MoveOn.org is a left-leaning group of organizations that claims 5 million members in the USA.
MoveOn is made up of the following pieces:
- MoveOn.org Civic Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization (formerly known just as MoveOn.org). It primarily focuses on education and advocacy on national issues. It is entirely funded by individuals.
- MoveOn.org Political Action, a federal PAC (formerly known as MoveOn PAC). It mobilizes people across the country to fight battles in Congress and help elect candidates who reflect MoveOn's values. It is entirely funded by individuals.
Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, started MoveOn.org Civic Action. They launched an online petition to "Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation" on September 18th 1998. Hundreds of thousands of individuals signed it and the reaction sparked the idea for MoveOn.org.
MoveOn PAC was formed in 1998 as a political action committee so citizens could influence congressional elections outcomes. It is called MoveOn.org Political Action and its mission is to provide individuals an opportunity to aggregate their contributions with others.
Eli Pariser, a Maine native and recent graduate of Simon's Rock College of Bard, founded the MoveOn Peace campaign. Following September 11th, 2001, he launched an online petition calling for a restrained and multi-lateral response to the attacks and more than half a million people signed it. Eli is now MoveOn.org Political Action’s Executive Director.
Campaign against DeLay
After Ronnie Earle brought the case against Tom DeLay in 2004, MoveOn.org took on their role in the fight against the former Republican House Majority Leader. They doctored photos of DeLay in handcuffs for a commercial, for instance.
They also launched the campaign, Stop Corruption Now, to gain monetary support for their crusade against corruption in Congress, citing DeLay as one of the greatest offenders. They also launched the more specific, Fire Tom DeLay. The goal was to top 500,000 petition signers, but they only got 45% of the goal.