March 28th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
4 years ago

MoveOn takes on Clinton's moneyed supporters

Clinton's campaign says it had nothing to do with the donors message.
Clinton's campaign says it had nothing to do with the donors message.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - MoveOn.org, a grassroots powerhouse that supports Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, launched a fundraising drive Thursday to counter Sen. Hillary Clinton's wealthy supporters.

Her supporters have recently argued with their checkbooks that superdelegates should vote their conscience at the Democratic National Convention in August.

MoveOn's drive sets up a face-off that illustrates the widening gap in the Democratic Party between some of its traditional financial backers, many of whom support Clinton, and a Netroots donor base that leans toward Obama.

Twenty of Clinton's major donors sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday that suggested they might rethink their support for the party's congressional efforts this cycle if Pelosi did not alter her publicly stated view that superdelegates should support the party's pledged delegate leader - a position that would be fatal to Clinton's presidential bid.

"We have been strong supporters of the DCCC," they wrote. "We therefore urge you to clarify your position on superdelegates and reflect in your comments a more open view to the optional independent actions of each of the delegates at the National Convention in August."

The DCCC - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee - assists the party's House candidates.

A day later, MoveOn.org announced its fundraising drive to demonstrate its support for Pelosi's position

"It's the worst kind of insider politics - billionaires bullying our elected leaders into ignoring the will of the voters," wrote organizers in an e-mail to the group's members. "But when we all pool our resources, together we're stronger than the fat cats. So let's tell Nancy Pelosi that if she keeps standing up for regular Americans, thousands of us will have her back. And we can more than match whatever the CEOs and billionaires refuse to contribute."

Senior advisers to Clinton's campaign denied Thursday the campaign had anything to do with the donors' message to Pelosi.

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  1. RT

    Hmmmmm, I wonder why the DCCC wants Hillary elected? Maybe its all the POLITICAL FAVORS she will owe them if she becomes president thanks to their generous donations to her. Since she almost has no hope of winning, they are worried that they are going to LOSE out on their INVESTMENT and want to make sure they get what they paid for!!! Such corruption....

    March 28, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. SR(Queens, NY)

    Count me in MoveOn!!!

    Speaker Pelosi – Please take the courageous (and right) step and endorse OBAMA!

    *************OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT**************

    March 28, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Former Obama supporter

    like Obama doesn't have wealthy supporters? You Obama supporters seem to think that he is the underdog; well he isn't, so stop acting like it. You all like to act like the victim all the time.

    March 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. lawyers

    Obama can only win if he is allowed to cheat and steal this nomination.

    Registered democrats have been disenfranchised so that independents could have a say in deciding our nominee.

    The Democratic Base will unite- in solidarity with all Democrats- white, black, latino, asian, young, old, rich, poor, male, female, elite, bluecollar- We will unite for Hillary and for the people.

    You 3rd world election fixers will lose.

    The people's will is stronger than Obama's lawyers. Try to block the vote in America, and watch the wrath of the people implode the party.

    March 28, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Chris from Texas

    I love the Hillary apologists here.
    "Don't listen to them! We'd rather have the wealthy elite represent America!"

    Do you people even listen to yourselves anymore?

    March 28, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. April in Texas

    I am just wondering if they feel like that strongly worded letter was a mistake now? Hillary sadly is her own worst enemy. I am an Obama voter and I currently in good faith can not see me voting if she steals the nomination after all the rule changing she has done just in this campaign alone. That is giving her the benefit of doubt that she really did believe her story on Bosnia. Heart of all this is pursuade me to vote for Hillary even though I have seen her change the rules as I am worried she may change the rules in the whitehouse as well as her views on issues.

    Obama 08
    Austin Texas

    March 28, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. michael, ny

    Mrs Clinton, sorry America does not belong to you or your moneyed supporters.

    On the side note though, will you tell us how much deb t your campain is in right now?

    March 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Moe

    Obama is just a puppet control by the political enemies of the Clintons, McCain will be the next US President!!!

    March 28, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. enomisa

    Thank God Hillary is willing to stand up for the people's right to vote and is willing to remind people the role of superdelegates.

    The people are behind Hillary- No Nos Moveran.

    Start a new leftist party of America and you can freely vote for Obama.

    The democrats- members of the democratic party- WANT Hillary.

    Plain and simple.

    Obama will not steal this nomination.

    March 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Ray Warren

    Who is financing MoveOn.org other thasn mutli Biilionaire financier George Soros! What hypocracy!

    March 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. anonymous az

    Moveon.org takes on Clinton's financial backing??? With all of the money coming from the Obama campaign you've got to be joking.

    March 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    I supported moveon.org during Patreaus-Betrayous fiasco. And they are doing the same mistake. These big donors are not only supporting Hillary, but support many congressional democrats. This is going to be a rift in the party. First of all Pelosy had no business to open her mouth. She as a speaker should be neutral. I can't support to moveon.org anymore.

    March 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. jeremy

    kudos to Moveon.org. They are stepping up to support the democratic party. unlike the HRC supporters that only care about power. this alone proves that HRC doesn't care about the democratic party. it they did they wouldn't start this infighting with Pelosi.

    Same old washington politics here, using lobbyists and their money to influence. I am happy to see that the Pelosi is sticking to her guns and ignoring this desperate attempt by HRC.

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!
    let's take our country back
    OBAMA 2008

    March 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. NICK PA.

    HA GUYS
    DON`T YOU THINK WE SHOULD FIND OUT WHO THESE FAT CATS ARE. IF THEY HAVE GUTS ENOUGH TO SEND THAT LETTER THEY SHOULD STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

    March 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. enomisa

    Move on Move on.org

    We are Democrats and we do not care what you think.

    We will fight to preserve the people's right to vote.
    We know that Hillary is right about superdelegates.

    You do not represent us.

    Start your own party and vote for Obama

    March 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Frank

    Hillary all the Way!!!

    I am curious about this "Law Professor" issue regarding OBAMA.

    Questions that the University of Chicago must answer are:
    1) What was the name of the people that were call Law Professors at the time Obama was a Senior Lecturer?
    2) What is the difference in function of the 2 titles?
    3) Why do they say it is the same thing when there are 2 distinct titles.

    The reason why OBAMA used the Law Professor title instead of the title of the position that was given to him is simple. IT SOUNDS MORE IMPORTANT!! MORE IMPRESSIVE AND IT LOOKS BETTER ON A RESUME - BUT, THAT IS NOT EMBELLISHING HIS RESUME, NO Because he is he TEFLON MAN and nothing sticks to him. After all the Media and all those upscale liberals who are educated just do not want to see objectively who he really is.

    March 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. honkey white boy from cali

    I am very happy they are stepping up and doing something these old wind bag, money grubbing, power hungry people need to be shut down and Obama is the person to do that. I bet the Clinton's are rather upset because they love the special interest that is exactly why she has not released those returns yet you are going to see the million slide uder the table to those 2. get out of the race Hillary you are not bigger than the party or the voters so move over and make room you could not manage your campaign and you certainly can not do a better job in the white house except line your pocket with more of our money your true intention anyway Go Obama '08

    Go Obama '08

    P.S. All the people posting imaginary running mates with Obama stop he already has a choice and it is no one in the public eye now least of all john Edwards if he was going to take him he would already have his endorsment

    March 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. PAUL PROVIDENCE RI

    I call this letter to Ms. Pelosi a form of black mail. The Clinton machine will do anything to get this bid. I don't understand the press for not making a bigger deal about this letter. I don't like Nancy Pelosi because is won't reach out for the American people, but I am glad she stood her ground on this. If we could get rid of the Clintons, Pelosis and the Reeds, maybe we could get something done in Washington

    March 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Hillary Soprano'

    look at these mob style tactics Hillary and her cronies engage in, they hardly ever bring up dirt on actual issues it's always personal with them, from day one the only thing Obama attacks is her policies, he has not used anything personal against her and we all know he could and be very successful. Any personal negatives she receives is from her on doing. Now she has a mob hit on Pelosit the freakin' speaker of the house, is she crazy , are they crazy and are the Hill supporters blind,deaf and dumb?? The Carvilles, Lanny Davis the list goes on they are all drinking some good stuff, they even support Hillary's "mispoke" excuse, are u kidding me these are very intelligent individuals well at least they sound like they are, how can they not tell when someone is blatantly lying, she told the same story three time's to open forum's with a straight face sometimes with a smile and she MISPOKE!!...please if Obama said something like that it'd be over, lying is lying.

    March 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Johnboy

    Why the difficulty accepting the truth and the rules?

    Clinton and her backers only pointed out the truth.

    Get out of our Democratic system and don't vote in our Democratic Party primaries.

    Democrats ONLY should decide the nominee of the party. Florida and Michigan need to vote.

    Stop impeding the democratic process.

    March 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. EBC

    Suuuuure you DIDN'T know Sen. Clinton. Just like you DIDN'T know your Billy Boy was cheating in the next room to you in the White House you both shared, WHILE you were home!!! How lame is that? I'd hate to think what he did while in Arkansas. NO wonder you come off so bitter and full of deceitfulness. YOU learned from the best, Bill Clinton himself.

    Just like you claimed repeatedly you were ducking and dodging bullets and enemies were swarming all around you in Bosnia...

    Just like you claimed you single-handedly negotiated the Irish Peace Treaty!!!

    I mean one minute you play the "innocent" victim and the next your are clearly pointing your fingers at everyone else BUT YOU!!! Of course we Americans believe YOU Sen. Clinton, I mean the poll clearly shows that by the drop in your numbers!!!

    Are you kidding us? YOUR campaign HAD everything to do with the Letter to House Speaker Pelosi, it has your name written all over it. It's YOUR supporters who are doing all YOUR dirty work, Sen. Clinton....and yet you still claim the "innocent" victim here.

    Yeah okay.....can you say perscription drugs and LOTS of it!!

    March 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. bobbi

    The Clinton stance seems to be rooted in the 90's ......and they seem to be trying the very same tactics that have hurt this country in the last two elections . Power , money and lies it is absolutely time for A CHANGE ............BARACK OBAMA for ' 08

    March 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. An Agnostic Democrat

    The Clinton campaign denying they had anything to do with it is as laughable as James Carville saying he has no connection to Hillary's campaign. He's as tied to the Clintons as one can get without being genetically grafted to one of their backsides – which IMHO, is where he belongs along with all the other slimey and corrupt operatives, surrogates and coporate donors.

    March 28, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. PJ

    Does anyone seriously think these young college kids are going to make regular donations to the Democratic National Party? That's the funniest thing I have heard all week.

    March 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. charlotte

    Obama and Pelosi are both too liberal for me. I prefer a more central liberal. I don't know why everything that happens, Hillary is behind it? If she is this powerful we definitately need her on our side.

    March 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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