The Green Zone
GOP Searching For Internet Dollars
It's no secret that the Democratic presidential candidates have been far more successful that the Republicans at harnessing the Internet as a fundraising tool so far this cycle.
One need only take a glance at the two websites designed to gather contributions for all of the major party candidates to see the gulf between them. Democratic candidates for federal office have seen more than $25 million come through the web site ActBlue -- some of which will eventually flow to the Democratic National Committee for use during the general election. Republicans, meanwhile, have seen just a tiny ripple of activity on the ABC PAC web site -- $385 raised for the presidential candidates to date -- which is supposed to be ActBlue's direct competition.
Now there is a new effort to change that. R. Rebecca Donatelli, a pioneer of Internet fundraising who help raise some of the nation's first online dollars for John McCain in 2000, has revealed she and partner Michael Palmer are working on a new, and she hopes improved, version of ABC PAC to launch this fall. While she continues to work on behalf of McCain, she said she is optimistic the improvements to ABC PAC will help all of the Republican candidates. Given the numbers they are posting on the site right now, it would be tough to make things worse.
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