The group born out of President Obama’s successful re-election campaign is turning its sites on New York’s campaign finance laws and create a system of public financing for political campaigns.

Organizing for Action announced today it would join the Fair Elections effort in the state alongside a host of groups that include Citizen Action and the Working Families Party.

In an email to OFA supporters, Lindsay Siler, the national director of issue campaigns, writes it is a “historic opportunity” to create a new campaign finance system in the state.

With Fair Elections reform, elected officials who spend time raising small-dollar contributions from their constituents will receive matching funds so that the playing field is leveled. This is about empowering real people in the political process and making sure that voters are the ones deciding an election — not the corporations, special-interest groups, or lobbyists,” she wrote.

“This is a historic opportunity to give New Yorkers the campaign finance system they want and deserve — one that OFA supporters in New York have said they want to be a part of. Governor Cuomo is leading a coalition of organizations across the state — battle-tested grassroots supporters like you are going to help them get the job done.

With Fair Elections reform, elected officials who spend time raising small-dollar contributions from their constituents will receive matching funds so that the playing field is leveled. This is about empowering real people in the political process and making sure that voters are the ones deciding an election — not the corporations, special-interest groups, or lobbyists.

This is a historic opportunity to give New Yorkers the campaign finance system they want and deserve — one that OFA supporters in New York have said they want to be a part of. Governor Cuomo is leading a coalition of organizations across the state — battle-tested grassroots supporters like you are going to help them get the job done.

The main benefit of OFA’s involvement in the campaign finance effort is the much vaunted email and targeted demographic lists assembled by the Obama campaign in 2012.

There’s also a benefit for OFA to get involved as well. The group has come under criticism for arranging a meeting with Obama and top-level donors to the group, while also making some liberals worried over its plans to raise unlimited cash in order to push its causes.

“Organizing for Action’s support brings unstoppable momentum to the campaign for Fair Elections for New York,” said Karen Scharff, Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York. “As our movement for publicly funded elections spreads across New York, we are confident that lawmakers will hear the voters and decide to transform our campaign finance system and restore our democracy during this legislative session.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo kicked off a new push for overhauling the state’s campaign finance laws earlier this month in a conference call with supporters. Cuomo backs a system of public financing with a matching contribution that is not necessarily paid with taxpayer dollars, but an off-budget revenue source.

Cuomo also plans to push for a new transparency law that requires donations above $500 be reported within 48 hours.

A conference call with supporters Wednesday night is planned, with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman expected to participate. The call is scheduled for 7 p.m.

An interesting side note here is that Cuomo’s new director of communications, Melissa DeRosa, was the state director in New York for Obama’s re-election campaign.