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By Sean Higgins
August 2009

Going Viral
By Byron York
April 7, 2005

The Shadow Party: Part II
By David Horowitz and Richard Poe
October 7, 2004

MoveOn.org Backgrounder

The Politics of Peace: What's Behind the Anti-War Movement?
By John Tierney
March 2005

When MoveOn Says "Jump," Hill Dems Ask "How High?"
By National Republican Senatorial Committee
June 25, 2005

Co-Opted Competition
By Howard Rich
October 28, 2009

MoveOn.org Is Trying to Mobilize Activists to Attend Town Hall Meetings to Push for ‘Public Option’ Health Care
By Penny Starr
August 13, 2009

Who's Funding the Obamacare Campaign?
By Michelle Malkin
June 24, 2009

MoveOn Org Civic Action
By Ron Arnold
April 13, 2009

Doctrine Air Democracy
By The Prowler
February 16, 2009

Liberal Group Uses Limbaugh’s Name to Press Support for Stimulus
By Susan Jones
February 4, 2009

Democrats Sink to New Low in Ohio Legislative Race
By Bobby Eberle
October 27, 2008

Iraq War Vet’s Service Attacked in Ohio Campaign
By Joel Mowbray
October 27, 2008

MoveOn’s Dubious Figures on Senate Race Spending by Conservatives
By Matthew Vadum
October 9, 2008

MoveOn.org Uses Al Gore to Beg for Money
By Matthew Vadum
September 18, 2008

Democratic Platform's Hidden Soros Slush Fund
By Michelle Malkin
August 20, 2008

‘Drill’ Meets ‘Don’t Drill’ on Capitol Hill
By Josiah Ryan
August 7, 2008

MoveOn.org’s Anti-Oil Hissyfit
By Matthew Vadum
August 7, 2008

Obama Supporters for $10 Gas
By Amanda Carpenter
August 6, 2008

MoveOn Targets McCain on Offshore Drilling and ‘Obscene’ Oil Profits
By Pete Winn
August 4, 2008

A Call to Selfishness
By Libby Sternberg
June 25, 2008

Liberal Political Ad Targets McCain on Iraq War
By Jim Kuhnhenn
June 17, 2008

Liberals Defend the Candidates by Attacking the Debate Moderators
By Susan Jones
April 18, 2008

Liberal Group Urges Media to Provide Balanced Coverage
By Josiah Ryan
March 28, 2008

Oliver Stone, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Judge MoveOn Obama Ads
By James Hirsen
March 18, 2008

MoveOn, Liberals, and Edwards Unite to End Iraq War
By Josiah Ryan
February 26, 2008

Move On, Obama
By Brent Bozell III
February 6, 2008

MoveOn.Org Makes Its First-Ever Primary Endorsement
By Susan Jones
February 4, 2008

MoveOn Targets Hillary and Obama
By Amanda Carpenter
December 10, 2007

New Questions Raised on Google, MoveOn.org Relationship
By Robert Cox
October 25, 2007

Liberal Group Warns of War with Iran
By Susan Jones
October 25, 2007

How America Treats Its Military
By Chuck Colson
October 24, 2007

Hillary Talks about 'It'
By Daniel Henninger
October 11, 2007

MoveOn, SitDown and ShutUp
By James Taranto
October 11, 2007

MoveOn Bullies Crack Down on Critics
By Michelle Malkin
October 3, 2007

The New York Times' Left-Wing Discount
By Dinesh D'Souza
October 1, 2007

MoveOn's Misfire
By Nathan Tabor
September 27, 2007

Sauce for the Times
By George Will
September 26, 2007

The MoveOn Moment Passes
By Jonathan Gurwitz
September 25, 2007

MoveOn.org Will Pay Full Price for Discounted Ad
By Susan Jones
September 24, 2007

Hillary Clinton Refuses to Cross MoveOn.Org
By Susan Jones
September 21, 2007

Clinton Sides With MoveOn.org in Senate Vote, Obama Ducks
By Amanda Carpenter
September 20, 2007

Democrats Framing the 'Betrayal' Argument
By Susan Jones
September 20, 2007

'General Betray Us' Ad Violated Election Law, Group Says
By Randy Hall
September 20, 2007

The Attacks on Gen. Petraeus
By William Rusher
September 20, 2007

Afraid to Tell-off Moveon
By Jeff Jacoby
September 20, 2007

MoveOn.org: Not Exactly Fair And Balanced
By Michael P. Tremoglie
September 19, 2007

Text of Letter Requesting Probe of NY Times' 'Possible In-Kind Political Contribution'
By Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.)
September 19, 2007

MoveOn.org Makes Hollywood Connection
By James Hirsen
September 18, 2007

The Party of George Soros
By David Limbaugh
September 18, 2007

Big Media Welfare
By William Wilson
September 18, 2007

Clinton and Obama on the Same Page as MoveOn.org
By Jed Babbin
September 17, 2007

When Decency Goes AWOL
By Suzanne Fields
September 17, 2007

All the News Fit for the Bird Cage
By Burt Prelutsky
September 17, 2007

Iraq War Backers Seek Same Ad Rate as MoveOn.org
By Randy Hall
September 14, 2007

Petraeus Responds to MoveOn.org
By Amanda Carpenter
September 12, 2007

NYT Advertisement: “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?”
By Amanda Carpenter
September 10, 2007

Liberals Go After Fox News Advertisers
By NewsMax.com
July 27, 2007

Who's Left?
By Jed Babbin
July 23, 2007

Edwards Wins MoveOn.org's 'Global Warming' Poll
By Nathan Burchfiel
July 11, 2007

Al Gore's Big Day Just Got Bigger
By Susan Jones
July 6, 2007

Universal Health Care the 'Ultimate Prize' for Liberals
By Nathan Burchfiel
June 19, 2007

Anti-War Group Offers Money for Activism in Summer Campaign
By Fred Lucas
May 16, 2007

MoveOn.org's Veterans Affiliate
By Michael Reagan
May 11, 2007

Liberal Group Brings Democratic Hopefuls Into 1,000 Living Rooms
By Payton Hoegh
April 11, 2007

Fox and Hounds
By Wall Street Journal
April 10, 2007

MoveOn in the Right Direction
By Saul Singer
March 12, 2007

The Woman in the Middle
By Juliet Eilperin and Michael Grunwald
February 21, 2007

MoveOn Rallies to Denounce Bush's 'Outrageous Plan'
By Ivy J. Sellers
January 11, 2007

Two, Four, Six, Eight -- They Don't Want to Escalate!
By Susan Jones
January 5, 2007

Soros' MoveOn Accuses Jews of Dual Loyalties
By American Thinker
October 26, 2006

MoveOn.org Urges People to Skip Work on Election Day
By Monisha Bansal
October 23, 2006

Murtha Tells MoveOn Members: 'Screw' Republicans
By Randy Hall
October 13, 2006

Liberals Depending on Phone Calls to Win in November
By Susan Jones
September 6, 2006

Liberal Group Coming to Murtha's Defense
By Nathan Burchfiel
August 10, 2006

The Shadow Party Defeats Lieberman
By Ben Johnson
August 9, 2006

Methodists for MoveOn
By Mark D. Tooley
August 4, 2006

Liberal Group Plans 'Visibility Campaigns'
By Susan Jones
July 12, 2006

A Net Loser
Wall Street Journal
June 24, 2006

Liberals Want Lawmakers to Give Up Donations From 'Big Oil'
By Susan Jones
June 20, 2006

You Got Googled
By Bob Parks
May 29, 2006

MoveOn's Politics of Deception
By Robert Stacy McCain
May 10, 2006

Petition Says, 'Don't Nuke Iran'
By Susan Jones
April 13, 2006

Liberals Demand Congressional Probe of NSA Wiretap Program
By Susan Jones
February 20, 2006

Liberal Group May Target Conservative Democrats
By Susan Jones
February 15, 2006

MoveOn Ready to Attack 'Right-Wing' Dems
By Ivy J. Sellers
February 14, 2006

Liberals Petition for Special Prosecutor in NSA Spy Case
By Susan Jones
January 19, 2006

MoveOn Plans D.C. Protest of Popular Conservative Meeting
By Robert B. Bluey
January 17, 2006

MoveOn.org Restores Ad That Misidentifies 'US' Troops
By Randy Hall
December 1, 2005

MoveOn Forming a New Organizing Group
By MoveOn.org and Zack Exley
November 2005

Judge in DeLay Case Backed MoveOn.org
By Carl Limbacher
October 19, 2005

Unanswered Questions
By Joel Mowbray
October 4, 2005

The Hate-America, Hate-Roberts Left
By Jacob Laksin
July 27, 2005

MoveOn's Two-Front War
By Byron York
July 26, 2005

Rove Was Right About MoveOn
By Byron York
June 24, 2005

MoveOn.org's Anti-Catholic Paranoia
By Don Feder
May 30, 2005

Al Gore: Time to MoveOn
By Lowell Ponte
April 28, 2005

MoveOn: “We Bought” the Democratic Party
By Ben Johnson
December 10, 2004

Counsels of Cowardice and Defeat
By David Horowitz
October 25, 2004

Rocking the Vote
By Lowell Ponte
October 7, 2004

Zack Exley: Kerry’s Toxic Web Spider
By Lowell Ponte
August 31, 2004

No Lefty Left Behind
By David Hogberg
August 17, 2004

Hollywood Hate Group Assaults Bush
By Ben Johnson
July 12, 2004

Kerry’s New Hate-America Man
By Shawn Macomber
April 8, 2004

MoveOn.org Spreads the Big Lie
By Michael Tremoglie
March 12, 2004

MoveOn Freudian Nazi Ad
By Tammy Bruce
January 6, 2004

He’ll Say Anything to Get Back
By Lowell Ponte
August 27, 2003

Foundation Cash Funds Antiwar Movement
By Julia Duin
April 3, 2003


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  • Web-based network of more than 3.2 million online activists 
  • Raises money for Democrat candidates through rock concerts and other events; creates political advertisements; sponsors get-out-the-vote drives 


MoveOn is a Web-based, grassroots political network that organizes "electronic advocacy groups" of online activists around specific issues; raises money for Democrat candidates through rock concerts and other entertainment events; generates political ads; and wins young recruits through its appeal to the Net-savvy, MTV subculture.

Launched on September 22, 1998, MoveOn took its name from a favorite buzz phrase of Clinton supporters at the time. During the continuing fallout of the President’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, Jerry M. Brady and Marty Trillhaase of the Idaho Falls Post Register said,  "The government of this nation -- and its ability to serve the best interests of the people -- has been damaged. It's time to move on." The phrase "It's time to move on" became the mantra of White House spokesmen, who repeated it on talk shows from coast to coast.

High-tech entrepreneur Wesley Boyd and his wife Joan Blades, who had earned a fortune with their software company Berkeley Systems, Inc., were angered by the Clinton impeachment. They wrote a one-sentence petition and e-mailed it to friends, who then e-mailed it to others in chain-letter fashion. It said, "Censure the president and move on to pressing issues facing the nation." At the same time, Boyd and Blades launched MoveOn.org, where people could sign a pro-Clinton petition electronically. Some 100,000 supporters registered in the first week. On October 23, 1999 -- a month after MoveOn's launch -- Boyd and Blades rolled out MoveOn PAC, a federal political action committee designed to take political contributions from MoveOn's fast-growing membership. MoveOn PAC raised millions of dollars for Democrat candidates in the elections of 1998 and thereafter. 

Today, MoveOn boasts an e-mail list of more than 3.2 million members. Its ten full-time staffers work from home, staying in touch via e-mail, instant messaging and weekly conference calls.

MoveOn uses its fundraising clout to push the Democratic Party to the left. This game plan was enunciated most clearly in an e-mail that MoveOn PAC Director Eli Pariser broadcast to the group's financial supporters on December 9, 2004. Regarding MoveOn's role in the Democratic Party, Pariser wrote, "For years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base. But we can't afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers. In the last year, grass-roots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the party doesn't need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it's our party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back."

More than a website, MoveOn.org is a movement tailored to persuade young people to support mainstream Democrats. Regarding MoveOn's success at harnessing popular entertainment to the Democrat cause, whether in the form of rock-concert fundraisers or anti-President Bush ads with an MTV edge, the LA Weekly's Brendan Bernhard concludes, "[I]t's all part of a giant, perhaps unprecedented effort by the country's intellectual and artistic communities to unseat the conspicuously unintellectual, inartistic man in the Oval Office." 

In 2002, Boyd and Blades hired 32-year-old Zack Exley as MoveOn's Organizing Director. A computer programmer and Web designer by trade, Exley had gained national attention during the 2000 campaign when he launched GWBush.com, a website featuring doctored photographs portraying candidate Bush as a drug addict. A hardened activist of the extreme Left, Exley brought MoveOn into the antiwar movement. One of his ads that appeared in The New York Times labeled President Bush "a misleader" who had lied to the public about Iraq's weapons programs. Under Exley's leadership, MoveOn also became a member organization of United for Peace and Justice and the Win Without War anti-war coalitions. Exley left MoveOn in April 2004 to become Director of Online Communications and Online Organizing for the Kerry-Edwards campaign.

On April 17, 2004, MoveOn held a national "Bake Sale for Democracy," in which members conducted more than 1,000 bake sales around the country, raising $750,000 in a single day for the organization's anti-Bush campaign. When a Republican redistricting plan threatened Democrat incumbents in the Texas state senate in May 2003, an appeal from MoveOn brought in $1 million in contributions in two days, to support the beleaguered Democrats.

MoveOn has received financial support from numerous leftist organizations, including the Compton Foundation, George Soros's Open Society Institute, the Shefa Fund, the Stern Family Fund, the Steven and Michelle Kirsch Foundation, and the Tides Foundation. Following a September 17, 2003 meeting between Soros and Boyd in New York, Soros and his associates gave nearly $6.2 million to MoveOn over a period of six months. The contributions included $2.5 million from George Soros personally; $2.5 million from Peter B. Lewis of Progressive Insurance; $971,427 from Stephen Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment; $100,000 from Benson & Hedges tobacco heir Lewis Cullman; and $101,000 from Soros' 34-year-old son Jonathan Soros, an attorney and financier recently promoted to deputy manager of Soros Fund Management LLC.

Jonathan Soros has become personally involved with MoveOn.org's activities. In December 2003, he collaborated with techno-rocker Moby to organize "Bush in 30 Seconds," an online contest for the best 30-second anti-Bush TV ad.

As of 2006, MoveOn's campaigns included the following:

a) 2006 Plan for Victory: "Democratic control of Congress will mean we can finally move forward with big ideas like health care for all Americans or energy independence, and make sure the troops get home safely and soon from Iraq."

b) Restore the Rule of Law: "President Bush admitted to personally authorizing thousands of allegedly illegal wiretaps, and he doesn't plan to stop. In response to this historic abuse of power, which threatens the very core of our Constitution, we've mounted a petition to 'Restore the Rule of Law.'"

c) Get Out of Iraq in 2006: This campaign "circulat[ed] a petition calling on Congress to insist on an exit strategy to bring the troops home in 2006."

d) Operation Democracy: This project sought to "Fight the Right and Elect Progressives" with "a national network of neighborhood teams to take our progressive message to every town in the country." It focused on "critical issues like Supreme Court nominees, Social Security and the war in Iraq."

At the March 2008 “Take Back America” conference sponsored by Campaign for America's Future (CAF), MoveOn joined CAF and five additional leftist organizations in announcing plans for “the most expensive [$350 million] mobilization in history this election season.” The initiative focused on voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote drives. Other members of the coalition included ACORN, the AFL-CIO, the National Council of La Raza, Rock the Vote, and the Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund.

MoveOn endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race. In a massive effort aimed at pushing Obama to victory, MoveOn dispatched approximately a million volunteers to work on his campaign nationwide -- 600,000 in battleground states and 400,000 in non-battleground states. In addition, MoveOn registered more than 500,000 young Obama supporters to vote in battleground states, while adding a million young people to its member rolls during the summer of 2008 and mobilizing them. All told, MoveOn and its members contributed more than $58 million directly to the Obama campaign, while raising and spending at least another $30 million in independent election efforts on behalf of other Democrats across the United States.

Shortly after Republican Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, MoveOn -- along with the ANSWER Coalition and Socialist Alternative -- played a major role in orchestrating massive, sometimes violent, anti-Trump protests in cities all across the United States. The day after the election, MoveOn issued a press release that said: "Tonight, thousands of Americans will come together at hundreds of peaceful gatherings in cities and towns across the nation, including outside the White House, following the results of Tuesday’s presidential election. The gatherings – organized by MoveOn.org and allies – will affirm a continued rejection of Donald Trump’s bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and misogyny and demonstrate our resolve to fight together for the America we still believe is possible." Within two hours of the call-to-action, MoveOn members had organized more than 200 protests nationwide. 


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