February 10th, 2009
06:18 PM ET
5 years ago

MoveOn.org names new Executive Director

Eli Pariser, pictured above, is the committee’s former executive director.
Eli Pariser, pictured above, is the committee’s former executive director.

(CNN) –- MoveOn.org named a new executive director Tuesday to head up the daily operations of one of the largest liberal political action committees in the nation.

Former National Organizing Director Justin Ruben was appointed to the post, held until recently by Eli Pariser. Ruben, a long-time political organizer, aided in the establishment of the group’s field organizing program, and headed the 2006 “Call for Change” campaign that facilitated in the election of a Democratic congressional majority, and served as a supervisor for two years in MoveOn's issue campaigns.

"I am honored to take the helm of this organization at this critical moment," said Ruben. "Our five million members stand ready to fight for President Obama's progressive agenda of creating jobs, developing a new green economy, providing health care for all and ending the war in Iraq."

Eli Pariser, the committee’s former executive director, will transition to president of the board.

MoveOn.org supported Barack Obama’s White House bid, a first-time endorsement move for the PAC. Since the organization’s inception, the 527 turned 501(c)(4) organization has spent millions of dollars on ad campaigns and grassroots organizing.


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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I dropped my membership in MoveOn when they endorsed Obama over Clinton for the presidency.

    Until MoveOn stops doing this, I will not reinstate my membership.

    I did contribute to this organization.

    February 10, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    GOPer translator: we're terrified of this organization because they helped expose us for the frauds we are...quick, say something wihtout substance but horribly nasty!

    February 10, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. billy-bayou

    Move on .org and the obama needed Justin Reubin to continue the work of Saul Alinsky, open your eyes people, your Democratic Republic is about to be washed down the drain, and you are too stupid to see it.

    February 10, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Jeff from Jersey

    Since the republicans created the disaster this country is in the cry has been "The Hole's Left the Whitehouse.We'll fix it for $3 trillion thanks to you Dear Georgie,Dear Georgie,no thanks to you"!

    February 10, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Butch Dillon

    Great!!! This is what the world needs, another whining jewboy at the helm of something or other.

    February 10, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. Minnesotan

    Thank God for open minded organizations like Move On. They've done one great job in mobilizing the centrists and liberals, and countering the insane religious nuts on the right. Keep up the good work, guys! Most people are with you, and those that aren't will never take off their tinfoil hats.

    February 10, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong…somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises…I saw after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started…And an enormous debt to boot!" – Henry Morgenthau, Jr.

    FDR's Treasury Secretary

    February 10, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. GuyInVA

    Don't worry about the troops in Iraq. All will be home by May 20, 2010. That's 16 months from inauguration day, right? Seriously, you guys should go back to to your X-Box and hacky-sack (sp?) games. Your guys have control of the entire government. REMAIN CALM! ALL IS WELL!.

    February 10, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Ron , West Coast

    Move on .org is exactly what the country needs to combat those right wing idiots .......
    Enough of those creeps like Rush " the druggie " Limbaugh and the rest of those liars and crooks!!!

    February 10, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Patrick

    Moveon.org is a hate group not far removed from the mindset of groups like the KKK. It's sad that in this day and age people would still contribute money to groups like this to help them spread their hate. One of Obama's biggest mistakes was to accept the endorsement of this group.

    February 10, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Dylan from MN

    I like how Republicans can call groups that want to better to lives for others, stop war and become energy independent through alternative means...evil. Do you think Christ was a self-serving, war mongering, ignorant nationalist? Get our of here, you're whole ideology is a contradiction to itself.

    I'm going to donate $100 to moveon.org tonight. :)

    February 10, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. GOP/Conservative Extremist

    Great another moron running Moron.org.WHO CARE????? That site`s nothing more than a bunch of hypocritical,Communist dirtbags they`re worthless

    February 10, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. GOP/Conservative Extremist

    Great another moron running Moron.org.Who cares MOVE ON to a group of people who aren`t a bunch of Communist hatemongers

    February 10, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. GOP/Conservative Extremist

    Minnesotana-just your name tells me all I need to know about your kind of mindset

    February 10, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. Southern

    I like keeping up with the (arrested) development of Hate.inc

    February 10, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. NoLeftTurn

    Move On down the road.....we don't need you haters anymore. Your idiot group is far worse than Rush will ever be.

    February 10, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Skip

    Move on...with taxes, spending, bigger govt., Obama. 2 years to go to the next elections. Can't wait.

    February 10, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. Jack A

    When does he graduate from high school?

    So this kid will be bad mouthing politicians from now on? Good to hear it.

    I was afraid they had given the job to some tool.

    February 10, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Ron

    GOP/Conservative Extremist:

    Your comments reflect and exemplifies your name.
    aka the religious reich. the last 8 years under Bush has imperiled the Constitution of our great nation, he deliberately created mistrust and division in this country, setting groups at each other, and set one specific religious group up over others in this country and created positions where this religion could place its beliefs over others.
    Bush and his groups joyfully placed themselves over everyone in the country. Sorry, actually, no i'm not, it's time to un-do the destruction and restore democracy to the country !

    February 10, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. Bipartisan

    Minnesotan-

    If you think centrists have any interest in this blatant partisan far left wacko anti-American organization you must be the biggest idiot on the planet. Centrists don't listen to their B.S. any more than we listen to the wackos on the far right.

    Buy a dictionary and look up the word centrist you moron. And then move on..........

    February 10, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Dave

    Ironically, MoveOn never moves on. I guess if your definition of open-minded is anyone wo agrees with you then yes, Move On is a very open-minded organization. It's just a matter of time before they start attacking the President.

    February 10, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Kim, Dallas, TX

    There is so much hatred from the right. People like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly speak for all of you? And yet you have issues with the left having a group to speak for them. I know we aren't perfect....but I am quite sure that the right is not as well. It's time to get over the unbendable ideology and hatred and start working together. If you haven't noticed, our country is going through a very painful time right now. If the economy has not affected you yet, it's only a matter of time.

    February 10, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. rich

    Whats the best way to find 5 million idiots? Just get the member log for MOVEON.ORG

    February 10, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. Chris in Va.

    @ Butch Dillon......Do you mean like Rep. Eric Cantor (R) -Virginia?

    February 10, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Chris in Va.

    Just a question.....did Faux Noise shut down their hate board and all of their rejects started posting here?

    February 10, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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