WASHINGTON — Giving to President Barack Obama's advocacy arm took a dip in the last three months, according to a fundraising summary Organizing for Action released Friday.
The nonprofit group formed from the remnants of the president's re-election bid collected almost $3.9 million in April, May and June, down from almost $5.9 million it raised in the first three months of this year. The drop in fundraising comes as the group scaled back its courtship of high-dollar donors and dismissed roughly half of its staff.
The average donor handed over $38, the group reported.
Former Obama campaign officials founded OFA early in Obama's second term, seeking to transform his powerful political organization into a grassroots group that could advance his agenda. The group has held thousands of events on issues like gun control and same-sex marriage, and has aired TV ads backing Obama on health care and the economy.
OFA raised more than $30 million in the 15 months after Obama's re-election success but struggled to build support for Obama priorities. Earlier this year cut its paid staff in half and shifted its focus. It now focuses on training young activists.
"Thanks to the work of our volunteers and supporters, OFA is training the next generation of progressive organizers and amplifying the voices of Americans across the country who want to see action taken in Washington to make progress on the issues they care about," OFA spokesman Ben Finkenbinder said.
Technically a nonprofit, OFA is not working to directly influence this year's elections.