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People-Powered Politics 2008 POST-ELECTION REPORT


Introduction In September of 1998, Wes Boyd and Joan Blades started MoveOn with just $89.95 and one big idea: use technology to bring people back into American politics. It seemed crazy at the time, but since then, MoveOn has grown to 4.5 million strong and the technology we helped to pioneer is now commonplace among campaigns. And in 2008, American politics is more people-powered than it has ever been.

a dedication to on-the-ground organizing, the Obama campaign built an infrastructure early on which made so many Americans, and most of our members, excited to get involved. MoveOn members made it clear from early 2007 that electing a progressive president was our top priority. After our members endorsed Obama early in the primaries, we launched the largest volunteer mobilization in MoveOn’s history to help Obama secure the nomination.

Technology has created more direct communication between constituents and their elected officials, allowed groups of small donors to compete with the influence of big money in Washington, and helped millions to get involved and make a difference in the most critical election in modern history. While we have a lot of work still to do to level the playing field, we’ve taken dramatic steps in the right direction. And nothing proves the power of this principle better than Barack Obama’s campaign for President. With an incredible grasp of technology and

As we reached the general election, MoveOn members’ participation in the campaign skyrocketed. We contributed almost 1 million volunteers to Obama’s campaign who together worked more than 20.8 million hours to put Obama in the White House. From virtual phone banks to house parties, the organizing tactics we helped to pioneer in the last few election cycles

Young people get out the vote for Barack Obama in record numbers.

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have been adopted broadly, and MoveOn members were among the most skilled veterans at using these tools to help elect Obama.

MoveOn didn’t do this alone, of course. From SEIU to Brave New Films to VoteVets, we were honored to work with and alongside dozens of organizations to build a progressive infrastructure to help Obama make the change Americans want to see.

MoveOn pioneered online giving in 1999, and online smalldonor cultivation has been a key part of our strategy ever since. So, we see the enthusiasm and participation from small donors in this year’s election as an indication of both an inspiring candidate and a campaign ethic dedicated to giving ordinary people power on- and off-line.

Bottom line, 2008 has seen the greatest democratization of American politics in a generation – and regardless of where on the political spectrum you stand, that’s a very good, very healthy thing.

All told this election cycle, MoveOn members: • Delivered over 933,800 volunteers and over $88,000,000 for Barack Obama.

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• Helped to mobilize young folks, adding more than 1 million people in Generation Obama to the MoveOn ranks, registering nearly half a million with our friends at Progressive Future, and turning them out in battleground states.

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• Helped Democrats win at least six Senate seats [three races are still outstanding at the time of this report] with almost $3,854,978.92 in small donor contributions, ads, and direct mail in key Senate states.

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Contributions under $200 skyrocketed this election cycle, showing a renewed engagement in the political process from Americans all over the country.

• Put North Carolina over the top, raising and spending $3,073,503.30 to run ads, support Kay Hagan, and register new voters in the state.

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Electing Barack Obama

In just a few years, the members of MoveOn have once again demonstrated that real change comes not from the topdown, but from the bottom-up. From their principled opposition to the Iraq war – a war I also opposed from the start –

to their strong support for a number of progressive causes, MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come

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together in a grassroots movement for change. I thank them for their support and look forward to working with their members in the weeks and months ahead.

– Senator Barack Obama, February 1st, 2008 On the day of MoveOn’s endorsement of Obama for President

MoveOn members pulled out all the stops to elect Barack Obama, donating over $88,000,000 and volunteering over 20,841,507 hours.

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MoveOn has been a pioneer in “online-to-offline organizing” – using email and the web to help folks make an impact in their neighborhoods. This cycle, MoveOn members in battleground states received daily emails alerting them to specific needs at their local Obama office, along with hand-written updates from local volunteer leaders. These regular and distributed communications tripled our recruitment rates over the course of the campaign and turned out almost one million MoveOn members to canvass, phone bank and register voters for Obama over the course of the campaign.

like Ohio and Virginia. MoveOn members also made 557,000 recruitment calls from home on our easy-to-use web tool – including Richard S., of Mill Valley, CA, who made an astounding 5,431 recruitment calls!

Recruitment engine: With lots of enthusiastic members in “safe” states, we came up with a unique solution to the ever increasing need for volunteers in the key battleground states. Members in states such as Texas and Vermont became a “recruitment engine,” calling every single MoveOn member in battleground states to get them to their local Obama office.

Working directly with the Obama campaign: In a firstever for MoveOn, our members joined forces with the Obama field campaign to mobilize voters across all 50 states. Our members brought years of field experience to the Obama team, filling their ranks with veteran organizers and enthusiastic volunteers. We turned out over 250,000 volunteers directly through our website to the campaign. All told, almost a million MoveOn members participated in the campaign, far out-doing our participation in 2004.

Reaching out across the country: With MoveOn’s small staff, running traditional campaign phone banks simply wasn’t an option. But the technology we pioneered in 2006 for our “Call for Change” program provided the solution. MoveOn members made 2.14 million calls at decentralized “phone parties” where neighborhood progressives would gather, cell phones in hand, and call through lists of MoveOn members in battleground states 4


total volunteers

total hours

final week hours

Battleground States

428,133

9,555,425

2,587,410

Non-Battleground-States

505,675

11,286,082

3,056,037

Grand Total

933,808

20,841,507

5,643,447

Total participation of MoveOn members in Obama campaign. Thomas Hoey • Rev. J. Howard Cherry • Donald H. Groce • Anne Atwood • Louis Aledort • Anne M. Miller • Mike Rhoads • Holly Brians Ragusa • Traci McGrath • Scott Southard • Windy Charles • Kelley Hewitt • Michael Dwinnell • Carrie Meyer • Patricia Crowley • Andrew J. Jacobsen • Michael Droske • Bill Williamson • Matthew C. Lucero • John Dixon • Charlie Laster • Frank Goetzke • Duane J. Arens, Jr. • Michael Welke • Jesse White • Jesse Coughran • Laurie Brassard • Jodi Stemple • Matthew Mogen • Karen A Vasquez • Joleen Schultz • Richasu Young • Kathy Armstrong • Brian Southard • Lashanda Crout • Ann Reynolds • Michael Sommer • David Milazzo • Paul Eichenberger • Todd Smith • Hazel Van Zandt • Tim Paul Tomkinson • Penny Connell • Albina Kozlowska • Arthur Kaltenborn • Mitchell Grant • Oliver Jordan Abbott • Mike Knox • Steve Bohinc • Rebecca Saunders • Anne B. Hurley • Susie Vaks • Mark Zimmerman • Michael G. Smith • Lisa Petersen • Jeremy Pagel • Iris V. Anderson • Linda Warschoff • Allyson Lipkin • Michele Samelson • Holly Paulson • Paul Schwartzmyer • David W. Lauder • Michele Angel • Robert Rigler • Stephen Montgomery Graham • Shelby Sanchez • Libbey Paul • Karen S. Kennedy • Jaana Myllyluoma • Denise Kachur • Andrea Juno • Daniel J. Grothaus • Mark Barabasz • David P. Liebowitz • John Scott • Ian Corbett • Ruth Gramolini • Paul Donnellon • Brian Kelly • Allyn Breech • Tom Morin • Denise McCurry • Christine Sarver • Zora DeGrandpre, ND • Elliot Quint • Daniel Goldstein • Phil Golembiewski • Sara Crosby • Deborah Carrara • Michelle Bowdle • Robi Zocher • Michael Stanley • Sharyn Grobman Korwin • Jared Richardson • Dr. Donna Hebbeler • John Lloyd-Owen, III • Brad Schreiber • Aileen Granadosin • Diane Berger • Joan Sorkin • Sandra Slater • Stephen Lehmann • Idelle Musiek • Joseph R. Zbiciak • Patricia Mastricolo • Eric Wang • Paul Mowbray • Jamie Johnston • Cass and Matt Shaw • Sue Brown • Kathy Schaub • Laura Holland • Sharon Williams • Pat King • John Utrata • Lucy Edelbeck, OP • Matt Steski • Aaron Hanson • Ken Scott • Elinor Brandt • Donald Emerick • Judy Schultze • W. Michael Stephenson • Mercedes Brugh • Rick Palm • Sean Kernick • Ann Biersteker • Lorraine Terruso • Debra Spencer • Samantha Stockdale • Thomas Alan Rickner • Debra Meringa • Heidi Rosbe • Nancy J. Bredberg • John Huber • Bregtje Hartendorf-Wallach • Ellen Levin • Sarah Dubek • Christine C. Burge • Adi Noe • AnnaMarie Cornett • Mark Hahn • Mike “Minox” Mayo • Katherine Elliott • Sue Stone • Christine E. Hoffman • Jessie Cohen • James D. Pirtle, Esq. • John Murphy • Ellen Wohl • Hillary Wanecke • Matthew Palevsky • Fred Schneider • John Lillig • Eli Trainer • Ava H. Nackman • Lynn Scruggs • Trick Runions • Shirley Furst • David Kreizman • Jean F. Gerbini • James Ellsworth • Colleen Kavanagh • John Otey Smith • Eleanor Yepez • Teddie Brudner • Catherine M. Smith • Anjela Williams • Samantha Ludin • Jim Lee • Tamara Davis Brown • Alyce Miele • Ona Hogarty • Becky Klein • Harriet Huss • Garrett Loontjer • Andrew C. Stapinski • Jerry Krause • Todd J. Dodenhoff • Robert Derrick • Jay Allen • Yvonne Hileman • Gregory Penderghest • Sara Chacko • David L. Lumpkins, Jr. • StuartQuimby • John Nestor • Jennie Nasteff • Jeff Schatz • Edward Freeman • Ernest Coleman • Shannon McEwen • Jodie Battaglia • Roscoe • Timothy L. Huckins • Elizabeth Owen • William Fraser • Vicki Thomas • Karin Brennan • Allison Cook • Daren Bowlby • Helen Lococo • Tim Copeland • Steve Aranda • Christopher M. Pupke • Clarke McCarthy • Libby Kelson-Fulcher, D.D. • Baila Zheutlin • Zahra Pavlovicz • Rims & Judy Barber • Donald Ball • Sherri Schlesinger • Brian Ross • Jim Matthews • Sarah Schneider • Elissa Hirsh • Christopher R. Carroll • Josh Rales • Judith A. Rice • Nancy Janus • Lauren Leach • Cash Morrow • Karen Palinsky • Andrew Ward • Jane Martin • Jill McCormick • Christopher Visgitis • David Eisenman • Edward W. Christy • Darlene A. Kura • Janet Sturtz • Jeff Shifrin • Kevin Doty • Carl LeVake • Ruth Reilly • Karen Wolf • Shannon McCoy-Hayes • James Tumulty • Kathy Chapman • Darrel King, Sr. • Dana Delibovi • Maggie Stroup • Andrew Vayo • Emily Herbert • Natalie Thompson • Rabia Shafie • Elmer Verguson • Joshua Valencia • Wesley Mason • Elizabeth Dorn • Mark Whitley • Rosie Switzer • Amelia Marritz • S.L. Stebel • Mark Klarman • Hannah Gurman • Eileen Gaffney Green • Deborah Grossman • Joseph Norris • Merle Hofmann • David Choi • Bobbie V. Centurion • Stephanie Davidson • Stephen Helller • John Parris • Elizabeth Harris-Tuck • Pam and Byron Caughey • Katherine Davis • Andrea Garvey • Rory McDaniel • Rick Gordon • Roger Dumas • Marie Case • Caroline Vimont • Janine McGarrow • Mac Jones • Tim Weber • James Kwak • Robert Last • Mark L. Flythe Mr. • Andrew S. Minor • Tamara Bevard • Stephanie Asip Leavitt • Manuel de Lizarriturri • Deborah Snow • Richard Bishop • Tricia Goyea • James Dotson • J. Andrew Smith • The Rev. John J. Lloyd • Matthew Lander • Rob Wlodarski • Richard Briggs • William Whalen • Chuck Northrop • Bryce Lynch • William Brown • Charles Courtney • David Thompson • Nathan Olson • Donna Yahraes • Joe T. Hart • Rian ONeill • William Doswell • Gina Gamble • Diana Loomis • Timothy Enright • Debora and Michael Mandelbaum • Helen Duffy • Sheila Smith • Johnny Nettles • Randall Rutz • Gene Walker • Laurene Mraz-Peterson • Patricia A. Farr • Katherine Zotos • Skip Shaputnic • Ryan McLaughlin • Eric Naylor • Matthew Rosler • Ariane Dagilis • Luca Benedetti • Patricia M. Griffin • Beverly J. Goodrich • Jon Haagenson • Evelyn Monsay • Peter Metcalfe • John Silliphant • Diana O’Brien • Sanford Braver • Brian Marody • Peter Murray • Ben Kowalski • Susan Pierce • Richard Adams • MaryAnn Dean • Constance Vincent • C. Kleymeyer • Michael Saxman • Kevin Schaefer • Chessa Hickox • Cal Vandegrift • Jay R. Whitney • Karen Kormos • Catherine Ledner • Wendy H. Meyer • Joanne Greenberg • Sandra Fugate • Christina M. Mosher • Marjorie Kenneally • Jonah Geil-Neufeld • Stefano Cordova • Allison Greer • Elisa Frye • Michelle Lopez • Chris Mitchell • Karen Saquing • Rebecca Otis • Teri Doerksen • Dina • Peter O’Grady • Kathy Cullen • Linda Paravagna • Matthew Niner • Kendall Morgan • Albert Brown • Scott Lehmann • Hannah Carlen • Jill Weckesser • Douglas Kremer • Stephanie Smagala • Pattu Thiemann • Frank Krapf • William McBride • Amy Williamson • Mary Saleh • Gregory Rick, Jr., MD • William H.Gray • Diana Myers • Judi Worrall • Zena Collier Hampson • Jeff Shimko • James McGuinness • Margery Sudsataya • Walter D. Pullen • Janette Lehoux • Marty Casey • Lawrence Greene • Patricia Joshi • Harry C. Kiely • Tom Battey • Fidelia Dickinson • Luis A. Rivera • Jan Hatcher • Robb Pastor • Laura Milliken • Collin Bowman • Jeff Stoba • Cathryn Stevenson • Lee Wenzler • Ron Sprinkle • Patricia Sternberg • Brent Stansbury • David Jones • Kristin Edwards • Laurie O’Reilly • Roslyn Kenney • Lucas Madar • William A. Edmundson • Christopher Munson • Njoki Kamau • Martha Teshich • David Sciarrino • Suzanne M Brown • Mahealani Melton • Lisa Rembert • Chad Bauman • Claire • Charles Neveu • Wendell Verduin • Devin Fleming • Travis Middleton • Lucie Brown • Carlos Flores • John Boyack • Evelyn Rosh • Terry L. Gustafson • Carolyn Knowlton • Ryan Geerlings • Elaine Kovacs • Cory Neugesser • Vic P. Thacker • Kirk A. Matkin • Kathleen Holmay • Tim Riff • Jennifer Haskill • Paul Longton • Paul Kruger • Marina Libel • John Williamson • Gregory Abbey • Eugene Douglas • Barbara Holland • Patricia Cormier • John Kirk • Faye Bernstein • Larry Bassett • Susan Stuurmans • Deborah Forest Hart • Dolores (Dee) White • Mary Kate Molloy • Clarice Corell • Sherry Welch • Russell Atkinson • Madeline Shaw • A. Otway • Harriet J. Budinich • J. Kaiser • Steven Schend • Laura Velkei • Margaret O’Gorman & Mike Hunninghake • Gerald A. Brader, Jr. • Elizabeth J. Foster • Dennis Ulrich • Pamela Leto Weisbrod • Paul Levy • Paula M. Flagel • Polly Watson • Lois Swanson • Charles S. Henry • Barbara Rochelle • Rebecca Priest • Andrew Cone • Richard Nicholls • Naim Assil • Robert E. Dodge • Marty Duckenfield • Jennifer Miller • Lara Pruitt • Audrey Alande • Marie Yue • Geneva Haber • Jonathan Hansen • Eliza Shanley • Darcy Bullock • Jean Burnett • Brian T. Osborn • Diane Taudvin • Veronica Gaboury • Fred Griego • Jodi McMullen • Deborah Mackey • David Alpert • Anyahlee Suderman • DeLynn Anderson • Sherry Shortt • Lance Friesen • Michael Bodine • James Randall Gilmore • Marcie Bircumshaw • Scott Minkoff • Circe Tejada-Flores • Julie Chancellor • Eva Owens • Rolen Yoshinaga • Scott Schock • Marsha Nunley • David Jones • Kerry Morgan • Thomas Gunn • Dr. David Smith • John Brehm • Ellen Anderson • Carolee Hansen • Ruth Martin • Bill Chaput • Bryan Shelly • Karen Glum • Jeremy Hynd • Ed Hanratty • George Han • Diana Wheeler • Thomas Rouzer • Howard Ledford • Justin Gall • Tommy G. Henry • Mark Lee • Erin Lantis • Randall Knight • Tricia Tunstall • Shannon Bromley • Lisa Colautti • Sherron Roberts • Robert Hollmann • Jeffrey Greene • Michael Funderburg • John Neumann • Annie Schlax • Kellee Inskeep • Donna Stephenson • Jennifer Phillips • Grady Roberts • Charles Barnitz • Gwendolyn E. Thomson • Donald W Lesher • Patricia Murphy • Ethan Canin • Craig Barzso • Eric Buck • Maureen and Bill Matthews • Winifred Becker • Michael Hampton • Karla Rose • Katherine E. Krider • Paul J. Balderes • Jennesia M. Primas • Candace Fasano • Judy Lander • Kenneth Atchity • Karen Castens • Beverley Geer • Doug Roberts • Margery Thomas • Vincent Higgins • Vince Lombardi • Joyce Wackenhut • Theresa Bennett • Judith Bowman • Ann S. Lipton • Karn W. Griffen • Scott Isensee • Mary Capone • Wendy Schlosberg • Josh Dooley • Bryan Spearry • Linda McHale • Thomas Leikam • Patricia Kelly • Julianne Allen • Carla Buchanan • Dawna Ellis • Jan Roberts • Theodore Cowan • Jesse Krell • Brad Boyd • Perry G. McCrary • Stan Chojnacki • John Hall • Gary Chartier • Barbara Rivolta • R Hayley • J Martin • Judy Hodgson • Robert C. Bright • Norman Kantor • JoAnne Kennelly • Chris Huffman • George Thayer • Richard Shipps • Tia Bowman • Adam Bonin • Fritz Conle • Ron Hansel • Billie Gastic • Barbara Schutz • Risha Linda Mateos • Randy Reed • Molly Delander • Sharon Cizek • Wendy Zieve • John Akins • Jolinda Smith • Valerie Shelton • Chandran Cheriyan • James A. Dugan • Patricia Burling • Robert Devere • Lois Fein • Miriam • Mitch Gurney • Jeanne B. Kent • Simeon H Redmond • Bryan Cornelius • Matthew Arnold • Glenn Fink • Catherine Giampa • C. Norman Kraus • Stephen Phinney • Peggy Otterstrom • Eldon T. McMullen • James Henry • Charles Geneslaw, MD • Bill Wasley • Dr. Travis LaForest • Patrick O’Brien • Ian Waslton • Joanna M. Kapner • Laura Estrom • Colleen Kearns • Nancy Sato • Virgil Gabel • Jules Carvalho • Nelson Bone • Anna Wetterberg • Shannon Moore • Carlos Ecos • Sharron • Bruce Huff • John Pielaszczyk • Tage Lilja • Janet Mocarsky • Dave Easterwood • Steve Zecker • David Barwinski • Sarah Weiss • Tony Day • Tina Bruckert-Frisk • William J. Pollard • John Thomas • Cate Bridenstine • Michelle Parr • Amy Bruce • Linda Marie • Mike Jensen • Eric Elliott • Megan Perry • Annalisa Brown • Maclain Looper • Kaathleen Sommer • Chris Thomas • Fredric W. Kessler • Catherine Wright • Ganie DeHart • Rhushabh Mehta • Rachel Stone • Austin Jackson • Enye Langree • Sharon Mahar Potter • Tamra GL Castor • Elizabeth Doshi • John Strossman • Frederick C. Hutchinson • Eric Hassler • Bryan Hill • John Parsons • Benjamin Harper • Cheryl David • Stephanie Matolyak • Mary McCulloch • Damien Garrylee McCormick • Virginia Weiler • Stephen Lain • Evan Dove • Bob Crockett • Jeremy Tchou • Jed Bothell • Sharon Latimer • Nancy Rane • Allan Coie • Miles Earl • Fawn Perazzo • Jim Galbraith • Tomas Tenzer • Peter Rosenbaum • Noreen Reist • Mark Phelan • Lois DeCaro • Danielle Mead • Kevin Robinson • Karen Wilson • Jessica Powell • Jeanne Glenn • James Calvin • Nan Wellins • Alan Feltman • Gerald P. Gephart • Shannon Sinclair • Natalie Metzler • Juan Reyes • Stephen Cohen • Joshua H. McKible • Sheri Brown • Hillary Davis • Charles Walker • Jacob D. Kimel • Suzanne Lasky • Joshua Russo • Stephanie Bossarte • Jacquelynn Leisos • Robert Quam • Lynn Leibowitz • Kathy Owens • Wil Somers • Jeanne C. Majors • Christina Nohre • Anna Sloan • Jennifer Jacobson • Sally LaRusso • Clare Sierawski • Don Durand • Elizabeth Dodd • Abraham Bendheim • Randal Dawkins • Blaine Odell • David W, Vanlandingham • Gretchen Luhr • Lisa Steffen • Virginia Cassara • Fabiola Morales • Mary Fellini • Sheryl Stevenson • Noah Pais • David Fitzgerald • Stephen Somerville • Theodore Despotes • James Margraf • Sheila Benson • Tonya Morgan • Katy Clemens • Robert Huddleston • Megan Eileen ONeil • Eiren Caffall • Debbie Burkart • Susan Shivas • Carlos Coronado • Jessica Marlies • Jen Oelschlager • Conner Dowling • Christopher Hohman • Brandon Absher • Terri Pauls • Alex Otto • Ann Rogers • Katie Lance • Katharine Nartonis • Larry Locke • Mare Allen • Doug Churchill • Robert Lyn Allen • Daniel E. Carsen • Mark J. Lukens • Michael A. Suozzi • Alice Johnson • Malia Robinson • Jennifer Mullan • Anthony Mohen • Donna V. Adamson Curlis • Craig Wilson • Chuck Hoglin • George Madden • Renee A. Prejean-Motanky • Deja Dowling • Deborah Jacquemin • Deborah Ludwig • Wayne Cunningham • Chris Corcoran • John Scanlan • Sharon Fatur • Randy Hurt • Rudolf J. Rottenfusser • Douglas Otto Drake • Gloria Halifax • Bernadette B. LaGuardia • Ida Halasz • Robert Coe • Barbara Walker • Russel Kujan • Judy Vick • Huberta Alcaro • Virginie Ladisch • Barbara Dittmann • John Morrow • Barry S. Brown • Franklin Waldram • John Drake • Jody Burgin-Smith • Michele Greet • Uli Nagel • Anne Rutledge • Jacqui Eltorro • Samuel C. Dicker • Kenneth Hutchinson-Surette • William C. Lennox, Jr. • Julie Flores • Katherine Gerhardt • Lori Fernand • Elizabeth H. Rounds • Elena Fields • Gail Spatz • Cynthia M. Harris • Michael Dowdy • Rebekah Skiver Thompson • Randy Stephens • Kent Turner • Samina Faheem Sundas • James McGuire • Nathaniel Doubleday • Venus Cheung • Priscilla Bull • David A. Keeling • Patricia Moore • Vikki Highland Scott • Aaron Garvin • Devon Perry • Judy Raddue • Jennifer Jones • Katherine Whitworth • Kevin J. Matthews • Jeanne Pardini Sanders • Simon P. Shea • denise hungerford • Wayne E. Stiefvater • G. Hedlin • Francois Furstenberg • Michael Borkson • Kelly Jenei • Ann Biegelsen • Megan Gallant • Jeanne S. Alsup • Roger Crawford • Leslie Scalfano • Lane Goolsby • Chris Clark • Cynthia Torsell • Sandra Harmon • Michelle Stock • Jeff Bohrer • Raymond Edwards • Sheila Evans • Alice J. Dewell • Angela Booker • Dan Olson • Zachary Bernstein • Paul Biron • Daniel Ilgenfritz • B.J. Snow • Charles J. Duey • Bruce Merchant • Stefanie Ida • Andrea Lentine • Vicki Standley • Herb Clay • Dawn Biddison • Bigi Greenhut • Bill Boccaleri • Dave Morrison • Bill Grindle • Helene Tomich • Shirley Robbins • Alan Schoen • Rose Jensen • Rachael Sarto • Christopher Honan • Peter J Witzler • David Gruner • Kevin Thames • Norma Zimmerman • Kevin P. Sloan • David Hanson • Stephen R. Hannon • Sandra Kos • Edward Wilson • John Weber • Alexandra Norton • Brandon Wann • Dalton Stansbury • Evan Davis • Edith Kur • Gerard Perez • Sean Grubb • Christian de Jong • Roger Meyer • Steven M. Storer • Jerome Erath • Laura Chang • Meg Eppel • Rosie Engman • Rosemary Franklin • Marlene E. Berk • Em Turner Chitty • Genevieve Weeks • Paul Bagley, II • David Connolly • Adam Stone • Jean Smith • John Goins • Rose du Plessis • Donna Kasa • Neema Caughran • John Hartman • Paul Norden • Cheryl Sennett • Crystal Henderson • Evelin Brinich • Katie McCabe • Eileen McGinley • Jennifer Fink • Dr. Lloyd Koch • Katherine Rudigier • Dorothy Farley • Megan Devir • Steve Holzman • Myrna Knepler • Mickie Toll • Alison B. Napier • Katheen O. Pinter • Karan Fairchild • David Munroe • Steve Messimer • James Welby • Bradford Cravens • Barbara Benson • Paul Chubbuck • Irving Saraf • Charles Silverman • Christopher Alpiar • Ruth Troetschler • Larry Weeldreyer • Josh Race • Martin and Colette Buck • Christie Porter • Sandra Shuhert • Marshall Barnard • Michael Kitterman • Justin Banks • Markus Kolb • James Corey • Mark A. Norton • Jonathan Dietz • Melissa Clark • Shirene Hansotia • Samuel H. Haines • Maureen Killila • Pamela Speh • Sarah Holland • James Chiavelli • Ben Stabenow • Yvonne Fallert • Peter Schlosser • Stephanie Zuercher • Terry Hunt • Kelly Collins • Mark Crowder • Cynthia Butler • Elizabeth Ayre • John P. Mix • Terrie Bad Hand • Marc Fathauer • Nancy Jennings • Sean Mulcahy • Robin G. Johnson • Antonio Gonzalez • Nickie Black • Alan Sparrow • Geoffrey B. Howard • Caroline and Nicholas Christy • Mitali • Audrey Peterson • Ashley Ruiz • Laurie Ellings • Peg Birmingham • Angie Kelleher • Christopher H. Tucker • Abigail Atha • Janet Dybdal • Delores Kramer • Frederick Wasti • Lucas Deming • Wendy Doucette • Sandy Gilliam • Nancy Bronsteen • Laurel W. Williams • Tricia Spencer • Jozier Bellefleur • Shi Ansel • Jennie I. Schaff • Holly Hart • Nicole Sedmak • Tom Dennis • Michelle Cross • Mark Finnigan • Louise Muir • Dr. Richard R. Smith • Aliya Bonar • Richard Haas • James D. Williams • Matt Hannum • Susan Jennings • Bruce Irby • Natasha B. Suter • Catherine van Veen • Dennis Perez • Jim Rosengarten • Jocelyn Watkins • Christopher J. Gray • Ella Vanderbilt • Matt Groneman • Steve Estrada • Miriam Rosenberg • Kathleen • Ken Hurst • Kenda Bussing • Ruth Lame • Chris Renne • Karen S. Edwards • Stephen Kent • John Daly • Paul Cezanne • Carole Ingram • Rebecca Mammo • Andrew Rowe • Marc Shaw • Gail O. Holcomb • Kathleen Daniel • Kate Grabowski • Carla Raushenbush • Thelma Kuperberg • Nancy Atchison • Melissa Burke • Barbara Ship • Robert Cox • Marie Olmstead • Susan James • Nicole L. Joseph • Christopher Bender • Ric and Debbie Ritchison • Randy Clinkscales • Gene and Mimi Wuest • Nora E. Shine • Sam VanVolkenburgh • Barbara Kyle • Duncan Reid • Emily Tabuteau • John Martin Taylor • Robin Chase • Cynthia Blake • Richard C. Henneberry • Lydia Vollmer • Maddy Susser • Glynn Zeigler • Gail Bursell • John Tiedje • Don Garr • Glen S. Gray • Fredda Wolf • Matt Krizan • Dan Metevier • Cristal L. Boisseau • Debra Twito • Brooke Oakley • Nathaniel X. Vance, Jr. • John Spurlock • Tim Johnson • PamBurrell • Thesia Germain • Denise Brown • Todd Carr • Jeanie Embry • Sarah Sklar-Heyn • Will Cooper • J. Scott Burk • Dava Melton • J. Ross • Arthur F. Lueders • David W. Hess • Chris Pugh • Matt Rucins • Kenneth W. Scott • Rhay Garrett • Brendan Sweeney • Joe Reinert • Norma Marshall • Thomas Pitts • Daniel Calle • Ryvr Gilmartin • Jerry Mundel • Janet Spector • Jane Boswell • Hayley Tapp • Shelley Buschur • Kimberly L. Fogg • Lisa Poirier • Jerry Burd • Sherra Nuttall • Christa Coore-Powell • Evan Johnston • Michael Jacobs • John Adam Dittmar • Greg Siegle • Abigail Cerra • Fran Davidson • John Ernst • Eli Miller • Sheldon Smith • Arlene Fitterer • Mike Shelton • Gina Freed • Scott A. Boden • Lou Rowan • Sara Mayer • Brenda Chapman • Brian Stubbs • Julia Scherle • Nikki B. Springer • Mona Garro • Sandra Cohrs • Linda I. Robinette • Nicholas Mo • Allison Briggs • Peg Culley • Elizabeth McGoldrick • Myra Achoe • Susan Danoff • Robert A. Novak • David Coray • Hal Smith • Jon Louthian • Mary Porter • Sally Quintana • Mary Myers • Kathleen Rospenda • Eric Forsberg and Gloria Peck • Nancy Angsten • Carrie Vaughn • Gordon Stegink • Andrew Banka • Michelle Ledbetter • Julie Jenkins • Michele Massion • Mark Barthel • Aaron Bauch • Darrin A. Worthington • Hugh Vandervoort • Ramon Nunez • James DeCelle • Guston Sondin-Klausner • Dr. Michael Dene Vought • Cris DeNoon • Dan Cash • Martha Boden • Kelly Gomoll • Fred T. Sztukowski • Ralph Paradiso • Katie Fleet • Megan Miles • Jeff Dupee • Gerlinde Smith • Audrey Adamson • William J. Webb • Anna Folejewski • Rick Searing • Bryan Richards • Jenny Deller • Yolanda Calderon Wallace • Heather Hill • Pamela H. Korbel • Joe Steele • Lincoln Rice • Duane J. Matthiesen • Kathy Heyman • Joan Vandiver • William G. Iannaccone • Juliet Stautner • Kasturi Haldar • Haydn Deal • Sherry Rich • Sai Krishnan • Wesley Bernardini • Josh Schaefer • Rita Kennen • Carrie Ulrich • Robert Winslow • Laura Stusser-McNeil • Danielle Black • Karl Jahnke • Kendra Holt • Kate Meil • Susan Bender • Tatiana Sainati • Javon Carter • Marian Alden • Elra Gattermeir • Crystal Coble • Nan Janney • John Parise • Dorothea Duenow • Jerald Spotswood • Dorothy M. 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WILL THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LIVE UP TO ITS NAME?

This story started more than a year and a half ago when our members flocked in April 2007 to our Virtual Town all meeting on Iraq. Out of a field of seven candidates, Obama won the town hall with 28% of the vote, largely due to his strong position on ending the Iraq war – a war our members had opposed from the start. On February 1, 2008, five days before “Super Tuesday,” MoveOn members voted by 70 percent to endorse Barack Obama – the first presidential endorsement in our history.

More than

400,000 voters say:

MoveOn member Christine Y. in New Jersey summed up the feeling of so many voters:

‘‘ ’’ I’ve never felt so strongly about any one candidate in my

entire life. He’s truly an inspiration to all of us – especially

the younger generation. I will stand by him 100% for as

long as he’s willing to stand up and fight for this country!

In the days that followed, our members infused the fledgling campaign with over half a million dollars in small donations – an amount that Obama has subsequently dwarfed, but at the time provided the campaign with much-needed resources and helped the campaign build a foundation for their huge base of small donors.

“The Democratic Party must be democratic. The superdelegates should let the voters decide between Clinton and Obama, then support the people’s choice.” Add your name at www.moveon.org.

As Americans voted in overwhelming numbers in primaries, MoveOn.org and allied organizations ran this full page ad to tell the superdelegates to let the voters decide.

Members poured personal endorsement e-mails into primary states, ultimately sending almost 700,000 e-mails asking friends and family to support Obama in their state primaries. And in the lead up to March 5, more than 20,000 volunteers called MoveOn members in Texas to turn them out for Obama to both vote and caucus in the famous Texas two-step.

Watch the Virtual Town Hall meeting on Iraq: http://pol.moveon.org/townhall/iraq/report_back.html 5


MoveOn members wore their support for Obama proudly. We distributed millions of buttons, stickers, and t-shirts this year.

Once we hit the general election, members chipped in for ads that clearly defined the choice between Barack Obama and John McCain. Our “Obama in 30 seconds” ad contest generated over 1,100 entries. The winner, “Obamacan,” aired in four states and nationally throughout the election. Actor John Cusack challenges voters to try to tell John McCain and George W. Bush apart. John Cusack appeared in an ad reminding voters about McCain’s ties to companies like Halliburton. When Sarah Palin arrived on the scene, we even employed a talking moose to get the message across.

‘‘ ’’ It’s the endorsements from the usual suspects that often generate the most money and organizational support.

Few were surprised when the liberal MoveOn.org backed

The winner of the “Obama in 30 seconds” contest, this ad was one of the first to show Obama’s crossover appeal to voters. We tried to advertise outside the box, with creative approaches that could break through the media noise. The “Bush-McCain Challenge,” a fun quiz that compared the two politicians, was promoted in TV ads; over half a million Americans played the game online. Click here to take the quiz yourself: www.bush-mccainchallenge.com

Obama, but the organization has become one of his top

fundraisers and is urging its 4.2 million members to get out

the vote for him.

– US News and World Report, Oct. 21, 2008

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MoveOn Councils At Work

MoveOn Members Get Creative

It wasn’t just online and on the airwaves that our members made a difference. Our local councils helped define John McCain in cities and towns around the country and were key to rallying the hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members who ultimately volunteered for Obama.

At the Denver convention, MoveOn partnered with artist Shepard Fairey to host a gallery displaying art inspired by Obama’s candidacy.

• Our councils highlighted McCain’s ties to Big Oil. We organized over 200 “Oil-Free President” events outside gas stations in July, earning media hits in dozens of swing state outlets, including in Nashua, NH; Naples, FL; and Bloomington, IN. • Our councils helped educate voters about the similarities between McCain and Bush. We ran over 300 “Bush-McCain Challenge” events on May 28th, attracting media coverage in places like Nashua and Portsmouth, NH, and Denver, CO.

The Decemberists perform at a concert in Denver in the Shepard Fairey/MoveOn space for hundreds of Obama supporters.

• We added almost 4,000 local leaders doing GOTV over the course of the campaign, bringing our council leadership to 16,000 members nationwide.

These paintings were finalists in the Manifest Hope art contest. The contest generated more than one thousand entries. The finalists were on display at the Denver gallery.

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One Member’s Story Every chance I get, I’ve been volunteering here in Lafayette, Indiana. It’s the most exciting, joyful, amazing experience I can imagine – and sometimes it brings tears to your eyes. My friend and I were canvassing and registering voters the other day here in Lafayette. We knocked on a door, and a woman came out who was on the phone. She saw our campaign buttons, briefly put the phone aside to tell us she was on an overseas call, and took our clipboard to fill out a voter registration form while she continued to talk. She was obviously on the phone with her husband, who seemed concerned that someone had come to her door – he seemed to want to be sure she was safe. She kept saying, “No, honey, it’s okay. They are Obama volunteers. I’m registering to vote. It’s okay.” Then finally she said to him, “Honey, I have to register so I can vote for Obama. He’s going to bring you home!” It was a beautiful moment. But the truth is, everyone who spends time knocking on doors meets people who don’t know where to vote or how to vote early, or who just need some reassurance that it’s okay to vote for Obama. They’re grateful to see you. – Mia Lewis , West Lafayette, Indiana MoveOn member

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A BROAD MAJORITY IN THE SENATE 2. We ran ads to help define the races and educate

No one can accuse MoveOn members of not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time. In a year with an extraordinary focus on the Presidential election, we also weighed in with $3,854,978.92 and several defining ads to build a broad Democratic majority in the Senate.

voters in uphill battles in Kentucky, Georgia, and North Carolina.

We focused on helping in three ways:

1.

We poured in small donations to help Senate candidates run competitive campaigns against well-financed incumbents.

Tom Allen

Maine

$365,854.26

Mark Begich

Alaska

$79,649.84

Al Franken

Minnesota

$740,306.00

Kay Hagan

North Carolina

$499,679.18

Jim Martin

Georgia

$214,427.64

Jeff Merkley

Oregon

$405,882.41

Jeanne Shaheen

New Hampshire

$219,105.46

Mark Udall

Colorado

$167,574.13

MoveOn partnered with Campaign Money Watch to get this ad on the air in Kentucky to challenge long-time Iraq war supporter Mitch McConnell.

3.

Blue indicates winner

Using direct mail and online ads, we encouraged young, enthusiastic Obama supporters to vote downballot in key Senate races.

Red indicates loser Black indicates too close to call at time of report

Facebook ads proved to be a great way to alert young Obama supporters to the importance of voting down-ballot.

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MoveOn’s Work in the House of Representatives

No race was more exciting than helping Donna Edwards win her primary campaign against Al Wynn in February of this year. MoveOn members volunteered for Donna in Maryland, donated over $81,000 to her campaign, and chipped in to keep ads on the air at a critical time in the campaign. We’re proud to have been a part of electing a progressive champion like Donna to the US House. And the race put other Representatives on notice: fail to listen to your constituents, and you might be next.

Flickr user matthewnstoller

Our members also had some time for the House of Representatives this cycle, donating over $800,000 to progressive House candidates.

U.S. Representative Donna Edwards

Darcy Burner

Washington 8

$86,846.59

Donna Edwards

Maryland 4

$81,459.19

Alan Grayson

Florida 8

$30,312.26

Jim Himes

Connecticut 4

$27,799.76

Larry Kissell

North Carolina 8

Alice Kryzan

New York 26

$49,217.83

Betsy Markey

Colorado 4

$157,810.60

John Murtha

Pennsylvania 12

$235,147.01

Tom Perriello

Virginia 5

Patrick Murphy

Pennsylvania 8

Carol Shea-Porter

New Hampshire 1

$45,218.55

Tim Walz

Minnesota 1

$16,323.51

$178,904.41

$30,101.76 $125,129.94

Blue indicates winner Red indicates loser Black indicates too close to call at time of report

MoveOn members contributed $1.08 million to help put House candidates over the top.

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North Carolina

‘‘

If you’d told us in 2006 we’d be focusing on North Carolina in 2008, we would have laughed. But it was clear early last summer that something was happening there, so we decided to step up and help turn North Carolina blue.

MoveOn is working with EMILY’s List to highlight some

And we did! Our efforts helped put the state over the top for Obama and elect a Democratic Governor, Senator, and Congressman in this deep red state. We sent a message that the electoral map is changing and progressive issues are important in all states of the Union.

ignored, but no longer: Last week the Washington Post1

When we started, Obama was down seven points in the state polls and Kay Hagan who was running for Senate against the better known and better financed Elizabeth Dole seemed like a long shot. At the beginning of June, Hagan was ten points down.

great candidates like Kay Hagan, a legislator in my home state of North Carolina who is running for U.S. Senate. It is a race that the pundits and politicos had previously

’’

rated it as one of the most winnable Senate races for

Democrats in the country.

– Elizabeth Edwards in a MoveOn email

Since that day, MoveOn members generously contributed $499,679.18 to help elect Kay Hagan to the Senate. But it wasn’t just Hagan who wanted to turn North Carolina blue – our members kicked in almost $179,000 to Larry Kissell’s race in NC-08. In the summer of 2008, we blanketed the state with an ad that reminded voters where John McCain and Elizabeth Dole stood on energy issues. The ad showed that these two candidates were literally in the “pocket” of Big Oil.

FLICKR user happykatie

But that month, we partnered with Elizabeth Edwards and EMILY’s List to bring in some much needed early money for Kay Hagan.

MoveOn blanketed North Carolina with this ad linking Elizabeth Dole and John McCain to Big Oil interests. Read the Washington Post article ranking the Hagan-Dole race one of the most winnable in the country: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/06/friday_senate_line_6.html?hpid=topnews

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you want

change?

BARACK OBAMA for President, but DON'T STOP there. Vote for KAY HAGAN for US Senate BEV PERDUE for Governor LARRY KISSELL for US Representative District 8! Vote for

Almost 300,000 new and young voters received this postcard to encourage them to vote down-ballot in North Carolina. A similar one was sent in Oregon.

In September, we focused on new and young voters – a potentially powerful voting bloc in North Carolina. We just needed to get them all registered. We opened eight voter registration offices in the state and registered close to 44,000 new and young voters. As the election drew near, we reminded them online and in their mailboxes that change doesn’t stop with Obama and that they had a chance to help him bring an “A-Team” – Hagan and Kissell – to Washington, DC with him. In the final weeks of the campaign, health care emerged as a deciding issue in the race. In partnership with Health Care for America Now, we sent thousands of DVDs outlining John McCain’s health care plan directly to the doorsteps of undecided voters, and reinforced that message with two weeks of television ads on the subject. All told, MoveOn members gave $3,069,502.97 to support candidates, run ads, send mail, and register voters in North Carolina.

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Ad Title

Market

Gross Rating Points

Gimmick

Greenville – New Bern

501.3

$32,700

Gossip Girl

Charlotte

68.4

$29,500

Raleigh

68.4

$23,150

Charlotte

128

$24,540

Greenville – Spartanburg – Ashville

553

$5,652.50

Greenville – New Bern

299

$4,334.20

Raleigh – Durham

126

$27,940

Wilmington

246

$10,594

Charlotte

775.4

$153,850

Greenville – New Bern

775.8

$52,449

Raleigh – Durham

775.4

$167,435

Greenville – New Bern

92.4

Greenville – Spartanburg – Ashville

316.2

Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News

209

$3,443

Charlotte

500

$129,360

Greensboro – High Point – Winston Salem

500

$59,400

Greenville – New Bern – Washington

750

$85,800

Raleigh – Durham

500

$164,120

Wilmington

750

$42,240

Asheville (WLOS only)

250

$18,260

Pocket – Cable

Pocket – TV

Fighter – Cable

Fighter – TV

TOTAL

8184.3

Cost

$12,391.95 $75,378

$1,122,538

Total of all MoveOn television ad buys in North Carolina since July 2008.

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Organizing Generation Obama Until 2008, people under 35-years old were the least organized cohort in politics. “Generation Obama” was more progressive than the general electorate – strongly against the Iraq war, strongly invested in fighting the climate crisis, and far more socially and culturally tolerant than generations past. Still there were challenges: because they move around a lot and mostly stick to cell phones, they were left out of organizations and traditional GOTV efforts.

MoveOn’s groundbreaking “Make Sure All Your Friends Vote” viral video tool uses social peer pressure to encourage friends to vote. A study of a controlled experiment, published in the February 2008 issue of American Political Science Review, found social pressure to be the single most effective way of increasing voter turnout by mass communication. http://www.r8ny.com/blog/alex_navarro_mckay/the_ science_behind_moveons_nonvoter_campaign.html

MoveOn’s staff is pretty young, so we knew we needed to reach these folks where they live and congregate: online. Organizing on Facebook and other networks added over one million new members to our ranks between June and September. We ran fun and edgy ads speaking directly to this constituency and their ability to move others.

Stars of the popular TV show Gossip Girl warn young people to talk to their parents about the perils of voting for John McCain in this funny television ad. And our groundbreaking and interactive “CNNBC” video – which allowed people to show their friends what it would look like if they single-handedly cost the election – is one of the most popular online political videos in history. By Election Day, it had been seen over 20 million times and sent to 15 million people. As one reporter noted:

This innovative and funny video reminding people to vote for Obama was the most popular in MoveOn’s history. 14


MoveOn Membership by Age

Our program wasn’t only online. Working with Progressive Future, MoveOn hired over 550 organizers in a program to register half a million young Obama supporters in key battleground states. These folks helped put Obama over the top in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and North Carolina. They were young, they were enthusiastic, and they were unstoppable.

Under 35: 1.2 million Over 35: 3.2 million

Hundreds of thousands of young people joined MoveOn this year, bringing total membership to over 4.5 million – bigger than the National Rifle Association.

MoveOn’s Membership Growth Over Time

Young people get out the vote for Barack Obama in record numbers

Youth made up the bulk of MoveOn’s million new members this year, most of them added since this summer.

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Conclusion: Looking ahead

‘‘

As MoveOn looks ahead to what it will be like to work with a progressive Administration, we know in many ways our journey has just begun. Eli spoke about the road ahead to our members in a speech on Election Night:

I’m going to keep this short, because I’m not much of a speaker.

stood up – people who didn’t have lots of connections or money but who had a fierce desire for change were unwilling to let go of that hope no matter what.

And in a way, that’s kind of the point of MoveOn. It’s not about me. It’s about you – our members, who have made MoveOn everything it is.

MoveOn members, this is your night. And it’s a beautiful night. It’s an amazing night. But it’s not yet a victory.

This historic night is your night. Words can’t do it justice, though I’m sure Obama’s will come close. Our country, America, is back.

The Presidency is in strong hands. But it’s not a victory until we start putting people to work building the new, clean-energy economy. It’s not a victory until we end the disaster in Iraq. It’s not a victory until Americans everywhere who don’t have health care can breathe easy because we’ve got them covered.

And this is your night. So I want to take a moment to remember where we’ve come. Because when there are hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park in Chicago, and millions of us working together in an unprecedented people-driven campaign, this whole change thing seems easy, and obvious, and inevitable.

The last eight years was important. But the next eight are even more important. And so we can’t stop now. We mustn’t stop now. If we sit down, if we go back to life as normal, if we stop fighting, it’ll mean we failed to learn the lesson of the last eight years.

But back in 2001 and 2002, it didn’t feel that way. Try to remember. President Bush had an 80% approval rating. Democrats capitulated and caved at every turn. People were burning Dixie Chicks albums. The media was cheerleading the war. It was a scary time to speak out, to raise your voice.

We can’t wait for officials and the media to lead the way. We can’t assume someone’s got this covered. We have to take our fate into our own hands. That’s the only thing that has ever changed things. It’s the only thing that ever will.

But you did. We did, together. Because we love this country, and what it stands for, and we couldn’t bear to see that destroyed.

And so I want to thank you for everything you do. Everything you’ve done. It’s been the greatest honor of my life to work for you and with you.

In communities across the country, you stood up. We stood up. We found each other. We built a movement, and our voices got stronger. We talked to our neighbors, we enlisted our friends. And things began to change.

’’

But I especially want to thank you for everything you will do. Let’s go rebuild America.

So I want you to remember that tonight wasn’t inevitable. It wasn’t destined to happen. It happened because people

MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser’s remarks from election night. 16

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