Lucky Jim

Column: Obama crony Jim Messina is in the empire business
Jim Messina Walter White

The headline from this week’s Organizing For America summit was the president’s remark that OFA volunteers are doing “God’s work.” Nothing, though, on who was in the audience during the invitation-only, “intimate roundtable discussion” between the president, his 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe, and his 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina. I would like to know who was there. I would like to know who was there because I would like to tell them, as gently as possible, that they are being bilked. Messina is taking their money and building an empire with it.

Jim Messina Joins Board of Firm That Received Millions in Federal Money

OFA head, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina joins green energy company LanzaTech's board
Jim Messina

A former top White House official and the head of President Barack Obama’s personal advocacy group is joining the board of a green energy company backed by a major Democratic donor that recently received millions in federal contracts.

Organizing for Millionaires

Column: The price of access to Obama is too damn high
AP

Accumulating the capital to mingle with the likes of Jim Messina and President Obama is an arduous undertaking if you are not already a tech billionaire or Hollywood mogul or green energy venture capitalist or Vogue magazine editor or labor boss.

Organizing for Action 101

OFA

President Obama will speak to a collection of wealthy donors and activists Wednesday evening at a luxury hotel near the White House. The event is called the “Founders Summit,” and it’s the second major donor meeting for the president’s dark money group, Organizing for Action.