ActBlue Stats Week: Wednesday

It’s quarterly stats time again. On this second day of the weekly
stats report, we’ll highlight the Top 10 Candidates by Contributions
and the Top 10 Candidates by Donors for the first quarter of 2008.

Before we get started, we’d like to thank everyone who wrote to us
about the exciting quarterly statistics we posted yesterday. The
percentages from Tuesday’s post reflect quarterly increases as they
relate to our lifetime totals.  As contributions increase each quarter,
the total contributions increase as well.  While surging numbers in any
context is great news for ActBlue and Democrats, the fact that
quarterly contributions are increasing relative to our lifetime total
is even more impressive. We are growing so fast  that every new quarter makes up a larger percentage of our lifetime total.


We hope that provides some clarity to Tuesday’s numbers.  Today’s is a
much more simple analysis, as we list the Top 10 Candidates by Donors
and Top 10 Candidates by Dollars for the first quarter of 2008.

TOP 10 CANDIDATES BY CONTRIBUTIONS for Q1 ’08

CANDIDATE ELECTION TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Dan Seals IL-10 $244,608.65
Barack Obama President- 2008 $229,833.69
Tom Udall NM-Sen $195,315.47
Rick Noriega TX-Sen $170,604.16
Donna Edwards MD-04 $150,556.83
Dennis Kucinich OH-10 $141,150.32
Steve Novick OR-Sen $136,904.61
Scott Kleeb NE-Sen $135,580.11
Bill Foster IL-14 $133,286.45
Mark Warner VA-Sen $129,837.79

While so much attention is given to the presidential race, it’s important to note the enormous success of these congressional and senatorial campaigns. In this sense, ActBlue is bringing these campaigns to the forefront of Democratic fundraising.


TOP 10 CANDIDATES BY DONORS for Q1 ’08

CANDIDATE ELECTION NO. OF DONORS TOTAL
CONTRIBUTIONS
AVERAGE
CONTRIBUTION
SIZE
Barack Obama President-2008 3335 $229,833.69 $68.92
Dennis Kucinich OH-10 2904 $141,150.32 $48.61
Bill Foster IL-14 2556 $133,286.45 $52.15
Rick Noriega TX-Sen 2542 $170,604.16 $67.11
Donna Edwards MD-04 2430 $150,556.83 $61.96
Darcy Burner WA-08 1922 $45,157.32 $23.49
Mark Pera* IL-03 1903 $70,521.07 $37.06
Eric Massa NY-29 1872 $98,623.79 $52.68
Andrew Rice OK-Sen 1670 $63,902.33 $38.26
Charlie Brown CA-04 1666 $34,058.12 $20.44

*No longer in the race for the IL-03 seat.

We list the Top 10 Candidates by donors to show that strength lies not
only in the number of dollars, but in the number of donors. The
breakdown of
average contributions in this table shows the power of small
individual donations. Because these average contribution sizes are
under $100, campaigns can return to donors to continually solicit
contributions during the election cycle. This puts the control of the campaigns in the hands of the many, rather than the few. (See our post on the value of
recurring contributions here.) ActBlue enables campaigns to
mobilize their grassroots support in a powerful way and allows
individuals to see that every donation counts.

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