President Barack Obama's reelection campaign will morph into a nonprofit advocacy group to promote his second term agenda, news reports say.
The new organization, called Organizing for Action, will be a nonprofit, tax-exempt group that can accept unlimited donations without having to disclose its donors. The group is set up in the same way as Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, which Democrats bashed as "dark money groups" during the 2012 presidential campaign.
The decision could be criticized for going against the president's stated desire for more transparency. But Obama's group plans to reveal its donors voluntarily. It will accept money only from individuals and corporations and not lobbyists or political action committiees, NBC reports.
Setting the group up as a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt advocacy group allows members to meet and coordinate with members of the White House, which it couldn't do as a super-PAC.