Sunday, December 15, 2013

Re: MoveOn sells out?

Hi there—I wanted to make sure you saw my message from the other day. MoveOn: 100% member-funded, tiny staff, fiercely independent, zero corporate money. Will you help keep it that way in 2014? Click here to chip in $15 a month. —Anna 

Dear MoveOn member,

Some hard news in this holiday season: Effective January 1, we're selling out to Monsanto and other big corporations. 

Not enough MoveOn members have chipped in to support the organization over the last few months. To keep operations going, we see no other option than to start taking big corporate money. 

Soon you'll see ads from corporations on our website. ExxonMobil has asked to sponsor some vigils in the new year. Monsanto and Koch Industries are itching to run ads on our website to "set the record straight."

We just didn't want you to be surprised.



** Satire Alert.**

Is your heart beating faster? Mine is. That was terrifying to write out, even in jest.

To be clear: the above is completely false. It's an absurd doomsday scenario that won't happen—and I'm sharing it here to remind us of what's so essential about who we are.  I'll say more below, but can you please chip in $15 a month to keep MoveOn strong and independent heading into 2014?

Yes, I can chip in to keep MoveOn strong and independent.

Sorry, I can't.

No more satire. Here's what's true:

MoveOn does not and will not take big checks from CEOs, giant corporations, unions, or foundations. We're entirely funded by our members. 

Our average monthly donation is just over $13. 

Our 100% member-funded approach sets us apart from virtually everyone else. It allows us to be fiercely independent. It allows us to stand up to Republicans—and Democrats too, when they need it—to advocate for our shared, common-sense values. 

Values like: Choose diplomacy instead of war. Health care is a human right. Access to the ballot box shouldn't depend on your wealth or skin color. We can create jobs and have a thriving economy without poisoning the water we drink and the air we breathe.  

These aren't just the values of our tiny 27-person staff. These are the values of most Americans, including MoveOn's 8 million members. 

And our unique funding model allows us to help MoveOn members stand up and speak out loudly without any fear of lost revenue or other retribution.

MoveOn belongs to you. Will you donate $15 a month to keep it that way?

Yes, I will help out.

No, sorry, I can't. 

There IS one germ of truth in the scary scenario above. We can't keep doing what we do unless we continue to meet our budget as we always have: one grassroots donor at a time. To move forward with the game-changing strategy MoveOn needs in 2014, we need to know we can count on your ongoing support.

Thanks for all you do (and sorry if I spooked you!).

–Anna, Mark, Maria, Stephen, and the rest of the team

P.S. Right now, we're $576,970.58 short of where we need to be by December 31 in order to be in a strong position heading into a big election year. Will you chip in $15 a month to keep MoveOn healthy heading into 2014?




Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 8 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

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