Having blown past $20,000,000 yesterday, we’ve already added another $140,000 to that total in less than 24 hours. What’s driving it? End of quarter fundraising for 1Q 2007!
For ActBlue this week, it has been John Edwards driving most of that. His presidential end of quarter fundraising has now pushed him to the #1 slot on the ActBlue Pages listings in terms of donors (and very shortly also in terms of total amount raised). The combined Netroots Candidates page had held that spot up until this week with Senator Boxer’s Pac for a Change now holding in 3rd place.
But donors are filling in everywhere, including the state level. Fundraising driven by the bloggers at Raising Kaine have pushed over $15,000 into legislative candidate coffers. Kudos to them are well deserved (as is this graphic indicating their success so far).
March 31st is a federal quarterly deadline (and also one for Virginia as they have state elections this year). We exect this spike to continue through the end of the week and are of course fully prepared to handle any and all traffic. This one should be fairly reasonable being so far out from 2008 but it is the first major reporting date of the 07/08 cycle.
For those that have created their own fundraising pages, now is a great time to put in a pitch for extra donations to help your candidates put up respectable first quarter numbers!
I just wanted to take this time to thank the 37 (and still growing) blogs that have been a part of our launch of ActBlue. Many of them promoted our guest diaries, commented on them, and got some productive discussions rolling.
At The Albany Project, our post led to a $2000 donation towards the efforts to Activate ActBlue in New York. At the Prairie State Blue we were invited to become an occasional front page blogger. I personally got to meet with one of the bloggers from Blue Mass Group on Tuesday and we’re getting added to the blogrolls at My Left Wing and Blue Hampshire. Because of our posts at Square State, West Virginia Blue, and Blue Jersey, we continued some conversations about getting active in states where we are not yet including one proposition that could lead to some exciting developments across the country.
Additionally, we want to thank Blue Sunbelt, Blue Oklahoma, AZNetroots, Below Boston, Burnt Orange Report, FLA Politics, Minnesota Campaign Report, and Swing State Project for promoting our cross-post to their front pages for discussion. Other blogs where we were present were Daily Kos, MyDD, Calitics, Raising Kaine, Capitol Talk, Colorado Pols, Blue Forests, Democratic Central, Left in the West, Michigan Liberal, Mass Revolution Now, South Carolina ’08, Texas Kaos, Turn Maine Blue, 36th District Democrats, Blue Indiana, Free State Politics, Progressive Connection, NMFBIHOP, Blue NC, and Green Mountain Daily.
And just to point out, this is a small section of the much larger State Blogging Communities which collectively consist of about 600 blogs (at least from what I have indexed so far).