There is no better day than today to use the “Blogosphere” category for this post on the ActBlue Blog.
While you can see more of the action over at the Open Left where I’m guest hosting today, here is an updated roundup of all the posts so far talking about ActBlue on the 4th Annual Blogosphere Day.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released this statement.
am immensely proud that 17 of my Senate colleagues have joined me in
using ActBlue to build our Democratic majority, and I expect many more
to do so this election cycle.
Blogosphere Day celebrates the
greatest aspiration of our democracy: people coming together to change
the direction of their country. By enabling Democrats from all walks
of life to work together, to pool their passion and energy, and to
elect candidates who represent their values, ActBlue has created a
unique strategic advantage for the Democratic Party.
investment in ActBlue builds resources for our best candidates, our
best activists, and our best ideas — and your contribution today makes
the biggest difference as we pave the road to November 2008.
Please support ActBlue today.
Sen. John Kerry was blogging at Firedoglake.
Just a few months ago, we made the strategic decision to partner
with ActBlue on all of our fundraising. One reason for that was that we
wanted to take advantage of some of the innovative possibilities
ActBlue make possible, such as our ŇRoadblock Republicans’ campaign.
We’ve already raised nearly 100K targeting ActBlue’s Democratic nominee
funds for the opponents of some key Republican Senators. The idea that
someone could raise funds in a pressure campaign like that targeting
specific members was pretty new, and it got a lot of attention on the
Hill. And, hopefully, gave my Republican colleagues another factor to
consider when they think of blocking more legislation to really change
course in Iraq.
The other reason we partnered with ActBlue was to support the
overall efforts of the netroots. And that’s why I’m writing today to
support Blogosphere Day, and it’s drive to raise funds for ActBlue. The
time to build infrastructure for next year’s election is right now, and
ActBlue will bring in tens of millions of dollars for Democratic
candidates and progressive causes over this cycle. They are the largest
vehicle for the expression of the financial power of the netroots, and
that power goes a long way towards bringing about a new progressive
future for our country.
Gen. Wesley Clark posts at Huffington Post.
That’s why today is so important. Today is Blogosphere Day — a day that realizes the great promise of our democracy: people coming together from across America to change the direction of our country. In the past, the progressive blogosphere has united on July 19 to support a specific candidate, and I was proud to support Blogosphere Day candidates Paul Hackett and Ned Lamont.
Now on the 4th annual Blogosphere Day, it’s time to invest in our infrastructure, and that means supporting ActBlue. This isn’t just about 2008, 2010, or any specific election. It’s about building support for activists, for new ideas, and for candidates from the local to national level. Supporting ActBlue not only strengthens the progressive movement, but it strengthens our democracy.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois writes at Daily Kos.
Today, on the 4th annual Blogosphere Day, we celebrate the many
important ways that progressive blogs have changed our democracy for
the better — while also making sure we nurture and invest in the
blogosphere, making it an even greater force for positive change in the
months and years ahead. That’s why I hope you’ll support ActBlue.
By building our online Democratic infrastructure today, especially
ActBlue, we’re creating a platform that will support all of our
candidates, our activists, and our ideas in 2008 and beyond. ActBlue
has already done so much to help our progressive movement — now it’s
time for us to help them.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy released this statement.
Today we celebrate one of best things to happen to the
Democratic Party in a long time: the emergence of vibrant online
communities that connect Americans through healthy discussion.
2006 was a landmark year for Democrats and ActBlue’s fundraising
a big part of that success. Now as we look to grow the Democratic
Majority in 2008, I’m thankful that Actblue and the larger community of
and other online technologies are here to provide the kind of energy
resources we need to win.
Sen. Chris Dodd has released a statement about Blogosphere Day.
Today is the fourth annual Blogosphere Day and the netroots are coming
together to support ActBlue. I congratulate ActBlue for their continued
success as the online clearinghouse for Democratic action. They have
helped Democratic candidates around the country and at all levels of
government raise over $25 million since 2004.
Yesterday, blogger Matt Stoller wrote,
“ActBlue is a representation of what is great about our country, that
the principles of diversity, openness, transparency, and collective
action can and do work.” I couldn’t agree more. ActBlue has set the
ground for Democratic growth nationwide, by removing traditional
barriers that have limited political participation.
ActBlue has enabled the Democratic grassroots to come together and
effectively support Democratic success — their work deserves wide
recognition for its value.
As a candidate who has benefited from ActBlue’s work, I’m proud to
donate on Blogosphere Day in support of ActBlue’s continued efforts to
provide tools that enable all Democrats a chance to succeed and help
turn America “blue.”