[Air-l] What ever happened to MoveOn.org?
wattj at rpi.edu
Tue Nov 21 15:01:56 PST 2006
I have the feeling I'm being a straight man here,
but taking the question seriously, MoveOn.org
reports a current roster of 3.2 million members.
Here's what they said they did in the most recent
U.S. election campaign, in which they mainly
supported Democrat candidates and raised money for close races:
"You made over 7 million calls to voters (and
millions more to members)getting people to the
polls one by one. You gave over $27 million. And
you raised the issues that powered the
electionespecially Iraq, which some pundits told
Democrats to steer clear of."--Eli Pariser,
MoveOn.org Political Action, Oct. 8, 2006
One way they did this was by using e-mail
recruitments asking members to sign up on-line to
host "calling parties." Then they e-mailed the
location of the parties to all members within a
close driving distance, urging them to bring
their cell phones and make calls encouraging
registered Democrat and Independent voters to get
to the polls (they didn't waste cell phone
minutes on trying to convert Republicans). Much
of this was done on a two or three day turn
around, and there were hundreds (maybe thousands)
of these parties announced. Very impressive from an IT standpoint.
I doubt the Republican National Committee feels
that their profile has dropped sufficiently...
>Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 12:14:31 -0500
>From: Barry Wellman <wellman at chass.utoronto.ca>
Speaking of which, whatever happened to "Move On" and "Meet Up"? They were
highly touted organizing affordances of the Dean campaign in the US just
2-3 years ago. And Dean is chair of the Democratic party in the US.
>Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 11:16:56 -0600 (CST)
>From: elw at stderr.org
>i still get mail from them. often.
>profile seems to have lowered a bit, though...
James H. Watt
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