(Aaron Klein, WND) -- TEL AVIV – Jeremy Bird, the national field director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, specializes in the revolutionary tactics infamously pioneered by radical community organizer Saul Alinsky.
WND has found that Bird was schooled by a key figure in Alinksy’s organizing movement and that he has since been involved in scores of progressive political campaigns seeking to fundamentally transform the U.S.
Bird has played a central role in a major organizing effort attempting to make Texas a swing state; in a political super PAC created to draft Hillary Clinton to the 2016 ticket; and an international anti-gun effort founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among many others.
Now Bird is taking his wildly successful Chicago-esque, Alinsky brand of community organizing to Tel Aviv, where the field specialist has been making headlines for his paid consultancy to V15, an Israeli organization working to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the general elections here in March.
V15 hired Bird’s firm, 270 Strategies, to oversee the Israeli group’s field and organizing efforts.
Israeli political campaigns are relatively unsophisticated compared to the political organizing machines that were the hallmarks of Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential bids. Bird’s field tactics, if deployed here in full force, have the potential to revolutionize the Israeli left’s organizing abilities.
In a sit-down interview with WND at V15’s campaign headquarters last week, the group’s founder, Nimrod Dweck, conceded that Israelis lack organizing skills and that Bird and his firm have been central to divining V15’s field operations battle plan.
“Israelis don’t know how to run field (operations) as Americans (do), and that was the major contribution of Jeremy’s team,” Dweck said.
Bird has provided “very professional help about how to organize, manage people, how to go door-to-door, how to talk to people on the street.”
The left-leaning Haaretz daily in Israel described Bird as V15’s secret weapon” in its race to replace Netanyahu’s right-leaning government with a center-left coalition.
Bird did not reply to a request to be interviewed for this profile.
He is largely known for his 2012 campaign role, where he was central to building what he described as “the strongest grassroots organization in the history of American presidential politics.”
He explained Obama’s 2012 re-election infrastructure, aptly titled Organizing for America, had 631 offices in swing states alone, compared to challenger Mitt Romney’s 282.
According to Politico, Obama’s grassroots network — led by 270 Strategies’ Bird and Mitch Stewart — encompassed “10,000 neighborhood team leaders, 30,000 core team members and 2 million volunteers.”
Bird’s re-election team reportedly utilized publicly available information on voters, collecting as many as “500 data points on a single voter, from his reading habits to his opinions on the economy,” according to a 2013 Bloomberg profile.
Bird helped to pioneer what the campaign called “Airwolf,” named after a 1980s TV series that centered on a high-tech military helicopter that engaged in espionage and data collection efforts.
For example, Bloomberg documented, “If a voter cared about bringing home troops from Afghanistan, and also worried about the economy, the campaign sent that voter the name of an Obama supporter she would know and provided more information to try to move her to the president.
“It was auto-generated and coded, and came from campaign headquarters even though, to the recipient, it looked like it came from their peer,” added Bloomberg.