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Obama for America holding conference on next steps

Former Obama for America staff and volunteers will hold a "Campaign Legacy Conference" in Washington and on the Web during inauguration weekend to determine what's next for the powerful organization they developed during two presidential runs.

Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced the conference Thursday in an e-mail to supporters: 

Issues like immigration, climate change, and gun violence will be debated over these next four years, and President Obama is ready to take them on -- but he needs us by his side. Our goal is to help him get things done, but also to help change how things get done in Washington in the first place.


Over inauguration weekend, you'll have a chance to participate in a discussion about how we'll work together to support our president and address the issues we all care about. Some volunteers and staff will be gathering in Washington, D.C., and will be joined online by thousands more supporters nationwide for the Obama Campaign Legacy Conference, where we'll firm up the structure and leadership of the new organization.

Almost as soon as Obama's last political campaign ended, questions were raised about how OFA would use their sophisticated grass-roots infrastructure, massive voter database and other resources. The campaign has thus far resisted appeals from other Democrats who would like access to it for future candidates' benefit.

In the meantime OFA is conducting a survey to supporters for feedback on the next steps and used the e-mail list to send updates on the fiscal cliff negotiations and inauguration activities.

CNN reported Wednesday that campaign officials were examining their options for how to restructure the organization to help support the administration's goals. Possibilities included converting it to a 501c4 or a super PAC. The report said Messina will remain at the helm of the organization.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.



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