Obama to address advocacy group pushing his agenda

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:42 AM
Obama to address advocacy group pushing his agenda

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will speak on Wednesday night to a group created by his former campaign advisers to advocate for issues such as gun control and immigration reform, an official from the organization said.

The group Organizing for Action is holding a two-day event in Washington this week for donors who have given more than $50,000, which has raised criticism that the group is selling access to the president.

Obama's appearance before the group, Organizing for Action, was confirmed on background by the official.

"Any notion that there is a set price for a meeting with the president of the United States is just wrong," White House spokesman Jay Carney said last week.

The group has said it will not accept corporate donations and will voluntarily release the names of donors who give more than $250, even though U.S. law does not require non-profit organizations to disclose the information.

(Editing by David Lindsey and Bill Trott)