Wes Boyd, Founder of MoveOn.org Voter Fund, Sets Republican National Committee Chair and Record Straight

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MoveOn.org Founder Regrets Screening Process Allowed Hitler Ads Through http://www.moveon.org

The Republican National Committee and its chairman have accused MoveOn.org Voter Fund of sponsoring website ads comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler. "The claim that MoveOn.org sponsored the ads comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler is deliberately and maliciously misleading, " said Wes Boyd, Founder of MoveOn.org Voter Fund.

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. More than 1,500 submissions from ordinary Americans resulted and were posted on the website http://www.bushin30seconds.org for the public to review and evaluate.

Said Boyd, "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. We 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."

The RNC Chairman's attack prompted Boyd to explain, "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."

Added Boyd, "Contrast this attack with the behavior of the RNC and its allies when supporters of President Bush used TV ads morphing the face of Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) into the image of Osama Bin Laden during the 2002 Senate race."

"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 Republican National Committee doesn't seem to embrace the same goals," said Boyd.


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