It was announced Tuesday that after a poll taken by its membership, the progressive political organization MoveOn would be endorsing Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary.
Ilya Sheyman, Political Action Executive Director for MoveOn, praised Sanders for his win with 78 percent of the votes and promised that the group would help get voters out in early Primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, where the organization has nearly 75,000 members between the two states.
Out of the near 350,000 votes cast, Hillary Clinton received 15 percent of the vote, and Martin O’Malley garnered around 1 percent from the group’s members.
“This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grass-roots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people,” says Ilya Sheyman,
“MoveOn members are feeling the Bern. We will mobilize aggressively to add our collective people power to the growing movement behind the Sanders campaign, starting with a focus on voter turnout in Iowa and New Hampshire.”
MoveOn,org is known for its progressive action and petitioning. The group has been searching for an alternative to Clinton for a while now, even trying to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the race earlier in 2015.
The group was formed in 1998 during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, in which they were sending emails and circulating a petition to “censure President Clinton and move on.”
MoveOn endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 and was able to gather together and mobilize liberal Democrats in opposition of the Iraq War and move likely voters closer to a vote for Obama.
With Bernie Sanders they seem to have a consensus, there is no better candidate for leading the charge in progressive values and stoking the fire of the political left in 2016.