Politics

MoveOn.org upset with Obama, launches campaign to drive liberal agenda on its own

Left-wing MoveOn.org isn’t happy with President Barack Obama. In a fundraising e-mail sent to supporters on Monday, the group hinted that Obama has abandoned it in political fights in Washington and across the country.

“It’s pretty clear by now that we can’t wait for Barack Obama, or the Democrats, to save us,” MoveOn.org said in the e-mail to supporters. “But the one thing that might turn things around is an honest-to-God mass movement—something on the scale of the civil rights movement or the antiwar movement—built around a vision of an economy that works for all of us, not just the top 2%.” (Florida Tea Party groups says liberal MoveOn group also responsible for hefty bill)

The group is trying, apparently, to raise $1 million “for one of the biggest things” it says that it has ever done: “joining with dozens of other progressive organizations to lift up a new, grassroots movement to rescue the economy and bring the American Dream within reach for all Americans.”

The MoveOn.org campaign is based on the idea that Republican and conservative policies are causing “pain,” and will include a nationwide door-to-door tour in July. The liberal group says it will use “culture, art, direct action and mutual aid” to achieve “change” from the local to the federal level.

“We know we can’t do it alone, so in the last few weeks, we’ve been talking with organizations representing tens of millions of progressives about organizing together under the same banner,” MoveOn.org wrote, before asking the e-mail recipients to “chip in $5” to its cause. “There’s a ton of excitement—but we need the resources to get it going.