The Washington Times - March 11, 2013, 06:56AM

President Obama is scheduled to speak at a summit for Organizing for Action — the nonprofit offshoot of his presidential campaign arm — at a “Founders’ Summit” this week, Politico reports.

Other speakers scheduled to attend the summit are Jim Messina, the OFA director and manager of Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign, and David Plouffe, a former senior White House adviser.

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Following the 2012 elections, Mr. Messina turned the Obama for America campaign operation into the 501(c)4 nonprofit organization to build grassroots support for Mr. Obama’s second-term agenda on issues like the economy, immigration and gun control.

The White House may call OFA “independent,” but it’s a thinly veiled outgrowth of Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign. It was created immediately after the election by people such as Mr. Messina, Mr. Obama’s former campaign manager, to build grassroots support for the president’s second-term agenda. OFA’s executive director, Jon Carson, formerly ran the White House office of public engagement. Its spokeswoman, Katie Hogan, was a deputy press secretary for Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign.

As a 501(c)4 nonprofit group, OFA is not allowed to engage in partisan political activity. But such advocacy groups have considerable leeway to exert pressure on lawmakers on policy matters.