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College Prof. Claims Obama Group Tried to Use Her to 'Recruit' Students


"I don't shill for any interest group or party."

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an Organizing for Action event at the Mandarin Oriental hotel July 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images

Organizing for Action, the political nonprofit that grew out of the Obama presidential campaigns, sought to use at least one college professor to recruit students for publicly advocating on behalf of President Barack Obama's policies, one instructor claimed on Twitter.

Andrea C. Hatcher, a political science professor at Sewanee: The University of the South, made the claim Tuesday.

“Been contacted by ‪@OFA to 'recruit' students for them. Let me be clear : I don't shill for any interest group or party,” Hatcher said on Twitter, as reported by conservative site Twitchy.

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Her tweet prompted responses such as, “The best poli sci profs are the ones whose personal stances you're unsure of. I was blessed to have two great ones,” and "Really ‪@BarackObama Leave our kids alone!!!: RT: ‪@Prof_Hatcher Been contacted by ‪@OFA to 'recruit students for them' amazingly she refused."

Organizing for Action did not respond to phone and email requests for comment from TheBlaze about Hatcher's claim Wednesday.

Hatcher, who received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, wrote the 2010 book “U.S. Senate: Balancing Constraints. The website for Sewanee, a private Tennessee college, says her book “is the first comprehensive study of the office of U.S. Senate majority leader.”

She teaches courses on the presidency, legislative process, constitutional law, religion and politics in the U.S., and an introduction to American government, according to Sewanee, and is also the faculty adviser for Sewanee's delegation to the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature.



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