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Can @BarackObama Stay “Non-Partisan”?

A new non-profit walks the line on Twitter. Will the President continue to sign tweets from the account?

President Obama’s former campaign was recently reformed as Organizing For Action (OFA), a non-profit under section 501©4 of the tax code like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS which the President has condemned for its ability to receive unlimited and undisclosed donations from corporations and PACs.

OFA has said it “is not a partisan political organization and will not engage in electoral activity with any partisan political organization.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney said in yesterday’s press conference it “is an independent organization that, as reported in the press, will engage in advocacy and grassroots mobilization activities around public policy issues.” He added “it will not be engaged in political campaign-related activities.”

But this leaves open the question whether President Obama will still sign tweets from the @BarackObama account, operated by the organization.

OFA often keeps tweets from the @BarackObama account a tone less partisan, many times tweeting lines from the President’s speech. Other times, however, the tweets stray into partisan attacks on Republicans, a contrast with the group’s supposed statement as “not a partisan political organization.”

“Worth a read and RT: President Obama’s plan to prevent severe budget cuts vs. Republican inaction,” a tweet Tuesday read.

“RT if you agree: It’s time for Republicans in Congress to protect middle-class families—not tax loopholes for millionaires,” said a similar tweet Monday.

A White House spokesman forwarded inquires to Organizing for Action whose spokeswoman did not return a request for comment about whether the President would continue to send personal tweets from the account in the future.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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