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

MoveOn.org names new Executive Director

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/10/art.getty.eli.pariser.jpg caption="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. no corporate politics

    article: "progressive agenda of creating jobs, developing a new green economy, providing health care for all and ending the war in Iraq"

    Dude – you missed the memo. The One has met reality.
    "progressive" is now PAC / corporate payback
    "new green economy" is now just save the economy somehow
    "health care for all" – a little busy for that, sorry
    "ending the war in Iraq" is now kinda bring home some troops, expand WAR in Afghanistan, support Israel in Gaza WAR

    February 10, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Griff

    So I suppose you are going to help feed the Millions. Promise them dreams you cannot fulfill... Just like Barack Obama,,, "Theres a Hole in the Bucket. Well fix it, with a straw Dear Eli...

    February 10, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Matt

    New Idiot in Charge. Same Backwards Liberal Smear Machine. Clinton has not been president for over 8 years now. Why is this organization still around? Or is it they have a far greater agenda against America they wish to see through?

    February 10, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Fan of Common Sense

    Why don't they just rename their organization what it really is: WeHateAmerica.org?

    February 10, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Dave

    Rock on.

    February 10, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Rick Sutter

    What are we moving on from now? Clinton's cigar mishap is old news.

    February 10, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Mike

    Great! Hail the leader of the "Brown Shirts."

    February 10, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Jane

    Advice for Move On.org: Move on.

    February 10, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. WIlly Brown

    Another liberal. How Shocking!!!

    February 10, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Justified Cynic


    February 10, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. big papa

    Okay now Justin...

    Let's Get Quizzical...

    ...and find out where the Bushites have buried the people's loot...

    ...Welcome aboard matey...AAAARRRGGGGHHHH!

    February 10, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Griff

    World War Two. So Nieve CNN.... You can travel around the World at all speads...But it is the Creep you should ne aware of...

    February 10, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Small Business Owner in MA

    MoveOn should move on.

    After seeing the way they treated General David Petraeus, I don't care to see or hear anything else that comes out of this cesspool.

    They are a disgrace to this country.

    February 10, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Dave

    It's time fo MoveON to apoglogize to General Petraeus!

    February 10, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Matthew, Detroit

    What a joke arganization.

    February 10, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. kenneth herber

    Good job, Eli. Thanks!!

    February 10, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Jim

    MoveOn.org needs to move on - I'd say Cuba, North Korea, or Iran - either of these are a perfect fit for this liberal piece of garbage.

    February 10, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Conspicuously absent from the agenda– ending the war in Afghanistan. The left wing of MoveOn still wants out.

    February 10, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. Colin

    speaking of boobs...

    February 10, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. CA

    I voted for OBAMA. But I do think the MSM played a very bad rule in trashing Sarah Palin. Looking back at the election, the MSM gave a free ride to Obama and Biden almost all the time.

    When O ba m a said "there are 5-7 states in America ..." Did any news media report or repeat his funny mistake? When Biden said some s-t-u-p-i-d words (he always did), did any news coverage on them?

    I got to know most of Ob a ma / Bi d en "funny comment / mistakes" from U-TUBE. But I got most of Sarah Palin's from our M AIN ST REAM ME DIA. The media lost its cre di bility and d- e -a-d. They lost their integrity and ethic standards. SAD words from a moderate DEM.

    February 10, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. neil

    moveon.org stands for movein to my wallet, my life, my religion, my basic rights till I move out.

    February 10, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    I wish move on would just move on (to another planet)!

    February 10, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. ABG

    I would rather be a liberal than a jackass conservative.

    They have done nothing for America the last 8 years. Do Republicans ever take respnsibility for their screw ups?

    I have never heard them!

    February 10, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse NY

    MoveOn has forever labelled itself an Anti-American terrorist organization with it's General Betray Us comments. You can be sure that whatever they propose, the opposite is best for America. The moderator would surely prevent me from saying what I really think about this pack of traitors, vermin, and human excrement.

    February 10, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. The Truth

    If ever you're not sure where you stand on a particular issue, just look up Moveon.org's stance on that issue and take the opposite stand and you'll never go wrong.

    February 10, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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