… “I was really depressed,” [Wendy] Abrams, who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Obama and the Democrats, said in a telephone interview. “People who had hoped he would do really great things walk away feeling that he’s not standing up against the fossil fuel industry”…
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said he worked closely with OFA executive director Jon Carson, whom he considers a friend, when Carson was director of public engagement at the White House.
Brune said he has repeatedly asked Carson to use OFA’s muscle to stop the pipeline, making the request in person, over the phone, in text messages and through e-mail.
“I’m having a contest with myself to see how many ways I can ask the same question,” Brune said in a phone interview. “He says OFA is supporting the president’s agenda, and the president hasn’t come out against this, so it’s not part of the agenda. The answer is always the same. They have great message discipline.”