Organizing for Action, the nonprofit group formed from the vestiges of President Obama’s campaign apparatus, announced today that it has raised over $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2013.
The group emailed supporters this morning to say that 109,582 donors have given an average of $44 in the group’s first months of existence. ABC News confirmed the total with OFA.
That total doesn’t come close to the funds raised by Obama as a candidate. In 2011 and 2012, Obama’s campaign raised over $315 million from donors. Nor does it come close to the Democratic National Committee, which raised nearly $7.7 million in January and February. But it’s not terrible for just after an election year: President Obama’s campaign didn’t net any money in contributions in the first quarter of 2009 after he first won office. Instead, it refunded over $90,000 to donors.
OFA has gone through multiple incarnations.
It began as Obama for America, the president’s 2008 campaign. It then became Organizing for America, as Obama’s campaign apparatus–and massive list of email addresses for supporters and donors–were folded into the Democratic National Committee under the new name. Its goal was to generate grassroots activism around Obama’s legislative initiatives, maintaining the popular momentum around his candidacy.
In January, first lady Michelle Obama announced in a video that the campaign would become an independent nonprofit, Organizing for Action, calling it “the next phase in our movement for change.” Dedicated to supporting Obama’s policies, the group on Thursday announced pro-gun-control rallies across the country, co-organized with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.