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OFA stumbles out of the gate

The NRA's website, which organizingforaction.net redirects to.
The NRA's website, which organizingforaction.net redirects to.

Rachel noted on the show on Monday that Organizing for Action sent out a message to supporters, urging them to contact members of Congress to express support for new gun laws. The problem: OFA's email arrived in inboxes late on a Friday afternoon, which tends to be an awful time to call Capitol Hill.

If that was a mild misstep, this is worse.

Derek Bovard, a 40-year-old computer technician in Castle Rock, Colo., was up watching Fox News early the morning of Jan. 18 when he saw the news that President Obama's advisors were launching a new advocacy group called Organizing for Action.

Bovard jumped on the computer and snapped up the domain name Organizingforaction.net. He then proceeded to configure the site so all hits are directed to the website for the National Rifle Assn..... Bovard, who paid about $10 to register the site, said he'd sell it for "somewhere around $10,000." [...]

Organizingforaction.com and Organizingforaction.org were both scooped up on Jan. 18 by Michael Deutsch, a registered Republican who lives in Wellington, Fla.

When Rachel asked Bill Burton about OFA's early missteps, he responded that the organization is led by "some of the smartest minds in politics who are over there putting this together."

That may very well be true, but it doesn't negate these early growing pains.