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New York Times: In Emphasis on Economy, Obama Looks to History

New York Times -January 12, 2009

But Mr. Obama’s team will still be able to call on Washington’s partisan political machinery if necessary.

Brad Woodhouse, who was a senior Democratic Party strategist in the campaign, has assembled a group of 25 organizations — including unions like the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and grass-roots groups like MoveOn.org and Acorn — to build public and Congressional support for Mr. Obama’s economic package.

Mr. Woodhouse said the group was in the process of raising money for television advertisements that would pressure local lawmakers to support the plan. He said he had consulted with several of Mr. Obama’s senior strategists.

“We’re doing this with the notion,” Mr. Woodhouse said, “that if we can help in any way, even at the margins, to make this any easier on Obama, it will preserve some of his political capital.”