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Tonight marks the end of quarter, and that means one thing here at ActBlue: the start of our quarterly Stats Report. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll publish three quarterly summaries of our progress here.

On Tuesday, we’ll publish raw numbers system-wide: dollars raised, numbers of donors, and more.

On Wednesday, we’ll profile our top 10 candidates by donors and by dollars.

On Thursday, we’ll profile our top 10 fundraising pages, also by dollars and donors, and we’ll profile the top 10 pages with the highest percentage of tippers.

And on Friday, we’ll… oh, wait. Nope. It’s the Fourth of July!

Looking forward to some great news tomorrow!

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ActBlue just released the following statement in response to the Obama campaign’s decision to opt out of the public financing system.

Barack Obama announced this week that his presidential campaign would be opting out of the public financing system.

The decision has been met with considerable, and we think misguided, consternation in the press.

As delightful as it can be to note, and be noted for noting, apparent
contradictions in the actions of public figures, we fear that the media
are missing the broader point here: that in an era of extraordinarily
complex politics, this most recent decision of the Obama campaign
undergirds, rather than undercuts, the campaign’s unwavering commitment
to participatory democracy.

Public financing could work, in a closed system, and it may well be
that such a system would carry certain advantages. But the system, as
it exists, is not closed; funds from special interests often drown out
public monies.

Recognizing this, the Obama campaign chose to opt out of public
financing. The grand irony, of course, is that it would have been
Obama’s other, and far more virtuous, choices-the decision not to
accept money from special interests and lobbyists, for instance-that
would have placed him at a disadvantage relative to the Republican
apparatus, which has not made similar commitments. Had Obama not opted
out, Democrats would have suffered from the apparently virtuous
constraints of the public financing system, gaining perhaps in public
perception but losing ground to a Republican machine that carried in
one hand the banner of campaign finance reform and in the other great
wads of checks from lobbyists.

To accept public financing, in Obama’s case, would have been to choose
a strategy because it looked virtuous. But there is nothing virtuous
about martyring a campaign for the passing glory of a good news cycle.
There is glory in victory, and there is virtue in playing fair. We hope
that the public sees this decision for what it is: a commitment to the
idea that the financing of elections should be the province of the
many, not of the few.

Jonathan Zucker
Executive Director

       
       
       
       
       
       

campaign_newswire_logoActBlue is launching a new service today for journalists and bloggers.

We’re launching the Campaign Newswire in response to repeated requests from members of the media and the blogging community to share with a broader public some of the trends we see here in the course of our work with more than 3000 campaigns.

Journalists often come to us looking for the ‘next big story’ in politics, and campaigns often tell us they like the free media that follows from our quarterly stats posts. The Campaign Newswire is an effort to serve both the journalistic and campaign communities, and we hope it will be helpful to all.

Beginning next week, we’ll release a report each Tuesday with an
insider’s look at statistics from campaigns across the country and up
and down the ballot, featuring the week’s top ten campaigns. We’ve put up a preview today, for your weekend reading!

We invite you to subscribe to the Campaign Newswire RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/ActBlueCampaignNewswire.

We hope this service is useful to you. We’re eager to hear your suggestions for how to make what we’re doing more helpful to you and others.

Please write to us with any feedback, big or small, at press AT actblue.com, or call us at (617) 517. 7602. We’d love to hear from you.

We hit a new record yesterday, and we’re pretty excited. That’s right: $50 million raised for Democrats since 2004. And we’re just getting started.

Here’s the release we just sent out, and a picture to mark the occasion.

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DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISING ON ACTBLUE TOPS $50 MILLION

CAMBRIDGE, MA, JUNE 10, 2008– Democratic fundraising topped $50
million on ActBlue yesterday evening, signaling a surge in fundraising
well beyond the presidential contest. The $50 million total represents
contributions from more than 395,000 donors to more than 3000
candidates and committees, with a median contribution of $50.

Propelled by high numbers from, among others, Rick Noriega’s Texas
Senate campaign and Leslie Byrne’s bid for a Virginia Congressional
seat, ActBlue’s totals also reflect records from some unlikely
directions. In California’s Third Senate District, all four Democratic
primary challengers used ActBlue, raising more than $500,000 ahead of
last week’s primary. The victor in that contest, Mark Leno, raised more
than $227,000 from 600 donors, an ActBlue record for a state race.

“Small dollar donations are the key to Democratic strength, because as
we’ve seen with the Obama campaign, sustainability comes from being
able to return to your base and ask for help when you need it,” says
ActBlue’s executive director, Jonathan Zucker. “We’re building that
capacity for Democrats at every level. You don’t have to be a national
campaign to harness the power of small donors.”

ActBlue’s nearest Republican counterpart, Slatecard.com, has raised
$350,000 since 2007. (For comparison, ActBlue raised more than $890,000
in its first six months of operation.)

The nation’s largest source of funds for Democrats, ActBlue 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 campaigns, from the state house
to the White House. 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.

Another great day.

Thanks from all of us. Keep up the good work!

We’ve been extremely busy at ActBlue this week, as Democrats come together to support the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama.

After Senator Obama reached the delegate numbers needed to clinch the nomination on Tuesday night, we sent an email encouraging ActBlue Democrats to show their support by creating a personal fundraising page for Obama.

Here is an excerpt of the email:

Now it’s time for Democrats to come together and start working for victory in November. ActBlue wants to help you do your part.

Build a personal fundraising page and ask each of your friends and family members to contribute to the Obama campaign.
Build it right here. Ask right now.

Join the legions of Democrats who are ready to fight.
Become a fundraiser and create a fundraising page.

Less than 36 hours later, dozens of people have taken up the fight for the White House and started fundraising for Obama on ActBlue. This morning, the Los Angeles Times cited these new ActBlue pages as "a measure of [Obama's] power on the Internet." As ActBlue is a barometer for the strength of Obama’s online support, we need you to get involved and prove that a united Democratic Party cannot and will not be defeated.

Keep the buzz going and build a page for our nominee, Barack Obama.

From all of us here at ActBlue, thanks.

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