MoveOn has received financial support from numerous leftist organizations, including the Compton Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society Institute, the Shefa Fund, the Stern Family Fund, the Steven and Michelle Kirsch Foundation, and the Tides Foundation. Following a September 17, 2003 meeting between Soros and Boyd in New York, Soros and his associates gave nearly $6.2 million to MoveOn over a period of six months. The contributions included $2.5 million from George Soros personally; $2.5 million from Peter B. Lewis of Progressive Insurance; $971,427 from Stephen Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment; $100,000 from Benson & Hedges tobacco heir Lewis Cullman; and $101,000 from Soros’ 34-year-old son Jonathan Soros, an attorney and financier recently promoted to deputy manager of Soros Fund Management LLC.
Jonathan Soros has become personally involved with MoveOn.org’s activities. In December 2003, he collaborated with techno-rocker Moby to organize “Bush in 30 Seconds,” an online contest for the best 30-second anti-Bush TV ad.
As of 2006, MoveOn’s campaigns included the following:
a) 2006 Plan for Victory: “Democratic control of Congress will mean we can finally move forward with big ideas like health care for all Americans or energy independence, and make sure the troops get home safely and soon from Iraq.”
b) Restore the Rule of Law: “President Bush admitted to personally authorizing thousands of allegedly illegal wiretaps, and he doesn’t plan to stop. In response to this historic abuse of power, which threatens the very core of our Constitution, we’ve mounted a petition to ‘Restore the Rule of Law.'”
c) Get Out of Iraq in 2006: This campaign “circulat[ed] a petition calling on Congress to insist on an exit strategy to bring the troops home in 2006.”
d) Operation Democracy: This project sought to “Fight the Right and Elect Progressives” with “a national network of neighborhood teams to take our progressive message to every town in the country.” It focused on “critical issues like Supreme Court nominees, Social Security and the war in Iraq.”
At the March 2008 “Take Back America” conference sponsored by Campaign for America’s Future (CAF), MoveOn joined CAF and five additional leftist organizations in announcing plans for “the most expensive [$350 million] mobilization in history this election season.” The initiative focused on voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote drives. Other members of the coalition included ACORN, the AFL-CIO, the National Council of La Raza, Rock the Vote, and the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund.
MoveOn endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race. In a massive effort aimed at pushing Obama to victory, MoveOn dispatched approximately a million volunteers to work on his campaign nationwide — 600,000 in battleground states and 400,000 in non-battleground states. In addition, MoveOn registered more than 500,000 young Obama supporters to vote in battleground states, while adding a million young people to its member rolls during the summer of 2008 and mobilizing them. All told, MoveOn and its members contributed more than $58 million directly to the Obama campaign, while raising and spending at least another $30 million in independent election efforts on behalf of other Democrats across the United States.
Shortly after Republican Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, MoveOn — along with the ANSWER Coalition and Socialist Alternative — played a major role in orchestrating massive, sometimes violent, anti-Trump protests in cities all across the United States. The day after the election, MoveOn issued a press release that said: “Tonight, thousands of Americans will come together at hundreds of peaceful gatherings in cities and towns across the nation, including outside the White House, following the results of Tuesday’s presidential election. The gatherings — organized by MoveOn.org and allies — will affirm a continued rejection of Donald Trump’s bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and misogyny and demonstrate our resolve to fight together for the America we still believe is possible.” Within two hours of the call-to-action, MoveOn members had organized more than 200 protests nationwide.