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MoveOn, Humane Society launch ‘I’m with Purr’ push for Clinton

 MoveOn.org Political Action and the Humane Society Legislative Fund  teamed up to launch a new online ad highlighting Hillary Clinton’s record of animal protection and her “expansive” pro-animal campaign platform.

The ad was developed after MoveOn members said protecting animals is a key issue for them and the Humane Society Legislative Fund endorsed Clinton for president.

MoveOn.org represents millions of progressive members nationwide, according to a news release, and HSLF is a nonpartisan political advocacy organization that makes endorsements based on a candidate’s support for animal protection policies.

In their announcement for the campaign, the groups said: “During her eight years in the U.S. Senate, Hillary Clinton was a consistent supporter of animal protection policies, earning a 100 percent score in HSLF’s Humane Scorecard for the 108th Congress, a perfect 100 score in the 109th and an 83 in the 110th.”

In Congress, Clinton:

• Led efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, which allow them to be crammed into overcrowded, stressful and unsanitary factory farms;

• Cosponsored legislation to prohibit the transport and receipt of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption;

• Cosponsored the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act  (S. 261) to prohibit the interstate transfer of animals for animal fighting;

• Cosponsored the Downed Animal Protection Act (S. 1779) to stop the processing of “downer” livestock;

• Cosponsored the Puppy Protection Act (S. 1478) to crack down on abusive “puppy mills” where dogs are treated like production machines;

• Signed letters requesting funds for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to step up enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the federal animal fighting law

The statement from the groups said as secretary of state, Clinton led international efforts to crack down on wildlife trafficking and, through her work at the Clinton Foundation, she helped launch a major campaign against the illegal ivory trade and poaching of elephants.

Here’s the transcript of “I’m With Purr”: Humans aren’t the only ones with a stake in this election. Hillary has a bold platform to protect animals and wildlife.  She wants to:  Strengthen “puppy mill” regulations.  Reduce the overuse of antibiotics.  Pass the “Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.”  Vote Hillary Clinton.  #ImWithPurr.

Groups to suspend Run Warren Run campaign

The groups behind Run Warren Run are suspending their push to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president on June 8. That day, six months after launching the campaign to draft the U.S. senator into a run for the White House, the groups are delivering a petition with 365,000 signatures from supporters.

MoveOn.org Political Action and Democracy for America launched the Run Warren Run campaign in December 2014 with a commitment to invest at least $1.25 million after supermajorities of both groups’ members voted in support.

Over six months, hundreds of thousands voters joined the call for Warren to run. So too did dozens of nationally prominent progressive leaders, including Van Jones, Larry Cohen, Zephyr Teachout, Annie Leonard and Lawrence Lessig, who headlined a Run Warren Run event in New York in April.

The petitions will be delivered to Warren’s office in Washington, D.C.

A news release said, “The groups will then rest their case and suspend their draft effort, pivoting their focus to working alongside Sen. Warren and other progressive populists on issue fights like defeating Fast Track negotiating authority for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.”

Highlighting the progressive campaign’s accomplishment, MoveOn and Democracy for America said with Run Warren Run, they 

 • Signed up more than 365,000 Americans who believe Warren’s vision and track record would make her a great candidate;

• Opened field offices in Iowa and New Hampshire, hired field organizers in both states and built a network of local, grassroots leaders in these key early states committed to encouraging Warren to run.

• Recruited more than 60 state legislators and local party leaders from Iowa and New Hampshire to join the effort.

• Held more than 400 events, including rallies, house parties, teach-ins, honk-and-waves and other events in nearly every state.

• Been endorsed by dozens of prominent organizational leaders, elected officials, celebrities and other progressives.

• Generated coverage in thousands of news stories elevating Warren’s voice and demonstrating a groundswell of grassroots support for her leadership — setting the stage for the presidential race and changing the dynamics of important debates in Washington. 

“Even without her in the race, Elizabeth Warren and the Run Warren Run campaign she inspired have already transformed the 2016 presidential election by focusing every single Democratic candidate on combatting our country’s income inequality crisis,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. “We still think there’s plenty of time for Sen. Warren to change her mind, but now that we’ve shown that she has the support she would need to mount a winning a campaign, we’re excited to take the grassroots juggernaut we’ve built with our members and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Warren in the battles ahead.”

“The Run Warren Run campaign has changed the conversation by showing that Americans are hungry for Elizabeth Warren’s agenda — an agenda that rejects the rigged status quo in Washington and puts working and middle-class Americans over corporate interests,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “We’ve assembled a grassroots army and demonstrated the substantial support Sen. Warren could expect if she were to enter the race. Now it’s time to suspend our active draft efforts and pivot to standing alongside Sen. Warren on the big fights ahead, starting with stopping Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

MoveOn polling members: Should Elizabeth Warren run for president

There’s a good chance WiG readers signed into their email at some point on Dec. 9 and found a message from MoveOn.org inviting them to vote on whether Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren should run for president in 2016.

A news release from MoveOn said the national grassroots progressive Democratic organization stood poised to put its full weight behind an effort to convince Warren to run for president “pending a vote of its membership.”

The 16-year-old group, which says it has 8 million members, is holding its first nationwide membership vote. If the vote succeeds, the group will focus on persuading the Warren, “who has become known as a tireless, passionate advocate for middle-class and working families,” to seek the presidency.

The results were to be announced at 11 a.m. on Dec. 10.

The campaign, if ratified by MoveOn’s members, will include:

• Offices and staff in early primary and caucus states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

• The assembly of a national volunteer army ready to go to work if Warren enters the race.

• Recruiting small-dollar donors who pledge their support.

• Ads and media products.

• An investment of at least $1 million in the first phase of the launch.

“MoveOn’s 8 million members are the volunteers, activists, and supporters who make up a key part of the Democratic base and, if they vote to move forward, we’ll go all out to encourage Sen. Warren to take her vision and track record of fighting tooth-and-nail for working people and the middle class to the White House,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “There is too much at stake to have anything other than our best candidates in the debate. We are prepared to show Senator Warren she has the support she needs to enter—and win—the presidential race.”

Sheyman made the case for launching such an effort to MoveOn members in the email that opened the vote.

MoveOn has prepared a campaign that would include a robust field organizing program, Sheyman said, with a national team-based organizing strategy inspired by President Barack Obama’s grassroots campaign for 2008. In 2008, MoveOn members’ endorsement of then-Sen. Barack Obama just before Super Tuesday delivered a boost to his campaign for the White House. 

For Warren, the campaign would hire organizing staff in early caucus and primary states including Iowa and New Hampshire. MoveOn members would also organize high-visibility social, cultural, and online actions and partner with key organizations and constituencies to highlight the groundswell of support for Warren.

“This is a huge opportunity for MoveOn members, if they choose, to inspire Sen. Warren as she has inspired so many of us,” said Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action. “There is no more tireless, passionate advocate for progressive values. We’re ready to show Senator Warren that we’ve got her back, and that by running for the Democratic nomination for President, she can change the course of history.”

Later on Dec. 9, several progressive Democratic groups also demonstrated an interest in a Warren candidacy.

“Sen. Warren has deep grassroots support, an unwavering populist progressive visio, and the fearless fighting spirit needed to win the support of Democrats, independents and Republicans. And that’s why, pending the results of MoveOn’s vote, we will ask DFA members to support our plans to join the emerging Draft Warren effort,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America.

Target backlash growing

MSNBC has rejected a national TV ad calling for a boycott of Target Corp., but all three Minnesota network affiliates are running the commercial.

MSNBC spokeswoman Alana Russo said the commercial submitted by the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org violates its advertising policy by attacking an individual business directly. The ad features Target’s bulls-eye logo and accuses the chain of trying to buy elections.

MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben said the rejection was “the height of hypocrisy” and accused MSNBC and its corporate parent, General Electric Co., of trying to protect Target from consumer anger.

The dispute over the ad is one in an ongoing series of controversies that were unleashed after it was reported last month that Minneapolis-based Target had given $150,000 last month to a political fund supporting right-wing Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who opposes gay marriage and other rights for same-sex couples and contributes to a radical Christian ministry that calls for the execution of homosexuals.

Gay rights groups have protested at Target’s stores and headquarters. The Human Rights Campaign has announced that it is removing Target along Best Buy Co., which gave $100,000 to the same political fund as Target, from its buyer’s guide. HRC gave both companies a score of 100 in its most recent guide, which was released in November 2009, before the controversial donations became public.

As a result of the controversy, HRC has also announced that it’s revamping the criteria used to evaluate companies for future editions of its corporate equality index, which is the basis for its buyer’s guide.

But the future of the new Minnesota law that let the public know about the polarizing donations from Target Corp., Best Buy Co., and other companies is now in the hands of a federal judge who will decide whether to suspend the disclosure requirement on free speech grounds.

A U.S. district judge said on Aug. 20 he will rule within a month on a request for a temporary injunction to suspend the law, which could free corporations and other independent groups to spend on this year’s election without revealing their identities.

In Wisconsin, a challenge to a similar law has been filed by representatives from both the political right and the political left. That challenge has yet to be resolved.

Under Minnesota law, corporations and other independent political groups must register with state campaign finance regulators. They’re also required to file public reports naming their donors and itemizing their expenditures five times this year.

In addition to LGBT and other progressive activists, institutional shareholders have become caught up in the controversy.

Walden Asset Management and Trillium Asset Management Corp., both of Boston, and Bethesda, Md.-based Calvert Asset Management Co. have filed shareholder resolutions with both Target and Best Buy. Together, the three firms control less than 1 percent of each company’s outstanding shares – 1.1 million Target shares worth $57.5 million and 344,000 Best Buy shares worth $11.3 million – but  they are moving the debate over the political giving to a new arena.

“A good corporate political contribution policy should prevent the kind of debacle Target and Best Buy walked into,” said Trillium vice president Shelley Alpern. “We expect companies to evaluate candidates based upon the range of their positions – not simply one area – and assess whether they are in alignment with their core values. But these companies’ policies are clearly lacking that.”

The shareholders said the donations don’t mesh with corporate values that include workplace protections for gay employees and risk harming the companies’ brands. Walden senior vice president Tim Smith said such giving can have “a major negative impact on company reputations and business.”

The Target resolution urges the board to review the effect of future political contributions on the company’s public image, sales and profitability and to consider the cost of backing a candidate whose politics conflict with the company’s public stances.

Spokeswoman Amy Reilly said Minneapolis-based Target had nothing to add to previous statements on the matter, including an apology from Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel.

A spokeswoman for Richfield, Minn.-based Best Buy didn’t immediately respond to a message.

From WiG and AP reports