Tom Matzzie is a progressive political and media strategist. He is recent founder and chair of Accountable America. Tom Mattzie has worked in progressive politics for more than a decade - with MoveOn.org, the AFL-CIO, Campaign for America's Future and campaigns at the presidential and statewide level. At MoveOn, he created ground-breaking campaigns on corruption and the war in Iraq that set the stage for the 2006 Democratic takeover. The MoveOn 2006 election program successfully targeted for defeat 29 out of 36 Republicans. The Politico wrote that the intensity of Tom's campaigning, "rattled the entire Republican caucus." The New York Times Magazine said of his work on Iraq that they are to progressives, "...what the NRA is to the Right." Tom Mattzie was named one of the "Forty Under Forty to Watch" by Washingtonian Magazine for his role as a leader in the emerging new politics.
Progressive States Network Gala
April 19, 2007, Progressive States Network’s first annual gala honored U.S. Senator Jon Tester, U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, and Deborah Rappaport. Awards were also presented to Iowa State Senator Joe Bolkcom, Kansas State Senator Donald Betts, and Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles. Participants talked about promoting their legislative agenda and public policy advocacy. They also talked about issues such as operations in Iraq, grassroots organizing and recruitment, and public participation.
Other speakers included Joel Barkin Executive Director Progressive States Network, Steve Doherty Founding Co-Chair Progressive States Network, Senators Al Franken and Bernie Sanders, Lisa Seitz Gruwell Chief Operating Officer Skyline Public Works, Washington (State) Tom Matzzie Director MoveOn.org, David Sirota Founding Co-Chair Progressive States Network.