Journal / Statement From MoveOn.org

statement by wes boyd, founder of moveon.org voter fund:

the republican national committee and its chairman have falsely accused moveon.org of㊠sponsoring ads on its website which compare president bush to adolf hitler.㊠the claim is deliberately and maliciously misleading.

㊠during december the moveon.org voter fund invited members of the public to submit ads that purported to tell the truth about the president and his policies.ãŠãŠ more than 1,500 submissions from ordinary americans came in and were posted on a web site, bushin30seconds.org, for the public to review.ãŠ

㊠none of these was our ad, nor did their appearance constitute endorsement or sponsorship by moveon.org voter fund.㊠they will not appear on tv. ãŠwe do not support the sentiment expressed in the two hitler submissions.㊠they were voted down by our members and the public, who reviewed the ads and submitted nearly 3 million㊠critiques in the process of choosing the 15 finalist entries.

㊠we agree that the two ads in question were in poor taste and deeply regret that they slipped through our screening process.㊠in the future, if we publish or broadcast raw material, we will create a more effective filtering system.

㊠contrast this with the behavior of the rnc and its allies when supporters of㊠president bush used tv ads morphing the faces of sens. tom daschle (d-sd) and max cleland (d-ga)㊠into that of osama bin laden during the 2002 senate races.

㊠moveon.org and the moveon.org voter fund exist to bring the public into the political process and produce a more fact-based election process.㊠we regret that the rnc doesnã•t seem to embrace the same goals.

-wes boyd