(Reuters) President Barack Obama dismissed criticism on Wednesday of a grassroots group that his former campaign team set in motion to advance his agenda and rejected concerns that the organization could give high-dollar donors undue influence over government policies.
Obama spoke to 75 people who attended a dinner on behalf of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit that will use private donations to promote his second-term agenda. Some paid $50,000 to attend the group's two-day "founders summit" this week.
Good-government groups have feared the organization could be a vehicle for wealthy donors to gain access to the president and influence government policies and decisions.
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