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ActBlue
ActBlue logo.png
Formation 2004
Type Political action committee
Location
  • Somerville, MA
Executive Director
Erin Hill
Website www.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]

Activities[edit]

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][4][5]

Milestones[edit]

  • Founded in 2004 by Benjamin Rahn and Matt DeBergalis.[6]
  • In February 2016, ActBlue launched AB Charities, an arm of the organization that makes ActBlue’s fundraising tools available to nonprofits.[7]
  • Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign used ActBlue for contributions.[8] According to journalist Ned Resnikoff, Sanders campaign "outraised" Hillary Clinton's campaign in this regard.[9]
  • ActBlue had nearly 8,000 groups using the platform in 2017.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. ^ Pindell, James (10 May 2017). "How a Somerville nonprofit revolutionized American Politics". The Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ "Pricing". ActBlue.com. ActBlue. 
  6. ^ "A Fund-Raising Rainmaker Arises Online", The New York Times, 11/29/2007
  7. ^ Hill, Erin (17 February 2016). "ActBlue Charities is HERE". ActBlue. 
  8. ^ "Case study: Bernie 2016". Revolution Messaging. Revolution Messaging. 
  9. ^ Resnikoff, Ned (8 June 2016). "How Bernie Sanders Changed Democratic Fundraising, Beating Hillary Clinton's Total". International Business Times. 
  10. ^ "ActBlue 2017 In Review". ActBlue. 

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