If you’ve ever entered your email address on MoveOn.org’s website, you know pressing “submit” is followed quickly by calls to donate cash to help so-and-so get elected. Hey, sometimes their campaigning even works! But wait, MoveOn — which runs its own PAC called MoveOn Political Action — has a problem with companies like Target donating to PACs to influence elections? Isn’t this how MoveOn gets a substantial amount of its own money?
Among the companies that directly or indirectly gave money to MoveOn: GlaxoSmithKline, AT&T, Geico and Goldman Sachs, relays Abe Sauer. That’s because those companies donate money to various PACs, and these various PACs give their money to MoveOn. It’s a brilliant and legal game of money laundering, where MoveOn gets to say its coffers are clean while engaging in the same fundraising tactics that, say, MN Forward uses to elect the candidates it likes.
So when you favorite car insurance provider or wireless company donates money that finds its way into MoveOn’s budget, which then goes to influence elections, it’s OK. But when companies like Target and Best Buy donate money to PACs to influence elections, it isn’t.
Wasn’t it MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben (pictured, top) who just got done saying, “Americans have spoken: we don’t want corporations meddling in our democracy. Corporate money in elections is nothing more than political bribery and we’re not going to stop targeting Target until they stop trying to buy our elections.” Surely, then, Mr. Ruben will be returning the funds it received from Sun Microsystems and JP Morgan Chase.