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August 18, 1995 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Steve Appleford writes regularly about music for The Times
Jim Messina has already enjoyed a pop music career many would envy. He was only 19 when recruited into the Buffalo Springfield in 1967 to play alongside Neil Young and Stephen Stills. He then co-founded Poco, and found his greatest personal success as part of Loggins & Messina. The singer-songwriter has lately been re-examining that history, after some years away from active touring.
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May 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
The revelation that conservative political groups seeking tax-exempt status were singled out for special attention by Internal Revenue Service bureaucrats has given Republicans their best cudgel yet to beat on the Obama administration. But as the outrage revs into high gear, let me offer a contrarian perspective: As inept as the IRS may have been in the way they processed applications for 501(c)(4) status, the bigger scandal is that the IRS grants the tax-exempt designation to so many overtly political organizations, treating them as if they are no more engaged in partisan politics than the Girl Scouts.  The reality is that numerous high-powered political operatives for both Republicans and Democrats have formed 501(c)
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April 10, 2012 | By Michael Memoli
CHICAGO -- The Obama campaign has long treated Mitt Romney as the likely Republican foe. Rick Santorum's decision to end his presidential bid means that it's all but official, and the news quickly became fodder for another attack. In a statement, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said it was Romney's special-interest-backed campaign operation, not the candidate himself, who "finally was able to grind down" his GOP rivals. "But neither he nor his special-interest allies will be able to buy the presidency with their negative attacks," Messina said.
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November 21, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Obama for America provided a hint Wednesday of what its post-campaign role may be, sending supporters an email promoting the president's stance on the fiscal cliff and encouraging recipients to spread the White House's message. “Your voice and action helped reelect President Obama,” the email declares. It  thanked everyone for their support and responded to what the group says has been a persistent request: “Keeping you informed about how the president is fighting for you so you can continue to talk to your friends, family and neighbors.” Detailing Obama's plan for dealing with the fiscal cliff, the email lists the proposal to extend tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses, ending the tax cuts for the top 2% of Americans and more than $3 trillion in cuts.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
The revelation that conservative political groups seeking tax-exempt status were singled out for special attention by Internal Revenue Service bureaucrats has given Republicans their best cudgel yet to beat on the Obama administration. But as the outrage revs into high gear, let me offer a contrarian perspective: As inept as the IRS may have been in the way they processed applications for 501(c)(4) status, the bigger scandal is that the IRS grants the tax-exempt designation to so many overtly political organizations, treating them as if they are no more engaged in partisan politics than the Girl Scouts.  The reality is that numerous high-powered political operatives for both Republicans and Democrats have formed 501(c)
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April 16, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
President Obama pulled in $53 million in March for his reelection effort, his campaign announced today. The total marks an uptick in monthly fundraising for the president's reelection bid, which brought in a combined $45 million in February for the campaign, the Democratic National Committee and two related fundraising committees. In a video released early this morning , the campaign said that 190,000 of the 567,000 total donors for the month -- about a third -- were first-time donors to the campaign.
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November 21, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Obama for America provided a hint Wednesday of what its post-campaign role may be, sending supporters an email promoting the president's stance on the fiscal cliff and encouraging recipients to spread the White House's message. “Your voice and action helped reelect President Obama,” the email declares. It  thanked everyone for their support and responded to what the group says has been a persistent request: “Keeping you informed about how the president is fighting for you so you can continue to talk to your friends, family and neighbors.” Detailing Obama's plan for dealing with the fiscal cliff, the email lists the proposal to extend tax cuts for 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses, ending the tax cuts for the top 2% of Americans and more than $3 trillion in cuts.
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March 19, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama's reelection effort added $45 million to its coffers in February, a boost in fundraising as the campaign builds up its national infrastructure. The $45-million haul was raised jointly by the Democratic National Committee, Obama for America and two joint fundraising committees -- the Obama Victory Fund and the Swing State Victory Fund. According to the campaign, 105,000 of the more than 1.5 million donors last month were giving for the first time. The average donation was $59.04, and 97.7% of donations were in increments of $250 or less.
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October 11, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama may be playing humble these days , but his campaign isn't afraid of puffing its chest a bit. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina on Thursday declared the campaign's operation the “largest and most innovative grass-roots campaign in American political history.” The fact check on that statement will come on Nov. 6. But as the Obama campaign tries to recover from the president's ugly debate performance against Mitt Romney,...
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October 13, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
President Obama raised more than $70 million this summer for his reelection effort, his campaign announced Thursday morning. That total is short of the initial $86 million Obama raised for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee earlier this year, but one that nonetheless will likely dwarf the combined efforts of his potential Republican foes. In an email to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said that Obama for America and the DNC raised the $70 million from more than 606,000 donors -- more than the previous quarter -- and that 98% of the 766,000 total gifts were in amounts of $250 or less.
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November 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The man who managed President Obama's successful reelection campaign said Tuesday that the Chicago-based operation will carry on in some form to advocate the president's second-term agenda, and may even engage in the debate over how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. But before closing up shop in its current form, the analytics-driven Obama for America (OFA) has again turned to its massive online network to determine how best to do that. A survey emailed to supporters asked what kind of activities they'd like to see OFA engage in, including supporting Obama policy offerings and backing individual candidates in future campaigns.
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October 11, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama may be playing humble these days , but his campaign isn't afraid of puffing its chest a bit. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina on Thursday declared the campaign's operation the “largest and most innovative grass-roots campaign in American political history.” The fact check on that statement will come on Nov. 6. But as the Obama campaign tries to recover from the president's ugly debate performance against Mitt Romney,...
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June 28, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
While President Obama celebrated a victory on policy, the Obama campaign is treating the Supreme Court's decision on healthcare reform as another chance to raise questions about Mitt Romney's record and his plans for the country and calling his response to the ruling a "missed opportunity. " Though the high court's morning announcement surely set off celebration behind the scenes in the campaign's Chicago headquarters, its first public comment was light on self-congratulation and instead centered squarely on the Republican nominee.
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June 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It was a rocky May for the Obama campaign, and apparently it's already time for a pep talk. Just about a month ago, the president held the first public rallies of his campaign. But the campaign soon faced a hasty rollout of the president's new position on gay marriage, saw its first major attack message on Bain Capital undermined by leading surrogates, and faced new signs of trouble on the economy. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was locking up his party's nomination and coalescing support, while polls showed a narrowing general election fight.
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June 2, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
CHICAGO - President Obama zipped around his hometown Friday - hitting a string of fundraisers, visiting friends and checking his long-unoccupied house. But he did not stop by his campaign headquarters. He doesn't have to. As he juggles foreign visitors, ceremonial duties and the usual tasks of sitting in the Oval Office, Obama remains in close contact with his reelection effort. He spends many Sunday nights huddled with a small circle of advisors at the White House, going over strategy, ads and polling.
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May 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama added an additional $43.6 million to Democratic coffers in April, a sum his campaign says will be put to quick use to build on its ground game for the fall. The monthly fundraising haul was down from the $53 million raised in March by Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and two affiliate committees. The Republican National Committee also was quick to point out that Obama raised $32 million on his own in April 2008, without the advantage of incumbency.
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June 4, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It was a rocky May for the Obama campaign, and apparently it's already time for a pep talk. Just about a month ago, the president held the first public rallies of his campaign. But the campaign soon faced a hasty rollout of the president's new position on gay marriage, saw its first major attack message on Bain Capital undermined by leading surrogates, and faced new signs of trouble on the economy. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was locking up his party's nomination and coalescing support, while polls showed a narrowing general election fight.
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May 3, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli, Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - If Barack Obama's first presidential campaign was part cultural phenomenon, part national movement, his second may look a bit more modest - like a series of well-run Senate campaigns. Facing the reality of running as a bruised incumbent in a politically divided country, Obama's advisors say they are plotting a strategy that doesn't depend on a wave of support to lift the president's chances across the country. And it won't hinge on a single theme based on ideas such as "hope" and "change" that defined the campaign and captured the zeitgeist in 2008.
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