ActBlue Keeps the Money Coming
By Emily Cadei, CQ Staff, CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS, April 1, 2008
Part political committee, part fundraiser, part social networking site, the pro-Democrat fundraising Web site ActBlue announced today that it collected $24 million from 199,000 donors for candidates so far this election cycle — more than 10 times what the political action committee raised at the same point in the 2006 election. The group’s announcement comes as campaigns close the books on the first fundraising quarter of 2008, which ended at midnight last night.
ActBlue was founded in June 2004 as a means of leveraging the Internet to channel funds to Democratic causes and candidates. The site raised approximately $1 million that election, followed by $17 million in the 2006 cycle. Including 2008 contributions, ActBlue has now processed more than $42 million in total donations.
Liberal Congressional candidates in particular are finding fundraising success through the site, which helps candidates raise money themselves on the web. Daniel Seals leads the way this cycle, raising $245,000 on ActBlue for his rematch against Rep. Mark Steven Kirk , R-Ill. He is followed by Senate candidates Tom Udall of New Mexico and Texan Rick Noriega, who raised $195,000 and $171,000 respectively. Donna Edwards, who upset fellow Democrat Rep. Albert R. Wynn in a Maryland primary, raised $151,000 via ActBlue.
The presidential candidates haven’t been left out of the money. Barack Obama is the top presidential fundraiser on the site, though the $230,000 raised on ActBlue pales in comparison to his total haul of $197 million.
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