WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is pushing back against suggestions that donors to a new group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda will have special access to the president.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says there's nothing new or unusual about Obama meeting with people and groups who support his agenda. He says administration officials may attend events for Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group being spun off from Obama's re-election campaign, but won't be raising money.
But Carney isn't specifically disputing reports that donors who give or raise $500,000 will be invited to quarterly meetings with Obama.
The group has said its purpose is to rally support for Obama's policy agenda — not to support or oppose candidates. It's accepting unlimited personal and corporate donations, but plans to disclose its donors.