Spearheaded by MoveOn.org, the fledgling RRAN issued a statement hailing “President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget” as a “visionary blueprint that turns away from the failed economic policies of the past and seeks to invest in our future” by means of “major investments in health care reform, education, and clean energy, while restoring fairness to our tax system and reducing military expenditures over time in a responsible manner.” The RRAN statement predicted that the foregoing priorities, if enacted, would: “turn back the harsh trend of rising poverty, unemployment, hunger and homelessness”; “expan[d] health care coverage”; “mak[e] college more affordable”; “suppor[t] the financial and nutritional needs of low income families”; “expan[d] affordable housing”; “inves[t] in a far-reaching policy that will develop clean sources of energy and protect the planet by reducing global warming pollution”; and “generate good jobs to rebuild our middle class.”
RRAN focuses its attention chiefly on state-level, rather than national-level, initiatives aimed at influencing public opinion. The longtime activist Heather Booth oversees the coalition from the offices of USAction. Another key RRAN staffer is former Obama campaign aide Aaron Pickrell.
RRAN serves as “the field organizing complement” to Progressive Media, an entity launched in February 2009 to provide leftist activists with a consistent set of political talking points that can be used to discredit Republicans and critics of President Obama's policies generally.
A key funder of RRAN and many of its constituent groups is the billionaire financier of the left, George Soros.
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