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ActBlue Reports Raising $21 Million

By Matthew Mosk
There have been plenty of signs of the huge advantage Democrats appear to hold in the arena of Internet fundraising this year.

Barack Obama's $55 million haul in February, for instance.

The latest sign comes via the web site ActBlue.com, which collects contributions for Democrats up and down the ballot.

The website reported today that it has so far raised $21,226,219 for Democratic candidates who face election in November. This has been significant for presidential contenders -- who have collectively raised $5,064,291 from the site so far. (Most of that was directed to John Edwards, who used the site as his primary means of collecting online donations.)

But the more substantial impact of the site's efforts are likely to be felt by congressional candidates, according to Marissa Doran, who serves as director of strategy and communications for the site. The site has enabled donors around the country to direct money to targeted races, often ones identified and promoted by liberal blogs.

Republicans have attempted to match the effort on a handful of similar sites, but to date have not found the traction of ActBlue.

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Posted by: hmmm....breaking | April 15, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: conflict of interest? Ethics? | April 15, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Matthew -

As the co-founder of Slatecard which is a Republican counter to ActBlue, I think it's important to put these figures in to context.

For example, ActBlue has been around for several years while Slatecard has been operational since October 2007.

So far we've raised close to $300K for Republican candidates and committees from Republican activists and we're just getting started.

We have a long way to go to catch up -- for sure -- but it's not as if we started the race at the same time. And to their credit, the folks at ActBlue were running before we even realized the race had started.

Just wait for January 2009...

David All
Executive Director
Slatecard.com

Posted by: david | March 18, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

To follow up on my initial post, I just double-checked for the 2007-2008 Election Cycle, the DNC only has $3,019,303 cash-on-hand (after raising but spending most of their $60,545,926) compared to the RNC with $21,768,080 cash-on-hand (raising a total of $97,484,620). You were talking about "across the board"?

In addition, this was very interesting:

"Reflecting how tense the situation has become, influential fund-raisers for Senator Hillary [DIANE] Clinton have stepped up their behind-the-scenes pressure on national party leaders to resolve the matter, with some even threatening to withhold their donations to the Democratic National Committee unless it seats the delegates from the two states or holds new primaries there."

. . .

"Christopher Korge, a Florida real estate developer who is another top fund-raiser for Mrs. Clinton, held an event last year in his home that brought in about $140,000 for the national party, which was set aside in a special account for the general election battle in Florida. But he told committee officials this week that if Florida's delegate conundrum was not settled satisfactorily he would be asking for the money back."

"If we do not resolve this issue," Mr. Korge said, "I think it's safe to say there will be a request for a return of $140,000."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/15/us/politics/15donate.html?ei=5065&en=68bdcd72f717cb5f&ex=1206158400&partner=MYWAY&pagewanted=print

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

My question was not about the NRCC. I will admit they are having some problems, but so is Dean at DNC and Schumer on the Senate side. I will be back with "cash on hand" figures (not including the rumor of threatened donor defections as noted above).

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2008 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Actually, across the board, Republicans have raised far less than their Democrat rivals. McCain's flip-flopping on issues has not engendered the depth of support for donors. (Who can blame them?)

Added to this is the fact, that the National Republican Congressional Committee is missing a million dollars due to (apparently) an embezzlement issue.

Posted by: wolfi101 | March 15, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo said the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could be "ruinous" for the Democratic Party if the contest isn't resolved before the August nominating convention. And, John SIDNEY McCain is fundraising across the pond (didn't someone here suggest that Obama go to Europe too?)

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/14/mccains-london-fund-raiser/

Posted by: JakeD | March 14, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

According to Drudge Report, at least, DEAN DNC NIGHTMARE: THREATS FROM DONOR$ AS DELEGATE DISPUTE GROWS!!! Developing . . .

Posted by: JakeD | March 14, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the RNC and Republican Senate Committee WAY ahead of their blue counterparts? That's at least ONE advantage to Hillary and Obama sucking up all that cash and wasting it on the primary. The only down-side I can see is that he came from "Nobody" status to "Super Star" based on all that spending.

Posted by: JakeD | March 14, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Barack Hussein the America D@mner better get to Cashing those Checks QUICK! ;~)


Ohhhh, Barack, something came up. Can I have my contribution back-My dead Grandmother needs an Operation!

Really! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 14, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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