left Mike Gravel’s name off in their online poll (updated)

Updated: Feb 1, 2008 Obama won the endorsement, see below.

Updated: Feb 1, 2008 MoveOn replied to my message, see below.

Dandelion Salad left Mike Gravel’s name off in their online poll

Please let them know how you feel about this.

This is their reply so far to my comment about this.

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We welcome your comments and suggestions.
We get a lot feedback, so please don’t count on a personal reply.
But all mail is read and carefully considered.

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Their reply:

As we have tracked our member’s preferences over the year, Senator Gravel has never risen above a couple percentage points at any time. That, combined with the fact that he is only on the ballot in 20 states, made it obvious that MoveOn members are only considering between the two remaining national candidates.

We very much respect Senator Gravel and his lifetime of commitment to public service.

Thanks for all you do!

-Marika Shaub.

Member Service Manager,

Here’s a screenshot:


~ Lo


From an email:

Note: I took out the link to my personal ballot

Dear MoveOn Member,

We have a big decision to make. Yesterday, John Edwards left the race for president, leaving just two major Democratic candidates. And next Tuesday, over half of MoveOn’s members will go to the polls in the biggest primary day in American history.

Right now, we have an opportunity to influence who our next president is—3.2 million MoveOn members together. When we surveyed over 200,000 MoveOn members yesterday to see if we should go forward with an endorsement process, a big majority said “yes.”

So it’s time to ask the question: Who should MoveOn endorse in the Democratic primary? If two-thirds of MoveOn members support one candidate, we’ll campaign for that candidate together. Here’s your ballot—vote today:

The above link is your personal presidential endorsement ballot for the Democratic nomination—it can be used only by you. It’s important to vote immediately. Voting lasts until 11 a.m. Eastern tomorrow—Friday, February 1st. Then the ballots are counted, and we’ll announce whether anyone met the 2/3 threshold.

If we can agree on a candidate by tomorrow, our endorsement will give that candidate a significant boost going into Super Tuesday, just a few days away. In addition to mobilizing MoveOn members to vote, our endorsement would mean that we campaign actively, as a unified movement, to elect a candidate who will represent us.

Each week over the past year, randomly selected MoveOn members filled out a survey about which candidate they supported. For months, MoveOn members were divided among many candidates—and many of us were waiting to see who would take bold progressive positions on the issues. But with Edwards dropping out, it’s down to just two major candidates. And especially with Super Tuesday right around the corner, many progressives are making up their minds. Now’s the time we can band together to make a difference.

Here’s how MoveOn’s endorsement process works:

  • Everyone who is a MoveOn member as of noon Eastern on Wednesday, January 30th, and will be at least 18 years old by November 4th, 2008 gets one vote.
  • Voting lasts now through 11:00 a.m. Eastern tomorrow—Friday, February 1st. This will allow MoveOn to make an endorsement in time to make a difference on Super Tuesday.
  • MoveOn will only endorse a candidate if more than 2/3 of our members select that candidate. These are the same rules MoveOn has applied in contested Democratic congressional primaries. If MoveOn endorses a candidate, we will immediately start campaigning for that candidate.
  • If no candidate receives more than 2/3 of the votes cast, MoveOn will encourage members to vote and play an active role in the primary process, but will not endorse at this time.
  • We are taking extra security measures to protect the integrity of the vote. A random sampling of voters will get verification phone calls after voting. We’ve also ensured that each ballot is unique to one MoveOn member—so forwarding links will not allow more people to vote.

Click here to vote:

2008 will be an exciting year. Together, we have an opportunity to make a big difference.

Thanks for all you do,

–Eli, Wes, Joan, Justin, Adam G., Adam R., Ilyse, Karin, Nita, Noah, Marika, Laura, Peter, Anna, Matt, Daniel, Carrie, Tanya, and the Political Action Team
Thursday, January 31st, 2008

P.S. If you want more information about the candidates before voting, one good source is the Democratic debate on CNN tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Updated: Feb 1, 2008

With hundreds of thousands of ballots cast across the country, for the first time in MoveOn’s history, we’ve voted together to endorse a presidential candidate in the primary. That candidate is Barack Obama.

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  6. After nearly a decade of membership in MoveOn, this FORCED endorsement by MoveOn so disgusted me, I decided it was time to move on myself.

    As for their comment about you’re only getting 2% polling from their members, 90% of their members didn’t endorse either Clinton or Obama in this FORCED endorsement. has become as bad as the MSM. The seems to be the norm for any group that gets large enough.

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  8. Thanks for posting this Dandelion Salad. I agree. IMHO, was just as effective as the traditional media in its efforts to minimize the choices. Minimizing choice is occurring on the right, too. In the end, many of the American people won’t be voting for who they actually ‘want.’ Instead, they will choose from those who are presented to them (or shoved down their throats, depending on how you look at it) – on both sides. Shame. I get a kick out of the prevailing notion in today’s primary climate: “We don’t care who gets the nomination, as long as it’s a {Democrat} {Republican}. How’s that for raising the bar?

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