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Obamacare navigator hiring 2014 political campaign team

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Are you good at running campaigns? If so, one of the Obamacare navigators in New York might have a job for you through the 2014 midterms.

Restaurant Opportunities Center-United wants to raise the minimum wage, so the organization is hiring someone to "coordinate 4-5 state-based campaigns in advance of congressional midterm campaigns that would 1) pass state minimum wage initiatives; 2) create leverage over elected in states through earned media and actions; 3) build ROC's base and support, including conducting voter contact and coalition building," according to a job posting at Idealist.

The ideal person for the job would have "3-plus years of get-out-the-vote experience," according to the job posting.

ROC-United received $180,000 in taxpayer funding in 2010. It's technically a nonprofit, but it's not hard to identify the organization's liberal political leanings.

The national group has also received more than 130 grants worth in excess of $6.3 million from major liberal foundations, including the Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellog Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation, according to foundationsearch.com.

At least 67 grants worth more than $4.4 million have been given by the same foundations to the founding chapter of ROC-United, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York.

ROC-NY is a navigator for the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange. And AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka praised the organization for its success working as a proxy for labor groups.

"The Restaurant Opportunity Center has built a dynamic and expanding advocacy organization in an industry where 40 percent of the workers earn the minimum wage or less - I am delighted that Saru Jayaraman is also here to talk about the work of ROC -- and that last week she moderated one of eight online conversations being hosted by the AFL-CIO about the challenges facing working people," Trumka said during a June 2013 speech.

Jayaraman attended a "strategy meeting at the White House" on June 7, according to another ROC official.

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