|Los Angeles Times (subscription)||5/18/05||MoveOn. org [Political Action] promotes filibusters with 'Force'; Political action group compares fight over judge confirmations to 'Star Wars' battles in TV ad campaign. |
In a new television campaign to be launch this week, MoveOn is drawing parallels between "Star Wars: Episode III The Revenge of the Sith" and the partisan battle over the confirmation process for federal judges. The television spots will compare the film's plot, specifically the intergalactic power grab by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, with the rise of Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
|MoveOn.Org [Political Action] raises $135,000 to back Sanders |
Vermont members of a national online liberal advocacy group have pledged $135,000 to back U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders if he runs for Senate.
Eli Pariser, executive director of MoveOn.org's political action committee, said that more than 2,500 of the group's Vermont members responded to an e-mail sent Friday asking whether the group should back Sanders in his quest to take the seat being vacated in 2006 by Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt.
"It was a pretty amazing response," Pariser said. "We're a member-driven organization, and we wanted to gauge where our members were. About 96 percent of those responding said we should back Bernie. Obviously, he has a base of supporters who are ready to walk on fire for him."
MoveOn sought its members' thoughts just two days after Jeffords shook Vermont 's political landscape by declaring he would not seek re-election because of his and his wife's failing health.
|Social Security Fight Spurs ContributionsAll the tactics of a political campaign - TV ads, grass-roots organizing, town hall meetings and polling - are being tapped to influence opinion and pressure lawmakers in the explosive debate on Social Security. |
Together, advocates on both sides plan to spend tens of millions of dollars, perhaps as much as $100 million, before the year is out. That's less than Social Security pays out in benefits every two hours but still a lot for a legislative campaign.
"Social Security is the kind of issue you can knock on anyone's door and talk about. It's made for campaigning," said Tom Matzzie of the liberal group MoveOn.org, which put up its first TV ads this week opposing President Bush's plan.
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|MoveOn Steps Into DNC Chair Contest MoveOn.org [Political Action], the online liberal advocacy group, threw its weight into the race for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship by announcing a plan Tuesday for state-by-state endorsements from its nearly 3 million members. ... The plan also reflects MoveOn's determination to institutionalize its influence within the Democratic Party. Founded to protest President Clinton's impeachment in 1998, the group has become one of the party's most influential liberal voices, and most effective fundraisers, on a wide range of issues.|