Obama group airing TV ad on minimum wage hike

By Josh Lederman

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 3 2014 1:19 p.m. MST

President Barack Obama walks with Ricky Banner, assistant general manager, right, and Emile (Ray) Quevedo, floor employee, at a Costco store in Lanham, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, before he spoke about raising the minimum wage. A group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda is airing a new television ad bolstering his call for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — A group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda is airing a new television ad bolstering his call for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Organizing for Action was formed from the remnants of Obama's re-election campaign. The group operates as a nonprofit and raised more than $26 million last year.

The ad shows Americans at work and touts the jobs that have been created during the economic recovery. A narrator says it's still harder than it should be to raise a family and save for retirement in the U.S. A narrator urges Congress to give America a well-deserved raise.

Organizing for Action isn't disclosing exactly how much it's spending on the ad but says it's more than $100,000. The ad will air on national cable TV networks.

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