a better job even than we did in the first term in making sure you guys stay involved, that you guys know exactly what we're doing, that we're giving you guys clear directions and talking points in terms of how we keep mobilizing across the country."
Also on the call was OFA's Battleground State Director Mitch Stewart, who, along with Deputy Director Jeremy Bird, did not return requests for comment about the call.
However, on a conference call with reporters two days after the election, top campaign advisers said they had plans to talk to supporters before taking any steps forward with the Obama campaign machine.
"We're going to go through a process with our supporters, and have conversations with them about what they want to do next," Messina said. "We've always listened to the ground."
David Plouffe, the White House senior adviser who led Obama's 2008 campaign, echoed those remarks, saying "you can't just transfer" the Obama campaign machine to another candidate.
"People are not going to spend hours away from their families and their jobs, contributing financially when it's hard from them to do it, unless the believe in the candidate," he said.
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