Friday, December 5, 2008

Obama team plans grassroots meetings for next weekend

As the pieces of Barack Obama’s White House organization begin to fall into place, so are the ways he plans to re-tool his campaign infrastructure to help support his presidential efforts.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe sent the president-elect’s campaign supporters an e-mail this week calling on them to gather for house meetings on December 13 and 14 to organize their support for the president-elect’s agenda, more than a month before he’s sworn in.

“You can connect with fellow supporters, make progress on the issues you care about, and help shape the future of your community and our country,” wrote Plouffe. “Learn what you can do now to support President-elect Obama's agenda for change and continue to make a difference in your community.”

The message contains a link to Obama’s Web site, where supporters can list their event and access a swarm of documents and suggestions, including a host guide; a “Plan for Change Form” to guide discussion; and more than a dozen flyers plugging Obama’s stands on the issues, along with a directive to limit flyers for any event to 500 or fewer to avoid having to register with the Federal Election Commission.

Obama supporters are urged to gather next weekend.

Obama supporters are urged to gather next weekend.

A sign-in sheet is included to record the names and contact information of all attendees, with instructions to upload the contents to the Web site or mail it in for addition to the massive database of campaign contact info.

The sample schedule is divided into discrete time segments: the suggested time frame for “Welcome from Host” is five minutes, with a bulleted breakdown of what this welcome should include. Supporters are encouraged to plan service events, develop partnerships with local organizations, schools and churches – and reach out to local media outlets.

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