Why are some Pres Candidates shunning ActBlue?
by Bob Brigham, Sun Jan 21, 2007 at 10:02:20 AM EST
I love ActBlue. I think it is one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure that the internet has allowed. Getting more Democratic activists using ActBlue to donate and raise money should be an important goal for everyone who wants to see scalable growth in Democratic Party fundraising in 2008 (and on and on).
Presidential candidates have a great opportunity to show their supporters how easy it is to raise money on ActBlue. This could have a huge effect when it comes to distributed fundraising for down-ticket races.
But some presidential candidates appear to be going the selfish route. I'm going to call some out after the flip and gives props to those who deserve it.
Either Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have zero support online or they have chosen to raise money the selfish way. These two candidates could have done wonders by having supporters set up their own ActBlue pages (where they could add their favorite senate, congressional, and state candidates in some states). Instead, they are focusing on raising all of their money through closed, in-house systems that do nothing for down-ticket races. In the case of Obama this is particularly unfortunate because there were pages set up for the Draft fund but now that he has an exploratory committee his people are running his campaign the selfish way. Tom Vilsack has a donut on ActBlue but that might just be a sign of his support. Same with Chris Dodd and Mike Gavel.
But some campaigns "get it" and are running in a way that helps the Democratic Party. John Edwards is off to a great start on ActBlue. Bill Richardson is using ActBlue. Hell, even Dennis Kucinich has raised some money via actblue.
If you look at the front page of ActBlue you'll see that they are measuring presidential support in almost a straw-poll manner. If some campaigns are too selfish campaign in a way that doesn't help other Democrats, then I'm glad that people will see that reflected in the Actblue rankings.