The MoveOn political machine exceeds all expectations
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According to its DC political maestro Tom Mattzie, MoveOn is involved in 57 races -- up from 30 a few weeks ago; it has 101,453 volunteers plugged into phone banks, house parties and their " Call From Home" phone system. They will have 161 staff on Election Day with 39 field offices in 25 states. Now that is a political operation.
MoveOn's goal for voter contacts through the end of Election Day was to actually talk to 450,000 people several times. They will pass that goal today, Sunday. According to lead honcho Eli Pariser, MoveOn has made 4.43 million calls to voters -- 805,000 on Saturday alone. People are holding over 3,000 parties across the country. That's 50% more parties than MoveOn has ever done in one round. at this point they are adding something like 4,000 new volunteers a day.
MoveOn leaders joke that their nickname is "Liquid Phone" because they just keep adding volunteers. They say the closer the races are, the more excited their volunteers get. The more excited the people get, the more GOTV work they can do and the more races we can compete in. Quite a nice situation to be in.
Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.