The MoveOn Decision: Don't Freak Out
Barack Obama is not unilaterally disarming.
You can be forgiven for thinking that he is. It's the most natural response when you see the report that MoveOn.org is shutting down it's 527, and raising and spending money only through it's PAC.
In a letter to supporters, MoveOn.org chief Eli Pariser explained the decision:
in light of the new politics offered by Barack Obama, I've come to believe it's time to close the 527 foreverand to challenge organizations on the right to do the same thing.
That means that we won't raise any money for our election work from foundations, unions, or even individuals who want to give over $5,000. It's an all-in commitment to the small-donor way of doing things. But the time is right to take the leap.
Obama got the DNC to give up fundraising from PACs and lobbyists, and now has one of the progressive movement's leading independent groups sacrificing its ability to raise funds through its 527, which can accept big money from labor unions, foundations, and rich donors with fat wallets. Instead, MoveOn will accept money exclusively through its PAC, which can only take money from individuals or groups donating less than $5,000. Are other independent groups next? Will the entire progressive movement neuter itself in a quest to raises its standards to match Obama's?