Progressive Group Warns Obama Admin Wants People To ‘Work For Free’

September 7, 2011 5:10 a.m.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee — which has been a thorn in President Obama’s left side for a while now — is taking some extremely tough shots at Obama’s new jobs plan before it has even been announced.

Starting today, web browsers will be seeing ads like these:

The ad is based on this story from the American Prospect, which says that Georgia Works — a voluntary state-run job training program that “allows businesses to train jobless participants for eight weeks without having to pay them,” according to the Huffington Post — could play a part in Obama’s jobs plan.

The PCCC is incensed by the idea and is taking aim at the man they deem responsible, Obama economic adviser Jason Furman.

Furman’s been a progressive punching bag since he joined the Obama campaign back in 2008. Now the PCCC is making him the face of their frustration with Obama’s jobs agenda.

The PCCC aren’t the only ones coming at Obama from his left flank in advance of the big speech on jobs. As Brian Beutler reported last night, “The chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and of the three caucuses of black, Hispanic and Asian members of the House” sent a letter to Obama calling for a meeting and seeking “to make sure that Obama keeps his eye on the jobs crisis, which has disproportionately hit minority groups.”

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