June 20th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
6 years ago

MoveOn.org shutters its 527

MoveOn.org is getting out of the 527 business.
MoveOn.org is getting out of the 527 business.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The political advocacy group MoveOn.org is getting out of the 527 business.

"While MoveOn Political Action has always been funded exclusively by small donors like you, we've held open the MoveOn.org Voter Fund – a separate "527" organization – which can raise money from big donors. We haven't actually taken any big-money checks since 2004," MoveOn.org Executive Director Eli Pariser wrote in an email to the group's members. "In light of the new politics offered by Barack Obama, I've come to believe it's time to close the 527 forever."

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has said he does not want "527s" and outside, independent groups advertising on his behalf in the general election. A "527" is an political organization that can raise money in high dollar amounts and launch political advocacy campaigns, including television ads.

Past prominent "527s" include the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," a group that in 2004 attacked Sen. John Kerry's war record and arguably contributed to him losing his White House bid. But few had the impact of MoveOn's.

The group will retain its political action committee, which can take donations up to $5,000, though the group says the average donation hovers in the $50 range.

Even though its 527 is going away, MoveOn.org is not completely heeding Obama's request to stay off the airwaves. Last week, the group teamed up with one of the biggest labor unions, the American Federartion of State, County and Municipal Employees, to go up with a national television ad criticizing Sen. John McCain's position on the Iraq war.

The impact of outside groups this cycle is still up for debate. Since Obama's request some Democratic leaning groups have seen their donor base thin, forcing them to abandon paid media plans and instead shift gears to focus more on research and message. Obama referenced the past power of 527 groups as a factor in deciding to opt out of public financing for the general election.


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  1. Knoxville, Operation: NObama

    No way.

    Obama's fascist program has this kind of reach, this kind of influence over independent groups, this kind of raw power to crush our voices?

    Fortunately, 527 like Puma PAC are rising in the place of those that are falling in line. We're going to fight Obama's hostile takeover/buyout of the now undemocratic Democratic Party and we're going to stop him.

    Count on it. Puma PAC

    June 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Jamie, OK

    Yes......we can.

    The thunder that you hear is called change.

    O/08

    June 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. William, from Cali

    That's good; now only if the other 527 'Slumbags" would do likewise..................Maybe America would be better for it.........................

    June 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Bulldog

    Obama is truly leading by example and others are following. First the DNC and now MoveOn. Too bad McCain can't lead, he can only follow what Bush and his advisors tell him to do. McCain is nothing other than a puppet in this years election. Look at how he has flip flopped on so many issues. He is have internal battles which way to go on issues.

    June 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. It's a done deal

    No, Obama's not influencing a change in the way this country conducts its politics. Any Republican can see that.

    June 20, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Vance, CA

    There are a lot of people with anger management issues online. I call it board rage. Let's remember that we are ALL Americans.

    June 20, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    too bad

    June 20, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. lil

    I bet john maccain want turn down 527because they speak for him.

    June 20, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Didi

    Obama is getting his money from oversee thru internet!!!!
    Everybody thinks that it comes from small donors from USA,
    Think twice!!!
    Somebody to check the donations! It is not easy, I know!!!

    Obama is a new Mafia!

    June 20, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Kenneth M

    COME ON BRIAN OF KNOX, YOU GOT TO ADMIT THIS IS PRETTY KOOL. LOOK, WE'LL KEEP THE LIGHT ON FOR YOU. YOU CAN START SUPPORTING OBAMA ANYTIME YOU LIKE. AND REMEMBER, OBAMA MAY BE NEW TO THE PEOPLE, BUT THE PEOPLE ARE NOT NEW TO HIM.

    June 20, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    I love the new politics. it is change we can belive in but I kinda liked the moveon.org ads on TV, especially the baby that Mcain can't have.

    June 20, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. pam Eugene OR

    I did not think I would live long enough to see this! Way to show people a new way Barack! I am so proud to support you.

    June 20, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Phil, FL

    Just hope some of the smart people out there recognize that this is change for the better.

    McCain promised a clean campaign – hasn't happened yet.

    Obama made it happen with no fanfare at all. I like Obama's style.

    Go Obama '08

    I won't believe any of the fear-mongering republicans !!!!!!! No matter how much corporate money they spend, no matter how many wars they threaten just to get votes.

    June 20, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Arack Bobama

    Yes, please just Move On!

    June 20, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. anonymous

    Thank you for leaving. Now, you won't be able to run ads. Good bye. Take Obama with you.

    anonymous

    June 20, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Nikole

    Vic when did move on attack Hillary? What did they do? Weren't they started out of defense of Bill Clinton and his shenanigans? Didn't you hear about Hillary talking bad about move on? Pay attention to the news. And quit posting lies.

    June 20, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. jon

    IF OBAMA had a time machine and could go back in time and prevent the Iraqi War, we would all owe him big time.

    But we can't go back in time.

    JUST as a prudent pilot would not fly into a thunderstorm, once you are in a thunderstorm, to turn back would mean disaster.

    We may just need a pilot to fly us through the thunderstorm.

    June 20, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Connie

    I am so sick of the Media crush on Obama. Get over it boys! I will be voting for a President not a Messiah and I will be voting for Experience not Experiment . So this Puma Democrat will be voting for McCain. I wish we could have had Hillary but BO was selected.

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    I think you need to do a commercial with Cindy McSane talking about Michelle Obama not being proud of her country while she is dodging a jail sentence for stealing and popping pills. I think that would be funny since she was dogging out Michelle when she has absolutely no room to do so.

    June 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Tim

    Even though its 527 is going away, MoveOn.org is not completely heeding Obama's request to stay off the airwaves. Last week, the group teamed up with one of the biggest labor unions, the American Federartion of State, County and Municipal Employees, to go up with a national television ad criticizing Sen. John McCain's position on the Iraq war.

    June 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Haloalani

    They can always change the name to Moveup.org.

    June 20, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Phantom Joel

    Ha Ha Ha...You endorsed Obama and he ran you out of business.
    First Obama takes control of the DNC and now Move.On...You all got what you deserved in endorsing this fascist candidate.

    June 20, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. FayeinCT

    Oh please. If you don't do the public funding then you don't have to provide records to account of where the money came from and where it is going.
    Obama is wolf in sheeps clothing.
    Not every American believes in Obama or his message. I am one of Americans that does not want Obama running this great country.

    PUMA Democrat.

    June 20, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. joe

    Does anyone think Barak Obama will pull troops out of Iraq while we are making progress if he thinks everything will go to hell if we leave too soon. Nobody would want that on their watch. And if the generals caution against leaving too soon I think he will listen to them.
    Also if we undo the progress we have made then all the deaths of our soldiers will have been in vain. Nobody would want that on their
    conscience either.

    June 20, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. SAY WHAT!!!!

    vic nashville,Tn.............. Why he didn’t stop when Move on attacked Hillary.............SHUT THE HELL UP !!!! GET em McCAIN!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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