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Just a couple days shy of the end of the 3Q federal fundraising deadline, Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards has officially passed the $4 million mark in funds raised online through ActBlue. Nearly 50,000 donors have powered Edwards to his current status as the most active candidate on ActBlue, both by number of dollars and donors. Over 100 grassroots fundraisers have helped make his success possible. Congrats!

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It’s not often that the list of the Lifetime Top 10 pages (by # of donors) changes this far out from an election, but this weekend the longstanding page in the 10th spot got knocked out by the recent Burn Bush for Darcy Burner effort.

With 2,422 donors, it’s now #10, just behind John Kerry, replacing the longstanding Kos Dozen page from 2004. Both are great examples of thousands of small donors coming together to change the way we fund campaigns.

New readers to the blog will notice we’ve added an ActBlue Calendar of Upcoming Public Events to the right hand sidebar. We’ll be keeping it up to date with our upcoming "how-to" calls, public meetings, or conferences at which we’re speaking. It’s another resource for our wide range of users to interact with us and learn how to improve fundraising techniques. We’ve got two events coming up next week with more on the way.

Are you new to fundraising or interested in improving your results with ActBlue? It is never too early to get started for 2008!

The
ActBlue Team will be hosting two conference calls to share strategies
for effective and fun fundraising. Join us on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00
pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT) or on Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 pm EDT (7:00 pm
PDT).

Send an email to rsvp@actblue.com
by Monday April 16 with your date preference for call-in information
and more details! We look forward to working with you to keep the blue
wave going!

You can save events from our calendar onto your own calendar or even subscribe to all events. Click on the individual entries or the ‘subscribe’ link too see what we’re talking about.

P.S. We’ve noticed that our calendar may not appear right away if you are using the Safari browser on Mac. If that’s happening to you, view our full calendar once. The next time you come back to the blog it should load properly from then on.

With as many friends as ActBlue has in the Democratic blogging community, it’s about time we joined the party with a blog of our own. So today we are launching our official ActBlue Blog where we look forward to bringing our donors, candidates, campaigns, fundraisers, and bloggers interesting resources, analysis, tips, and other information to more effectively raise funds to elect Democrats!

Here’s just a sampling of things you can expect to see here-

  • Case Studies on some of the most creative ways ActBlue has been used
  • Analysis on how and why people donate
  • State Reports that highlight successful state level campaigns
  • Tips & Tricks about ways to use ActBlue you may not have known about
  • Page of the Week where we will highlight our favorite fundraising strategies
  • Monthly ActBlue Zeitgeist to explore trends, patterns, and other cool stuff
  • Major Series where we will explore how we are most relevant to your efforts in fundraising

Our posts will strive to be informative and useful while maintaining the Democratic grassroots values which have driven us for the last two and a half years. We encourage you to subscribe to our RSS feed or sign up to receive new posts via e-mail to keep up with our latest posts (both available in the right sidebar). Otherwise keep checking http://blog.actblue.com for the latest!

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