ActBlue

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ActBlue
ActBlue logo.png
Formation2004
TypeNonprofit political action committee
Location
Executive Director
Erin Hill
AffiliationsDemocratic Party
Websitewww.actblue.com

ActBlue is a nonprofit technology organization established in June 2004 that enables Democrats, progressive groups, and nonprofits to raise money on the Internet by providing them with online fundraising software. Its stated mission is to "empower small-dollar donors".[1]

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ActBlue is independent of the Democratic Party itself and does not endorse individual candidates.[2] The organization is open to Democratic campaigns, candidates, committees, and progressive 501(c)4 organizations. Groups that use ActBlue pay a 3.95% credit card processing fee. As a nonprofit, ActBlue runs its own, separate fundraising program and accepts tips on contributions to pay for its expenses.[3][1][4]

ActBlue was founded in 2004 by Benjamin Rahn and Matt DeBergalis.[5] In February 2016, ActBlue launched AB Charities, an arm of the organization that makes ActBlue's fundraising tools available to nonprofits.[6] Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign used ActBlue for contributions.[7]

In the 2018 midterms elections, ActBlue raised $1.6 billion for Democratic candidates.[8] According to FEC data, from January 2017 to October 2018 Beto O’Rourke had raised $45m through ActBlue for his run against Ted Cruz, 48% of which came from outside Texas.[9] The Republican Party has since created their own platform to rival ActBlue: WinRed.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pindell, James (10 May 2017). "How a Somerville nonprofit revolutionized American politics". The Boston Globe.
  2. ^ "How ActBlue Became a Powerful Force in Fund-Raising", The New York Times, 10/09/14
  3. ^ Kroll, Andy. "The $2 Billion Powerhouse Behind Jon Ossoff". Mother Jones (July/August 2017).
  4. ^ "Pricing". ActBlue.com. ActBlue.
  5. ^ "A Fund-Raising Rainmaker Arises Online", The New York Times, 11/29/2007
  6. ^ Hill, Erin (17 February 2016). "ActBlue Charities is HERE". ActBlue.
  7. ^ "Case study: Bernie 2016". Revolution Messaging. Revolution Messaging.
  8. ^ https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/23/republicans-win-red-2020-1377058
  9. ^ Lavine, Carrie; Zubak-Skess, Chris (October 25, 2018). "How ActBlue Is Trying To Turn Small Donations Into A Blue Wave". Fivethirtyeight. Graphics by Rachael Dottle. ABC News.
  10. ^ Isenstadt, Alex. "GOP to launch new fundraising site as Dems crush the online money game". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-06-25.

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