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

MoveOn.org shutters its 527

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/20/art.moveon.cnn.jpg caption="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. flavoter

    Wait !!!!
    We need one more commercial, one with McCain stating he was never proud of this country. Watching it on utube is fun but not the same as a large screen PLEASE!!!! Just one more

    June 20, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Tired of W, OH

    I love moveon's McCain commercial. "You can't have him." LOL.

    June 20, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    Shows he is really behind true public funding to give up all the money he could have behind him from 527 – let's have McCain do the same!

    June 20, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    Are you crazy????

    Come back. Come back right now. We need you this November to promote the real interests and ideas against the Right wing 527's that will destroy everything possible to get their way.

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. vic nashville,Tn

    Why he didn’t stop when Move on attacked Hillary

    June 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Jonathan

    Way to go MoveOn.org! It looks as if Obama is already making some positive changes.

    However, I'm sure the republicans will use this to their advantage...naughty republicans:)

    June 20, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |


    June 20, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. dar

    Maybe he doesnt want public financing because he is getting the money from the same place he received his campaign money from.

    Which is equally mysterious!

    June 20, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Mike from Westchester

    Let's see if the Republicans, Conservatives, and ultra-right wing nut case groups match this. Who supports traditional values and ethics?

    Obama, does! That's who!

    June 20, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Vote Nader

    What do you think your government will become without advocacy groups America?

    Not all PACs and lobbyists are evil. Most do good work and attempt to keep our government honest. Without them, your concerns may never be heard or acted upon. Be careful waht you wish for.

    VotePact – check it out.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 20, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Sean

    If he doesn't want outside groups advertising on his behalf then why did his campaign submit articles to the Steelworkers Publication I received this week. Included in these articles were the standard half truths used throughout his campaign so far.

    June 20, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Obama: "Change" that looks like 1979

    What, is George Soros THAT hard-up for cash he's shutting down the Socialist Cash Cow?

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    This is an example of a strong leader who is respected by those that normally don't listen. This is a statement that says loudly we are going to debate and win on the issues not lies, smears, and attacking Cindy McCain. This is why if OBAMA wins the world not just America will restore its respect and admiration for America as the beacon and not a luaghing stock that we have become over the last 7 years.
    RESPECT< JUDGEMENT<VISION<LEADERSHIP this is the change we can beleive in.

    June 20, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. MD

    Obama has started a movement in this country to include the ordinary people in the election process. But as long as the delegate and electoral college systems are in place, the concept of popular vote has no meaning.

    It is time to amend the Constitution and place elections squarely in the hands of the people.

    June 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. J in Houston

    Who is to say that teh "online financing" came from legit sources? Can you investigate all the 5 dollar donations? Kennedy won districts with thousands of votes from people whom were already dead. Ridiculous.

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

    I didn't think Move On was still around.

    June 20, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. aaron from minneapolis

    People on here still post they don't trust Obama because he's lied to us. Where are your examples?

    Please tell me, WHERE ARE YOUR EXAMPLES?

    The only way you can come up with lies is if you're confusing Barack with Hillary.

    June 20, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Shannon

    Okay, McCain, it is time for you to get rid of your 527's also. It looks like we the public will be the sole support of the Obama campaign. Excuse me while I go online to donate my monthly $100

    June 20, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Anita from Arizona

    INTEGRITY is the word that comes to mind. Just wonderful to hear. McCain and his 527s can try all the dirty and slime moves known to man, but they will never penitrate the concrete bubble that surrounds the Obama campaign that's called INTEGRITY.

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

    527's are supposed to be independent of specific candidates. Why are all of you congratulating Obama for closing down one of Move On's subsidiaries? Theoretically, he should have had nothing to do with it.

    June 20, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Jason

    Vote for me, I'm going to raise taxes!!!!
    Change.... Sounds like less money for us and more for the goverment. That's not the change I want.

    June 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Ken Mesle

    Hey Moveon,
    Since Barak doesn't want your help, why don't you help Cindy Sheehan in her bid to unseat Bush's greates protector, Nancy Pelosi. I donagted to Cindy's campaign after Congress caved in yet again to the bully-in-chief.

    June 20, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. yns

    How much did he pay them to bow out? It seems to me that he is really aiming to "buy" his way to the white house!

    June 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. DAVID


    June 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Hannah

    Smart move–carry on.

    Sounds like Moveon is with a winning ticket.

    Obama 08

    June 20, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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