Great article in Grist June 5, 2009 : 4:35 PM

Grist recently ran a great article about the work of the Alliance for Climate Protection:

"The plan, according to Alliance CEO Maggie Fox, is to organize "the biggest mobilization that the climate movement has ever seen.""

"Getting into the field"

"Fox came to the Alliance in March from America Votes, a coalition of progressive groups that coordinates get-out-the-vote drives in swing states. She replaced Cathy Zoi, who left to join the Obama administration as assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy."

"The Alliance recently brought on other veterans of national political campaigns: Steve Hildebrand, the Obama campaign's deputy national campaign director, is working as a consultant for the project. Steve Bouchard, a veteran of the 2004 and 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns, is campaign manager for the Alliance. Brian Rogers, spokesperson for John McCain's presidential campaign last year, has come on board as research director."

"The group is hiring a fleet of veteran field organizers who cut their teeth during the Obama campaign, and who bring a wealth of grassroots organizing skills. Since the beginning of the year, the group's paid staff has grown from 20 people to 120, with plans to expand up to 250 in the next few months. The Alliance has moved its headquarters from California to Washington, D.C., but at the same time sent many of its organizers far outside the Beltway. New hires include 16 state directors and 55 regional field organizers, working in a total of 28 states, with a particular emphasis on the districts of swing-vote representatives in the Midwest and South who need encouragement to support climate legislation."