MoveOn’s $1 million Draft Elizabeth Warren for President campaign kicked off in Iowa on Wednesday evening.
After 81% of the left-wing group’s members voted to spend $1 million to convince Warren to enter the race, nearly 80 Iowans showed up to a coffee shop to help organize the campaign in the state that host the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
According to the Des Moines Register, MoveOn has already “found Democrats in 95 of the 99 counties who say they want to volunteer for this draft campaign.” The group will soon “hire a state director, field staff and regional field organizers” and also “open offices in Iowa, and conduct focus groups and polling.” They will plan to organize on the ground in New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries.
This is the group’s first “draft-a-candidate” effort in its 16-year history, according to the Register.
“This moment is just built for a Warren message,” Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org’s political action committee, told outlet. “Iowa is where it all begins and where conventional wisdom can turn on its head overnight and where ordinary activists get a voice and any candidate can get a fair hearing.”
The “Ready for Warren” group and hundreds of former Obama campaign workers are also urging Warren to run for president.
Left-wing activists lauded and gushed over Warren when she took on the White House in a fiery Senate floor speech and opposed the so-called “CRomnibus” bill because of provisions that weakened Dodd-Frank regulations for big banks.