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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 12:51 AM

Barack Obama-linked group targets Scott Walker re-election bid, race to succeed Paul Ryan

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Barack Obama-linked group targets Scott Walker re-election bid, race to succeed Paul Ryan


MARK SOMMERHAUSER msommerhauser@madison.com 13 hrs ago

A political organizing group linked to former President Barack Obama has outlined plans for 2018 that include helping defeat Gov. Scott Walker in his bid for re-election.

Also on the group’s target list: the race to succeed outgoing U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in southern Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, and flipping GOP-held seats in the Wisconsin state Senate to Democratic control.

The nonprofit group, Organizing for Action, or OFA, announced the plans Tuesday. It was founded in 2013, after Obama was re-elected, by some of his top aides.

Obama does not have a formal role with Organizing for Action, “but the group is directed in large part by his former advisers and is seen by Democrats as reflecting his political priorities,” The New York Times reported. The group’s “Organizing For ’18” program aims to harness its “vast grassroots network, training expertise, and digital resources,” according to a statement.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the progressive movement. We’re fired up that OFA can play its part by doing what we do best — community organizing,” spokesman Jesse Lehrich said.

Its plans call for involvement in U.S. House and state-level races across the country, including a target list of 27 U.S. Congressional districts, six governor’s offices now held by Republicans, and legislative races and ballot initiatives in some states as well..........................

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