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Obama's campaign looks to legislative fights

Obama's campaign looks to legislative fights
By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | January 20, 2013 | Updated: January 20, 2013 2:02pm

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama's campaign racked up 332 electoral votes and helped the president win a second term. Now it hopes to score legislative victories and build the president's legacy.

Throngs of campaign volunteers and staff members gathered Sunday at a Washington hotel on the eve of Obama's Inauguration for a conference that served as both reunion and planning session for the next four years.

Recounting the success of the 2012 campaign, campaign officials vowed to use a new nonprofit called Organizing for Action to marshal support behind Obama's legislative agenda. The arrangement is unprecedented for a sitting president essentially transforming his re-election campaign into a nonprofit organization to back up his efforts in Congress.

"We know it is time to reform our broken immigration system, and we will get it done this year," said Jon Carson, a former White House official who will serve as OFA's executive director. "We are going to take it to them on reducing gun violence, on climate change. And we are going to take this network and finish some jobs that we started," he said, pointing to the sweeping health care law signed by Obama.


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