Congressional candidate Donna Edwards is ActBlue’s newest greatest fan. Using ActBlue, Edwards’ Maryland campaign raised $405,133 from 7,286 supporters around the country, building the local and national grassroots network critical to her primary win last week.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Donna said Sunday on YouTube:
ActBlue completely transformed the way that we raised money for this campaign. [I]t took what we were doing at the grassroots level here in the Fourth Congressional District and it spread the message around the country, and so we didn’t just have the Maryland grassroots, we had the national grassroots. It really was because of ActBlue.
[I]’m excited about that, because it means that you…remove the K Street lobbyists from the equation, and candidates like me can rely on small contributions from around the country to support our candidacies. And then it means that…we don’t really have to listen to those guys. We can actually act on our own, and work on policy that makes a difference in people’s lives. ActBlue is tremendous.
Edwards is the first Maryland challenger to defeat an incumbent in the primary in sixteen years—this time by almost fourteen points. The Washington Post calls Edwards’ success the product of a “successful cooperative effort.”
And we know exactly what they’re talking about. They’re talking about you.
(Back to work.)
We asked and you delivered. This morning the Presumptive Nominee Fund for President had raised just $448 from 20 contributors. Today ActBlue Democrats responded to our call to action. As of this post the fund had raised $4,510 from 84 people. The Start Fighting Now page alone has raised $4,013!
Thank you so much for joining our effort.
will help ensure that our candidate is ready to fight the Republican nominee. We’re going to keep building the momentum we’ve started today, and we’d love your help.
Can you help us
ActBlue fights for the Democratic Party in its most vulnerable places. Help our nominee today. Start Fighting Now for the White House!
Are you ready to to take back the White House? I know I am.
At the moment we don’t know who the Democratic nominee will be. What we do know is that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have inspired voters across the nation. We also know that no matter who the nominee is they’re going to need a sizable war chest to defeat the McCain machine.
I’m ready to start fighting now. And ActBlue has a way to do that: the Presumptive Democratic Nominee fund for President. Contributions will be forwarded to the Democratic nominee as soon as he or she has secured the nomination.
Political Director Erin Hill just sent an email out to ActBlue users explaining more. Below is an excerpt from that email. Emphasis mine.
The Republicans have their nominee. Time and time again, this is where Democrats are most vulnerable: we take months to select a nominee, and we fight divided against a unified Republican voice.
The hardest, the biggest, the most important fight right now is the fight for the White House.
We need everyone to start working on building a war chest for
the Democratic Nominee. That’s why we’ve created a way for you to help our nominee even before he or she is chosen.
Donate today to help our candidate hit the ground running.
Are you ready to start fighting now? Here are some steps you can take.
- Contribute through ActBlue’s Start Fighting Now fundraising page.
- Add the Presumptive Democratic Nominee Fund onto your fundraising page or create a new page and start fundraising!
- Spread the word to your friends family and neighbors.
- Join ActBlue’s Start Fighting Now Facebook Group.
ActBlue fights for the Democratic Party in its most vulnerable places. Join us today. Start fighting now for the White House!
The Virginia Legislature is
considering a bill (HB 359) that would require campaigns to attribute
contributions made to them via political action committees to the
individual donor rather than the PAC.
The bill is primarily geared to two PACs, ActBlue and Red Storm. ActBlue has long supported efforts to increase transparency in politics
and is pleased to endorse HB359.
Earlier today Executive Director Jonathan Zucker told reporters:
We’re very excited about this
at ActBlue. This is how
things work at the federal level and in several other states, but
Virginia’s legal structures haven’t permitted this kind of reporting
until now. We’re thrilled to see Virginia moving in this direction. We
thrive on transparency, and we know that politics does, too.