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Los Angeles Times: "MoveOn Steps Into DNC Chair Contest "
January 26, 2005, the online liberal advocacy group, threw its weight into the race for the Democratic National Committee chairmanship by announcing a plan Tuesday for state-by-state endorsements from its nearly 3 million members.
The move is expected to help chairman candidate Howard Dean, who finished first in a 2003 straw poll of MoveOn members during his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The plan also reflects MoveOn's determination to institutionalize its influence within the Democratic Party. Founded to protest President Clinton's impeachment in 1998, the group has become one of the party's most influential liberal voices, and most effective fundraisers, on a wide range of issues.
Dean is generally considered the front-runner in a DNC race that also includes former Reps. Martin Frost of Texas and Tim Roemer of Indiana, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, party operative Donnie Fowler, former Ohio party Chairman David Leland, and Simon Rosenberg, president of the centrist New Democrat Network.
On Tuesday, the former Vermont governor won the support of several African American members of the DNC — Yvonne Atkinson Gates, who heads the committee's black caucus; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois ; and Minyon Moore, a former Clinton White House aide.
MoveOn officials say their intervention is not designed to boost any candidate. But Dean's rivals believe the group is hoping to push him over the top in the race, which will be decided by the committee's 447 members in Washington on Feb. 12.
Under the plan announced Tuesday, MoveOn's political action committee will ask its members to suggest questions for the candidates in the DNC race. Within a few days, it expects to forward the most commonly requested questions to the candidates.
After posting the answers on its website, the group will ask its members in each state to vote on their preference for the party chairperson. Then it will send the results to the DNC members.
"We want to really keep a focus on who our members prefer … and create a connection between them and the state party members who they ought to have a relationship with," said Eli Pariser , executive director of the MoveOn PAC. "Part of this, in the broad sense, is reintroducing the party and its base to each other." " The MoveOn Model For Success "

March 18 , 2004

  The new Dean organization, heretofore devoted to building support and raising money for one candidate, now has a lot to learn from the broader progressive movement—and most notably from They could do worse than to adapt the many ways MoveOn has learned to use its network to publicly raise issues in order to engage citizens to demonstrate the bankruptcy of the Bush conservative agenda or dramatize the need for progressive government. More than any other organization, has taught the progressive community to organize online, employing impressively experimental—and increasingly successful—methods of giving their growing membership ways to make a creative impact on the increasingly centralized and money-drenched political system. Founded in 1998 by software entrepreneurs Wes Boyd and Joan Blades,, started as a way for people to protest the right wing impeachment jihad against President Clinton, pioneered new ways to use the virtually free Internet to bypass big politics and big media to reach those frustrated citizens and empower them to become activists in a movement to revitalize democracy. They also discovered that people were willing to pool their money, raised on the Web via small donations, to support progressive politicians, and to pay for advertising and organizing around important, pressing issues.
Newsweek: " Censored at the Super Bowl"

January 30, 2004


During the Super Bowl that is. Plenty of people have already watched the MoveOn ad, called "Child's Pay," on CNN, viewed it on the Internet, read about it in news stories and seen it excerpted on television news (If you're not one of them, you can watch the spot by clicking on the video player at the top of this page.) In fact, “Child's Pay” has gotten a tremendous amount of attention since CBS first declined to air it, citing a policy that prohibits "advocacy" ads. Fiery e-mails to the press from MoveOn supporters accuse CBS of currying favor with the Bush White House. Newspaper advertisements paid for by MoveOn characterize CBS's decision as a “tragedy of free speech.” CBS's switchboards have been jammed for the past week with callers complaining about the network's refusal to air the ad. And MoveOn is urging its supporters to boycott the Super Bowl broadcast for a minute during halftime on Sunday.

"Child's Pay" is playing everywhere, all the time, often at no cost to its creators. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on political advertising, tells NEWSWEEK that MoveOn's spot may rank as "the ad that has achieved the most air time with the least dollars expended of any ad in the history of the republic." "Al Gore Speaks Out to MoveOn Members "Gore accuses Bush of undermining freedoms"

November 9, 2003


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former Vice President Al Gore accused the Bush administration Sunday of using the war on terrorism "to consolidate its power and escape any accountability for its use." Gore said that though the threat of terrorism and the potential use of weapons of mass destruction required speedy action by the executive branch, "President Bush has stretched this new practical imperative way beyond what is healthy for our democracy." Gore said the Bush administration has sought "to rule by secrecy and unquestioned authority," and he accused Republicans in Congress of aiding the White House by threatening to shut down investigations over political disputes.

"They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, Big Brother- style government -- toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' -- than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America," Gore said. He said Bush has tried to maximize his power by emphasizing his role as commander in chief of the armed forces, "conflating it with his other role as head of government and head of state, and especially with his political role as head of the Republican Party." Gore, who lost the disputed 2000 presidential race to Bush, spoke to about 2,500 members of two liberal advocacy groups, the American Constitution Society and

Rolling Stone: "News + Features, In Brief"

October 31 , 2003

  MICHAEL STIPE, MOBY, JACK BLACK and MICHAEL MOORE are on a panel organized by to judge a nationwide contest to find the best television ad that critiques the polices of President George W. Bush
San Antonio Express-News: "Ad blitz set for AWOL Demos"
August 23 , 2003
  Friday, two days after its "Defend Democracy" campaign was launched on the Internet, the group's Web site indicated it had collected more than $790,000. Founded by two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs during the Clinton impeachment fight, the group claims a nationwide e-mailing list of 2 million people. "I've never seen any grassroots fund-raising group raise this much this quickly," said Glenn Smith, a political consultant representing the group's Texas effort. He predicted the $1 million goal "is gonna get reached pretty quickly."
Washington Post: "From Screen Savers to Progressive Savior? Founder Galvanizes Opposition to Bush, Democratic Centrists"
June 5 , 2003
  In the season of their discontent -- out of power and on the defensive -- Democrats are looking for inspiration and leadership. A bunch of them found it yesterday in the unassuming figure of Wes Boyd, the man who gave America the flying toaster. Boyd and his wife, Joan Blades, made a fortune with their winged-appliance computer screen savers. Then, in 1998, appalled by the impeachment struggle in Washington, the Californians founded, a modest online petition effort that has grown into the hottest political organization in American progressive circles. From an initial e-mail to about 300 friends, MoveOn has, five years later, a "membership" of 1.4 million Americans, plus 700,000 more people outside the country. The MoveOn political action committee has raised $6.5 million for like-minded candidates and has hopes of doubling that amount in this election cycle. MoveOn generated a million phone calls and e-mails to Congress protesting the Iraq war and catalyzed thousands of candlelight vigils around the world. "Even we were shocked by the power of this," Boyd said. "We were bowled over."

FCC - Stop the Media Monopoly

New York Times: "Putting a Face to a Cause"
May 29, 2003
Opponents of media deregulation are running advertisements depicting the media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the scowling face of industry consolidation, including commercials being shown today on his company's Fox News Channel in New York. The advocacy groups behind the ads,, Common Cause, and Free Press, said they were focusing attention on the well-known face of Mr. Murdoch in an effort to stir public opposition to deregulation. At a meeting next Monday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to relax ownership restrictions, including limits on local television stations and newspapers.

Washington Post: "FCC Plan to Alter Media Rules Spurs Growing Debate "
May 28, 2003
In recent days, the FCC has been inundated with hundreds of thousands of e-mails and e-petitions., a public-interest organization founded by two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, says it has collected 170,000 signatures on a petition to the FCC, urging the agency to keep the rules in place. The group is joining forces with the public-interest group Common Cause, and this week it launched a $250,000 newspaper and television advertising campaign against the changes, including ads in the New York Times and The Washington Post. Members of the National Rifle Association have sent 300,000 postcards demanding the same. The FCC's Web site has received more than 9,000 e-mail comments over recent months from individuals who claim no affiliation with corporations or associations. Of those, according to a musician's group that recently tallied the filings, only 11 comments support relaxing the media rules. Members of Congress are reporting that their offices are receiving substantial e-mail traffic as well.

Let the Inspections Work

Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Advocacy Group's Online Savvy Nets More Than Donations"
April 17, 2003
When, an online advocacy group, sent a short e-mail message to its supporters last month urging them to make an online contribution to the international-relief group Oxfam America, more than 6,900 people responded with donations totaling more than $500,000. The money accounted for nearly two-thirds of all dollars the relief group has received so far for Iraq. The Oxfam appeal marks the latest in a string of milestones for the five-year-old MoveOn, showcasing its ability to use the Internet to encourage large-scale civic action. Best known today for its recent efforts to mobilize opponents of war in Iraq, MoveOn has attracted 1.3 million people to join its e-mail list and be "online activists" in the United States and another 750,000 abroad in support of causes that domestically include influencing policies on energy, environment, campaign-finance, and economic and tax matters.

Washington Post: "DISSENT: Antiwar and Postwar, Too? You Bet"
March 23, 2003
One of the largest peaceful antiwar groups,, is organizing a massive e-mail drive to enlist signatures for a citizens' declaration, which reads in its entirety: "As a US-led invasion of Iraq begins, we, the undersigned citizens of many countries, reaffirm our commitment to addressing international conflicts through the rule of law and the United Nations. By joining together across countries and continents, we have emerged as a new force for peace. As we grieve for the victims of this war, we pledge to redouble our efforts to put an end to the Bush Administration's doctrine of pre-emptive attack and the reckless use of military power." And here is where the two antiwar movements overlap. The sentiments in that statement could be endorsed by much of the American foreign policy establishment. The second face of the antiwar movement is entirely non-radical, pragmatically opposed to the administration's doctrine of preemptive war and alarmed at its contempt for diplomacy. We might call this the "realist" antiwar movement, after the realist school of foreign policy. "Activists hold 'virtual march' on Washington"
February 26, 2003
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Anti-war protesters made their voices heard in Washington on Wednesday, swamping Senate and White House telephone switchboards, fax machines and e-mail boxes with hundreds of thousands of messages opposing military action against Iraq.

The "virtual march" was organized by Win Without War, a coalition of 32 organizations including the National Council of Churches and, which claimed that more than 40,000 people registered to participate in the call-in campaign.

By day's end, Win Without War national director Tom Andrews said the number of calls and faxes exceeded 1 million.

Los Angeles Times: "Protest Without Leaving Home"
February 20, 2003
The call for a virtual march on Washington -- an anti-war assault next Wednesday by e-mail, fax and telephone -- began in the nation's capital Wednesday with the help of a Hollywood connection. Tom Andrews, a former Democratic congressman from Maine, who now heads an umbrella coalition of groups called Win Without War, said the idea was to extend the momentum from last weekend's rallies against a possible war in Iraq.

Having taken to the streets, he said, now it is time to "take to the suites." Joined by a coalition of actors and celebrities both in Hollywood and Washington, Andrews urged those who oppose the potential war in Iraq to visit The organization hopes to coordinate calls to Senate offices and to the White House, scheduling them one every minute.

National TV Highlight Reel: 60 minutes of national TV coverage of our 'Daisy' ad and congressional meetings campaign (in Realmedia only)
January 2003

AlterNet: "Moving On: A New Kind of Peace Activism"
February 11, 2003
MoveOn has leveraged the Internet to create a new kind of organization with the ability and credibility to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and move tens of thousands of people to action within hours. Without MoveOn, with its more than 750,000 members in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands more around the globe, the peace movement would not be the grassroots phenomenon it is today, garnering broad media attention and earning respect from many quarters. In the most important ways, MoveOn is at the epicenter of the current peace effort. Yet, while most organizing and political energy by other groups is focused on mass demonstrations. including those in cities and countries around the world this coming weekend, (events that MoveOn strongly supports) MoveOn is more focused on the grassroots, local media and members of Congress. "In a sense," (Eli) Pariser observes, "part of MoveOn's attraction is that it aims for normal people, not just activists, and engages them successfully."

Chicago Tribune: "Protesting war, groups battle stereotypes too"
January 17, 2003
Eli Pariser, 22, international campaigns director for, an online network whose aim is to attract people back into politics, is mindful of the hurdles ahead. "The challenge we have now is making sure our democracy works," said Pariser, whose group has more than 650,000 subscribers to its e-mail list nationwide. The organization has collected hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions to oppose war before the inspection process is finished and organized thousands of members to meet with congressional leaders next week. It also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the provocative ad campaign that began airing Thursday in major markets, including Chicago. The ads, urging President Bush to "let the inspections work," show a little girl counting daisy petals only to have her image replaced by a nuclear explosion. It is a remake of a controversial commercial during Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 presidential campaign against Barry Goldwater.

Christian Science Monitor: "Antiwar activists reaching past usual suspects"
January 17, 2003
In trying to reach middle America with their message, some peace groups are using less strident language and a populist medium - the television - to make their point. A TV ad that debuted in 13 cities Thursday from urges people to "Let the inspections work." " '64 'Daisy' ad revived to warn against Iraq war"
January 16, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Revisiting a jarring television commercial from the Cold War era, a grass-roots anti-war group has remade the 1964 "Daisy" ad, warning that a war against Iraq could spark nuclear Armageddon.
Like the original, the 30-second ad by the Internet-based group depicts a girl plucking petals from a daisy -- along with a missile launch countdown and a nuclear mushroom cloud.

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Press Coverage of MoveOn's "Let the Inspections Work" Meetings:

The Volunteer coordinated meetings on January 21, 2003 were covered by scores of media outlets. Here is a link to some of those local articles: Click Here "The antiwar movement goes mainstream" (Salon Premium article, subscription required)
December 12, 2002
The broad-based support for Win Without War's message is evident in the fundraising to disseminate it. MoveOn, an online progressive organization that formed to fight President Clinton's impeachment, solicited donations on its Web site to pay for the New York Times ad, which cost $40,000. In less than a week, it had raised $370,000.
"The message is a very mainstream one," says Eli Pariser, MoveOn's director of international campaigns. "We're patriotic folks concerned about our country's security and concerned about the threat that Saddam Hussein poses, but we don't think this rush to war is something that serves our country well or serves the world well."

New York Times, NY: "Protests Held Across the Country to Oppose War in Iraq"
December 11, 2002
"Backed by national religious and civic organizations, including the National Council of Churches, the N.A.A.C.P., the National Organization for Women and the Sierra Club, organizers said the group's purpose was to emphasize what they called a mainstreaming of the antiwar movement. . . .
"One of the founding organizations, MoveOn.Org, started an online signature campaign a week ago titled, "Let the Inspections Work." Within days, it gathered more than 175,000 signatures and over $300,000 in donations to buy antiwar advertisements in national media outlets.
"'There is significant energy building out there,' said Eli Pariser, the Internet-based group's international campaign director."

Press Coverage of MoveOn's Iraq Meetings Volunteer coordinated meetings on August 28, 2002: Below is a sampling of the articles and news stories produced about these meetings:

LA Times, CA: "Military Action May Get Peace Movement Rolling"
September 2, 2002
"In Senate offices across the country last week, Americans who had embraced's cause came to press the case against war in Iraq."

Boston Globe, MA: "Antiwar Protesters Picket Kerry's Office"
August 31, 2002
"Carrying signs of "Say No to War" and "Attack Iraq - NO," about 80 demonstrators crowded the sidewalk and handed out fliers arguing against a US invasion against Saddam Hussein. They called for more weapons inspections and said a unilateral move by the United States would have devastating effects in the Middle East. "There's no evidence that Saddam Hussein is an imminent danger," said Mike Tannert, a retired GTE employee and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should "focus on homeland security, like protecting our nuclear plants from being attacked," Tannert added."

Chicago Tribune, IL: "150 at Dirksen Building protest Bush's Iraq plan"
August 29, 2002
"About 150 people rallied in front of the Dirksen Federal Building on Wednesday for a teach-in to address President Bush's proposal for U.S. intervention in Iraq. And a few dozen more expressed their opinions on the subject to Illinois' U.S. senators. "People are afraid to say anything in the wake of Sept. 11," said longtime peace activist Bernice Bild. "We're here to say it's OK to ask questions." Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) arranged for staff members to meet with the activists."

New Britain Herald, CT: "Iraq Plans Protested"
August 29, 2002
"U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd should not support President George W. Bush's assumed plan to wage war against Iraq, according to a collection of groups gathered Wednesday at the First Congregational Church. Some 100 activists and concerned citizens gathered in the church's basement to present an online petition to Courtney Disch, Dodd's director of community affairs. The event was one of 100 presentations made across the country."

Asheville Citizen-Times, NC: "Residents Make Case for No Iraq Attack"
August 29, 2002

Albuquerque Journal, NM: "Iraq War Plans Protested"
August 29, 2002
"About 40 people came to the Albuquerque offices of both New Mexico senators Wednesday with petitions calling on Congress to prevent a war with Iraq. Simultaneously, people nationwide were visiting their congressional offices, said Terry Mulcahy, a spokesman for the local group."

KXAN TV, TX: "Central Texans Voicing Opinions On Iraq"
August 28, 2002
"U.S. lawmakers may hold more hearings on Iraq after the recess, and some Central Texans are making sure their representatives know exactly how they feel. "Over 4,000 Texans have signed this petition calling for the senator to ask the hard questions about this rush to war," Andy McKenna with said."

Austin-American Statesman, TX: "Group delivers petition opposing war with Iraq"
August 29, 2002
"A week-old grass-roots campaign opposing American military action against Iraq took its message to the doorstep of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's Austin office on Wednesday. About 35 people squeezed under a sliver of midday shade outside a downtown federal building to deliver an anti-war petition with 600 signatures to Joyce Sibley, director of constituent services for Hutchison."

Coverage of the "Censure and Move On" campaign

MoveOn started as an online petition asking the Congress to "censure Pres. Clinton and move on to pressing issues facing the nation." By the end of the impeachment scandal over 500,000 people had signed the petition and many had pledged money for the election to come. The following excerpts describe that time in MoveOn's history.

If the Democrats take control of the House, will share in the credit. Targeting 28 races, including several "battleground" seats, the network has raised more than $1.85 million in contributions from 43,232 individuals. "Looks like we'll exceed $2 million," Blades says. Such political fundraising is an antidote to the corporate PACs and other large special-interest contributions that are "really distorting the process in a rather disturbing way," Blades adds. "These are regular people, average people, saying 'We want people reflecting our values to represent us.'"
- The Industry Standard / October 30, 2000 (full text of article online)

One of the first online political action committees,, has raised about $1.7 million for 29 Democratic candidates on an issue that has largely disappeared as a major political issue -- the impeachment of President Clinton. Created in September 1998, before fundraising online had caught on as an essential campaign tool, two software developers, Wes Boyd and Joan Blades, created MoveOn to urge House lawmakers to quickly resolve the impeachment issue. By July 1999, the web site had raised $350,000, the first time in politics anyone had been able to raise six figures on the Internet, and the money has kept pouring in. "The great thing about the $1.7 million is that it came from 40,000 individual contributors and so we are really bringing the small donor to these campaigns in a way that has never been done before," said Boyd. "MoveOn is the PAC of the future, if we are lucky. They permit donors to select which candidates (from an approved list) get their money. Small donors getting involved invigorates democracy," said Mike Cornfield, a professor at George Washington's School of Political Management.
- National Journal / October 18, 2000

It sounded like a good idea at the time. But nearly a year and a half after a political action committee was formed to protect the House impeachment managers from an expected backlash in the 2000 elections, it is on the brink of collapse, a victim of political winds that have shifted dramatically in the past year... As of the end of June, it had raised a total of $76,787 and had only doled out a single contribution to a Member, a $1,000 check to Rep. Jim Rogan (R-Calif.), a vocal impeachment manager who is in serious jeopardy of losing his seat... In contrast with the House Impeachment Managers PAC, an online fundraising effort dedicated to defeating incumbents who voted to impeach Clinton, has raked in $1.5 million since it was created last year and currently ranks 16th in overall PAC receipts.
- National Journal / October 16, 2000

Witness also the rise of grassroots organizations developed solely on the Internet. Last year, was an Internet startup created in a home office with no funding. In less than 12 weeks, this grassroots guerilla enterprise signed up over 500,000 supporters and received pledges of $13 million. Frankly, this one web upstart was more effective than many established organizations can claim in a year's worth of effort.
- Republican National Committee web site / April 20, 2000 (full text at website)

MoveOn made the world of campaign strategists sit up and take notice last winter when its appeals over the Internet quickly attracted $13 million in pledges to support candidates running against impeachment backers. Last June, it set records for online fund raising by collecting more than $250,000 in just five days, mostly in donations under $50. Political pros were dazzled by MoveOn's demonstration of the Internet's potential to magnify the electoral clout of donors with small purses...
"It's 2000," says Wesley Boyd, a successful software entrepreneur based in Berkeley, Calif., and one of MoveOn's founders. "It's time to go." The organization has so far collected a total of $456,000 for its five candidates. But before votes are cast this fall it hopes to raise millions more for as many as 40 candidates across the country, and to deploy thousands of volunteers in their campaigns. MoveOn's strategy is to target competitive races where its involvement could actually make a difference. If MoveOn were to achieve its ambitious goals, it just might have a big impact on this year's struggle to control Congress, especially the House. Republicans hold only a slim five-vote majority there, and the outcome will "likely be determined in no more than three dozen congressional districts," says Thomas Mann, director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
- Wall Street Journal / January 31, 2000

When Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, husband-and-wife software developers in Silicon Valley, set out on the Internet to protest the congressional impeachment process last fall, they had no idea what they were unleashing. Within days, the couple had generated 500,000 electronic petitions, so many that they had to be parceled out to avoid choking the computer servers on Capitol Hill. When they put out a plea for campaign contributions to help defeat lawmakers who pushed for impeaching President Clinton, they got back an astounding $13 million in pledges for the coming year. It's a sign, political experts say, that the Internet is a new wave in politics, one that could rival or surpass the impact of TV. From the Nixon-Kennedy debate in 1960 to present-day negative ads, TV remade political discourse into an exchange of sound bites and drove up the cost of campaigning. The Internet holds the potential to counter both those effects.
- USA Today Cover Story / September 1, 1999

Last December, at a Harvard University conference on online politics, Joan Blades held forth on her vision for the Internet. She spoke about returning power to ordinary citizens, moving politics beyond confrontation and the glories of community. It struck some of us in attendance as fuzzy-wuzzy. When she finished speaking, Rich Galen of GOPAC cracked, "," and the back of the room collapsed in laughter. We're not laughing now., run by Blades and her partner Wes Boyd, raised $250,000 in a five-day burst before the June 30 FEC filing deadline. That crushed the record for online fundraising. But the way they did it may be far more significant than the amount.
- Michael Cornfield, September Issue Bandwagon/Campaigns & Elections

Politics on the Internet turned a corner in recent weeks, and neither democracy nor cyberspace may be the same again... announced that they had raised $250,000 in five days via the Internet and bundled the money to five Democratic congressional candidates, four of whom are challenging pro-impeachment Republican incumbents. A week later the figure was $358,000 and still climbing. The average contribution was less than $50... And that, political professionals say, would be nothing short of revolutionary. If candidates can use the Internet to raise significant funds through small donations and attract and organize volunteers at relatively little cost and labor, it could radically alter the balance of power in politics... "If you have lots and lots of small contributions you really are not beholden to anybody but the broad public interest," said Harvard University professor Elaine Kamarck...
- Scripps Howard News Service / July 22, 1999

Thousand of Internet users, fed up with the impeachment process, have gone online in the past three weeks and pledged more than $10 million to try to defeat the politicians they believe have ignored voters' wishes to censure President Clinton and move on to other business, the operators of a new grassroots Web site say.
- New York Times / January 8, 1999 (full text of article online)

As Senators plot the shape and scale of a Senate impeachment trial against President Clinton, an Internet-based group dedicated to ending the proceedings is stepping up its activism and promising to punish impeachment-minded lawmakers in the next election."
- Los Angeles Times / January 13, 1999

How can there be such a phenomenon as electronic political activism? What's so active about clicking a mouse button when sending an e-mail or logging on to a Web site? But with $13 million and more than 650,000 volunteer hours pledged to Censure and Move On, a grass-roots Internet campaign against the impeachment trial of President Clinton, the realm of political activism now must bend its boundaries to include cyberspace.
- Washington Post / February 1, 1999, the Web site that made news last year when it drew some 450,000 signatures to an online petition calling Congress to "censure President Clinton and move on," on Friday announced a new online lobbying initiative: a gun control petition. In the aftermath of the school shootings in Littleton, Colo., co-founder Wes Boyd said the site's "Gun Safety First" petition pressures Congress to regulate guns for safety like other consumer products, institute child safety standards for gun manufacturers and force gun show operators to check buyers' backgrounds.
- ZDNet / April 30, 1999 (full text of article online)

In response to this month's massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., Joan Blades and Wes Boyd started an online gun control drive on their Web site,, last Thursday night. By yesterday, they had gathered more than 42,000 signatures... The new "Gun Safety First" campaign promotes the "commonsense regulation of firearms," such as child safety standards for gun manufacturers and laws forcing gun-show operatiors to enact more stringent background checks on buyers. "It's another issue where a vast majority of citizens want reasonable gun control but what's happening inside the Beltway in not reflecting that desire," Blades said. "This is an opportunity for people who are concerned to become an effective voice."
- San Francisco Chronicle / May 5, 1999

Earliest Coverage

Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., received 3,121 e-mails from Move On, more than any House member. Maloney's press secretary, Terese Schlachter, said the e-mails did bolster Maloney's decision to stick with the Democrats and vote for a limited inquiry.
- San Francisco Chronicle / October 15, 1998

(Congressman Bart Stupak) is emboldened by 205 e-mails that have come into his office over the past 36 hours arguing for Congress to Censure President Clinton and move on "to pressing issues facing the country." He tells two of his Michigan delegation colleagues, Lynn Rivers and Debbie Stabenow, of his decision. He shares it with Bonior because "I was probably the last holdout."
- Washington Post / October 9, 1998

A new grassroots organization aims to leverage the Internet to ask Congress to "immediately censure President Clinton and move on to pressing issues facing the country."
- CNN Interactive / September 26, 1998

Those who are simply tired of partisan bickering can wend their way to Huffington's neighbors at and exhort Congress to "immediately censure President Clinton and Move On to pressing issues facing the country."
- Salon / September 26, 1998

Just how powerful is the Net as a grass-roots political tool? Joan Blades and Wes Boyd plan to find out. On Tuesday, the two founders of Berkeley Systems, known for its best-selling After Dark screen savers, posted a petition on the Web ( inviting fellow citizens to express collective disgust at Washington's protracted preoccupation with President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky and to urge Congress to turn its attention to more important matters.
- New York Times / September 24, 1998

Censure and Move On, a bipartisan group formed last weekend, hopes to gather megabytes worth of 'signatures' to force a quick congressional censure vote.
- San Jose Mercury / September 24, 1998

(Censure and Move On) petitions for Clinton's censure and urges "government to get back to work."
- San Francisco Chronicle / September 24, 1998

Blades and husband, Wes Boyd, founded the 'purely volunteer effort' and its site,, after finding themselves talking to citizens around the country who felt that their representatives in Congress were not listening to their desire to move past the Lewinsky incident.
- The Industry Standard / September 24, 1998