The Washington Times - April 2, 2009, 07:06PM



As President Obama inks international financial agreements at the G-20 Summit, the organization formerly known as his campaign is still pushing on his No. 1 domestic priority — the budget.


Organizing for America is going all out to push Obama supporters to call members of Congress, e-mailing out phone numbers of their representatives.


The site, still housed at, offers a sample script:


I’m calling today because we are in the grips of the worst economic crisis in generations — and President Obama needs the support of every member of Congress to create jobs, fix our economy and rebuild and renew America.

The President has proposed a budget that is honest, responsible and invests in the priorities we need to get our economy moving again and create jobs now and in the future, including:

  • Renewable energy to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil
  • Making Health Care more affordable for every American by cutting costs
  • Improving education so our children are prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century

Can I count on Rep./Sen. _________ to support the President’s plan?


So far, it seems the calls aren’t making a measurable dent.


During vote-a-rama today on budget amendments in the Senate, Republicans voted as expected and Democrats did the same.


(Carrie Dann framed this nicely in this piece earlier this week.)


But the OFA folks aren’t stopping their major effort, sending another e-mail today urging calls:

Congress will begin voting on President Obama’s budget today. It’s a big test not only for President Obama, but for our entire movement. Taking just a few minutes to call Congress now could make a major impact on this crucial vote.

Will you call your elected representatives to let them know you support a budget that tackles the long-term challenges to our prosperity?

According to our records, you live in zip code 20002, District of Columbia’s at-large congressional district.

Please pick up the phone today and ask Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton to pass President Obama’s budget.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-AL)
CALL: 202-225-xxxx

Click here when you’re done calling.

With this vote, we have a historic opportunity to create jobs, restore our economy, and invest in energy, health care, and education for our future.

Don’t let this important moment slip away.

After your call, please record your feedback here:



Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

P.S. — If you don’t live in DC-AL or think you have different members of Congress to call, you can look up your representatives’ contact information here:


 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times


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