Chairman of Lobbying Firm Is Major OFA Donor

Michael Kempner


One of the "founding members" of President Obama's dark money group, Organizing for Action (OFA), is Michael Kempner, chairman of public relations and lobbying firm MWW Group.

Kempner was one of the top donors to the group, donating $50,000.

Kempner was a national finance chair for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign; he took a major fundraising role with the Obama campaign after Clinton suspended hers. He was registered as a lobbyist until 2008.

The Wall Street Journal dubbed President Obama's 2010 attendance at a $30,400-a-plate dinner at the lobbyist's Cresskill, N.J., home a "compromise," considering the various lobbying clients of MWW Group, which include a number of clients unfriendly to Democrats.

Kempner was also part of Obama’s 2012 fundraising effort, raising $817,167 as a bundler.

He is no stranger to the White House; Kempner's name appears on the White House visitor log at least 49 times.