MoveOn Members Overwhelmingly Endorse Bernie Sanders For President
Senator Bernie Sanders has won MoveOn.org Political Action’s endorsement for president with a record-setting 78.6 percent of the votes. There were 340,665 total votes cast by the MoveOn membership, giving him both the widest margin in MoveOn history and the largest total number of votes cast.
Hillary Clinton received 14.6 percent of the votes and Martin O’Malley received 0.9 percent with 5.9 percent who voted against MoveOn making an endorsement now.
MoveOn is a grassroots public policy advocacy group and political action committee that was created in 1998 in response to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives. MoveOn has raised millions of dollars for “progressive” candidates and it’s contributors have included financier George Soros, Peter B. Lewis, chief executive of the Progressive Corp. and Linda Pritzker, of the Hyatt hotel family.
Pledging to “support the eventual Democratic nominee in the general election to keep a Republican out of the White House,” Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn.org Political Action’s executive director, statted that “In short, MoveOn members #FeelTheBern,” adding that MoveOn is “going to mobilize in a big way to turn out the voters Bernie needs to win in Iowa, New Hampshire, and other early primary states.”
MoveOn cited “5 of the top reasons MoveOn members support Bernie and will mobilize to get out the vote on his behalf in Iowa, New Hampshire, and other crucial early states.”
1. Bernie’s lifelong commitment to standing up to corporate and 1% interests to fight for an economy where everyone has a fair shot.
“His refusal to accept the status quo of the wealthiest Americans using their power to influence politicians matters to me. If we’re going to push back against the rising oligarchy in our country, we need people like Bernie Sanders representing us in government.”
– MoveOn member Matt R., Reston, VA
2. He’s standing up for justice for communities facing oppression.
“In a nutshell, he exemplifies the ‘We the People’ style of democracy I believe in. He has stood by and with the people, supporting women, people of color, LGBTQ, seniors, and the poor against those who look to subjugate these historically oppressed groups for profit.”
– MoveOn member Natalie R., Claremont, CA
3. He’ll say no to permanent war.
“He represents integrity. He was also right about Iraq and I prefer his stance on foreign policy. I feel that he is concerned with getting our country on track and not getting us in more wars.”
– MoveOn member Janekee C., Davenport, FL
4. Electability: This election will hinge on turnout, and Bernie is inspiring and mobilizing the communities it’ll take to win.
“I have never been as excited about a candidate as I am about Bernie Sanders. His liberal values match my own values more closely than any other candidate. I respect Bernie Sander’s independence from corporate influence. His focus on social justice and addressing the economic inequality in this country make him the candidate for me.”
– MoveOn member Megan W., Poulsbo, WA
5. Putting members in the driver’s seat is what MoveOn does, and a whopping 79 percent voted to endorse Bernie.
“I voted for MoveOn.org to endorse Bernie Sanders for president because he represents the progressive movement like this organization. His views align perfectly with my own — wealth inequality, a living wage, job creation, Wall Street reform, racial justice, women’s and LBGT rights, college without debt, climate change, and peaceful solutions to prevent war, such as his support for the Iran deal.”
– MoveOn member Terri D., Brookfield, WI