DEMOCRATS SURGING; FUNDRAISING ON ACTBLUE BREAKS TWO RECORDS

Democratic fundraising is surging across
the board, as indicated by record-breaking EOQ totals at the Democratic
fundraising hub ActBlue. Fundraising on the site reached an
unprecedented $24 million from more than 199,069 donors*,
contributing to an all-time total of more than $42.35 million.

ActBlue broke a second record yesterday, raising more in one day than
ever before ($799,827.60), nearly as much in a single day as in its entire
first year in operation, when the group first raised eyebrows in
traditional Democratic fundraising circles.

ActBlue, the nation’s largest source of funds for Democrats, produces a
set of tools that allow individuals and groups to raise money for the
candidates and causes of their choice, tools that now power the
fundraising operations of hundreds of congressional and senatorial
candidates and dozens of officeholders. In the four years since its
inception, ActBlue users have outpaced MoveOn and EMILY’s List in
raising funds for Democrats, and bested Republican rivals by several
orders of magnitude.

A list of top fundraisers on ActBlue and top recipients of ActBlue funds is below.

Top fundraisers on ActBlue include groups from every part of the
Democratic spectrum, from establishment Democrats and elected officials
to insurgent Democratic candidates to networks of prominent bloggers.
       

  • Major
    Democratic figures are leading fundraising efforts on ActBlue. Senator Dick Durbin’s effort to support Bill Foster’s Congressional bid in Illinois is online at https://secure.actblue.com/page/durbin4foster. Note Senator Durbin’s use of an embedded video endorsement from Senator Obama.
  • Two
    coalitions of major bloggers, including Blue Majority, a joint project
    of DailyKos, OpenLeft, and the Swing State Project established to
    support congressional candidates, raised funds for more than fifty
    Democrats from more than 4000 donors (https://secure.actblue.com/page/bluemajority). The other coalition, Blue America ’08, unites bloggers from Firedoglake, Digby, Crooks & Liars, and DownWithTyranny at https://secure.actblue.com/page/blueamerica08.
  • Two
    projects of Democracy for America, one supporting a slate of candidates
    and another supporting Oklahoma challenger Andrew Rice (https://secure.actblue.com/page/supported and https://secure.actblue.com/page/supportandrew)
  • The
    "People’s Email Network," which has long supported Dennis Kucinich,
    among others, raised from more individual donors than any other
    fundraising group on ActBlue this quarter.https://secure.actblue.com/page/thepen
  • A
    FISA issue campaign led by Blue America to "fund accountability for
    congressmembers supporting retroactive immunity and warrantless
    wiretaps" raised nearly $48,000 this quarter from 814 people. https://secure.actblue.com/page/fisa
  • Pages
    built to support Rick Noriega’s Texas campaign and Donna Edwards’
    Maryland bid are in the top ten pages by donors and dollars. https://secure.actblue.com/page/ricknoriega

We’ll be highlighting specifics in this week’s Stats Week posts. Stay tuned!

*An earlier version of this post cited 55,000 donors. That’s the number of donors this quarter, not this cycle. Our apologies!

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