MoveOn.org Endorses Millionaires Tax of 2012

by Steve Hopcraft, 2012-03-02

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Restoring California, the coalition of educators and community leaders sponsoring the Millionaires Tax of 2012 initiative for the November ballot in California, today announced that MoveOn.Org, the 5 million member online advocacy group, endorsed the ballot measure. MoveOn polled its over 900,000 California members to ask if they support the measure. An endorsement requires a 2/3 vote, and a remarkable 94% voted to endorse. MoveOn.org is known nationally as a leading online progressive force in American politics today.

“MoveOn members overwhelmingly voted online -- with 94% in support -- to endorse California’s Millionaires Tax of 2012 ballot initiative, sponsored by the Courage Campaign, the California Federation of Teachers, student associations, and the California Nurses Association, among others. Our members clearly believe that millionaires who have done so well in our state should do well by our state,” said Wes Boyd, president and co-founder of MoveOn. “We must begin to restore public education, including our world- class higher education system, to its former glory, and provide this crucial infrastructure, opportunity and support to our kids coming up -- the very same foundation that has made success possible for millionaires in the great state of California.”

Rick Jacobs, chair and founder of the 750,000-strong Courage Campaign, one of the sponsors of the Millionaires Tax of 2012, commented, “We welcome the powerful endorsement of MoveOn's members. The message is clear: progressives across the nation and all over this state welcome the Millionaires Tax of 2012 as a clear, simple means by which to put the people’s voice into law. Even as President Obama pushes the ‘Buffett Rule,’ we in California are uniting behind our own rule: those who have benefited most from society can and should pay a little more to assure the system works well into the future. We thank MoveOn and its members and look forward to working closely with them through November.”

MoveOn.org gives real Americans a voice in a political process dominated by big money and armies of lobbyists. With over 5 million members across America - from carpenters to stay-at-home moms to business leaders - we work together to realize the progressive promise of our country.

Restoring California is a broad coalition of educators, unions and community groups looking to restore critical funding to schools and universities, essential services for children, seniors, and public safety, as well as start rebuilding the state’ s crumbling roads and bridges. It asks the wealthiest Californians -- people who earn over a million dollars per year -- to pay their fair share to help rebuild the state.