|Born||December 5, 1969|
|Occupation||Political and technology consultant|
Zack Exley (born December 5, 1969) is a political and technology consultant, previously employed as the Chief Revenue Officer (formerly Chief Community Officer) at the Wikimedia Foundation. Before that he worked at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy. He is also the co-founder and former president of the New Organizing Institute, a progressive political technology training organization. Politico reported in August 2015 that Exley had joined the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign as a senior advisor responsible for digital communications.
In 2004, he was the Director of Online Communications and Organizing on John Kerry's presidential campaign and, according to British press reports, he directed Internet operations for the UK Labour party's re-election campaign in 2005. In both cases, the campaigns' opponents attacked Exley as a controversial figure, hoping to make his hiring a campaign issue.
Exley was Organizing Director at MoveOn.org during the group's campaign to prevent the Iraq War, and during its controversial involvement with the Dean campaign. He was criticized then too, for "rigging" the "MoveOn Primary" in favor of Dean—a charge the group rejected.
Prior to working for MoveOn, Exley created the political parody website, GWBush.com, as well as cnndn.com, a site that parodied financial reporting. Both sites attracted legal action by the 2000 Bush presidential campaign and CNN, respectively. CNN successfully closed cnndn.com. The Bush attack led to increased publicity for Exley's site and set legal precedent that has allowed political websites to operate without FEC regulation. In response to GWBush.com, George W. Bush—then a presidential candidate—called Exley a "garbage man" and said he believed the website should be forced to be shut down, explaining "There ought to be limits to freedom."
Around the 2000 election controversy, Exley used a website to allow citizens to self-organize more than 100 protests around the United States.
Exley also used to run the site Revolution in Jesusland, a blog that sought to create dialog between the secular left and groups within Evangelical Christianity that promote economic and social justice as a matter of faith.
Exley began his political career working as a union organizer, and has also worked as a computer programmer.
- "Wikimedia Foundation staff and contractors". 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
- "Wikimedia Foundation appoints new CCO and CDGO". 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
- Michelle Evans (2008-03-03). "ThoughtWorks". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
- Wimsatt, William (2010). Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement. Akashic Books. p. 133. ISBN 9781617750113.
- "Bernie Sanders bulks up his digital operation". POLITICO. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
- Svitek, Patrick. "Sanders Campaign Ramps Up in Texas, by Patrick Svitek". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
- The Independent (UK), "No 10 in new dirty tricks row over role of US 'garbage man'," February 27, 2005; RNC Press release, "Zack Attack!", April 5, 2004.
- Franke-Ruta, "Zero Sum," American Prospect, June 6, 2003 from http://www.prospect.org/webfeatures/2003/06/franke-ruta-g-06-25.html
- Techlaw Journal from http://www.techlawjournal.com/election/20000420.htm
- Associated Press, May 21, 1999; Dallas Morning News, May 21, 1999; Jefferson Muzzel Award from http://www.tjcenter.org/past2000.html#item01
- Exley, "Organizing Online" Mother Jones, December 9, 2000 from http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2000/12/countercoup.html
- Neal, Terry. Nov 29, 1999. Satirical Web site poses political test; Facing legal action from Bush, creator cites U.S. tradition of parody. The Washington Post, p, A2
- Revolution in Jesusland(.com) - Exley's blog on new Evangelical politics. Archived from the original on Aug 22, 2008.
- Exley's article on the new Evangelical movement
- Exley's blog posts at Huffington Post
- George W. Bush campaign earns a muzzle award for attack on GWBush.com
- Debate regarding philosophy of online organizing between Exley and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga of DailyKos.