Monday, October 01, 2007

MoveOn Who?

After two weeks of being hammered in the headlines, whaddya know?

More than two-thirds of the American public (67%) does not know or have an opinion about, according to, ahem, Fox News' own polling.

The progressive lobbying organization has been doing just fine lately, where it counts: with money donations and membership growth.

Due to controversy surrounding the Petraeus newspaper ad, MoveOn has reportedly seen a spike in its membership and its fundraising, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Here are some questions and answers about how operates and how it and others direct money to political candidates.

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Telephone Polling The Central Coast

Just received a call that quizzed me in a "survey" of voter opinions and attitudes. That's what I'd call it, and I played along with this 20-minute exercise to learn who was behind it.

I also learned how little I know of state politics when quizzed on certain names. Later, I found how crucially important know who is who can be. (The following are linked to essential public records information.)

Do any of these names sound familiar to you? Tony Strickland, Jim Dantona or Hanna Beth Jackson? What can you tell me about candidates and potential contenders for California's 19th State Senate District?

Not much, eh? Yeah, about as much as I knew, too. But this phone call, a polling survey, served to wake me up a good deal. As a progressive, I have been looking to make a difference on a local level and now I may have found another opportunity.

And of course, you already know what I think of our pro-torture, congressman Elton Gallegly.

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