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".
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ActBlue is independent of the Democratic Party itself and does not endorse individual candidates. 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.
ActBlue was founded in 2004 by Benjamin Rahn and Matt DeBergalis. In February 2016, ActBlue launched AB Charities, an arm of the organization that makes ActBlue's fundraising tools available to nonprofits. Bernie Sanders' 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns used ActBlue for contributions. 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden has also used ActBlue for fundraising.
The Daily Beast notes that between January and mid-July 2019, ActBlue brought in $420 million, and that "According to the organization, that total came from 3.3 million unique donors and was dispersed to almost 9,000 Democratic campaigns and organizations, with $246 million coming in the second quarter alone."
In the 2018 midterms elections, ActBlue raised $1.6 billion for Democratic candidates. 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. In 2019, ActBlue raised roughly $1 billion for a wide variety of campaigns.
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- "ActBlue: Putting the 'D' Back in Democracy", The Huffington Post
- "Internet-Based PAC Driving Democratic Push: Small Donors Fuel Big Support Drive", The Boston Globe
- "Marketing Election '08: Q&A With Matt DeBergalis, ActBlue", Fast Company
- "Donations Pooled Online Are Getting Candidates' Attention", The Washington Post
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