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Jim Clyburn: Obama's campaign organization has gone missing

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President Obama isn't doing enough to get House Democrats elected, according to Rep. Jim Clyburn who said Obama needs to stop fundraising and start activating his campaign organization in key districts.

"No, they aren't doing everything," Clyburn said during a "Morning Joe" appearance. "There's a lot of fundraising going on. I do not believe that fundraising will be key in November, I think the organization will be key. And if we can get the White House to come in, or at least the president's political operations, to help us at the state and local levels the way they did in Ohio and Florida -- the mechanisms they put in place were just great."

Asked if that's "happening now," the South Carolina Democrat replied "I don't think so."

Organizing for Action was supposed to strike fear in House Republicans and possibly deliver Obama a unified Democratic Congress for the last two years of his presidency.

"[Republicans] fear the massive voter database that Obama has built since his 2008 run — now in OFA's hands — will be deployed on House Democrats' behalf," Politico's Alex Isenstadt reported in April 2013. "Most troubling of all, Republicans say, is that OFA will use its unlimited donations to keep Democratic voters across the country engaged and motivated to go to the polls. During the last midterm election, when the GOP seized control of the House, Republicans benefited from low Democratic turnout."

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