Democrat-affiliated leftist advocacy group MoveOn has revealed a $30 million campaign to defeat Republican candidates in this year’s federal midterm elections around the country. As part of the electoral campaign, the group also plans to fight for “abortion rights,” LGBTQIA+ issues, and further erosion of national election security laws.
The plan of attack will specifically target a select group of GOP candidates endorsed by President Donald Trump, including House, Senate, and state races. The organization said it will also endorse select Democratic candidates and will bundle as much as $1 million in direct campaign contributions to some.
MoveOn has already officially endorsed Stacey Abrams for governor in Georgia and Beto O’Rourke for governor in Texas. Abrams has said banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected would be “evil.” O’Rourke has promised to use state power to harm churches that oppose homosexual marriage and has openly challenged Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for his refusal to confiscate guns after the school shooting in Texas earlier this week.
Politico reports that MoveOn is planning to target two voting blocs primarily. They are interested in attracting “surge voters” who may not normally come out to vote in a midterm election and Democrats who are emotional and angry about the prospect of the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
MoveOn executive director Rahna Epting told reporters that the campaign is “about all of us versus MAGA.” She said the group’s target is not only President Trump but what she calls the “disease” that has taken over the Republican Party.
A press statement from MoveOn Political Action, the group’s PAC operative, said that MoveOn is “mobilizing millions of voters” to fight against the “extreme right” that they say want to harm American democracy by controlling Democratic bodies and overturn elections.
It goes on to say that the choice in this year’s midterms is “dire” and pits “the majority who support democracy” against MAGA Republicans who “attempted to overthrow our government.” The statement said the GOP threat is now even greater as the Trump justices are “ready to overturn Roe.” It warns that Republicans are waiting to criminalize abortion and take them back in time to an era of “forced births.”
MoveOn dates back to the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 and urged Americans to “move on” from a scandal that was “only about sex.”