Even in states where we are not yet active on the state level, we can raise funds for the state party's federal account. They should already be in the directory, but please shoot me an email at email@example.com if you see one that is missing.
We already have some county parties in the ActBlue system. These are the ones that have come to us and requested a listing in the directory. The days of waiting for county parties to come to us, however, is about to come to an end.
One of my projects since I was hired here at ActBlue in January has been to cull contact information for every county party in each state in which we are active. In the next few weeks, we will be populating the directory with all of these county parties and all will be ready to accept online contributions. In the meantime, if you have a county party you would like added now feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get you set up!
On a personal note, I am extremely excited to be expanding our support to county Democratic parties. I know how hard it is to raise money for an entity that does not have a figurehead, as opposed to raising for a candidate. Yet the county parties are incredibly important! Often they practically run local races and they provide extremely valuable on-the-ground information to large campaigns.
The county parties that are already using us are seeing great results from asking their members for recurring contributions. Recurring contributions are great for the county party because they are bale to budget and build a war chest for campaign season. They are great for county party members because they allow them to make a sustaining contribution to the party which is comfortably spread over months or years.
It always pisses me off when someone starts jawing about how much universal healthcare would cost. The same people argue for a "surge"in Iraq.
This is a strong message, and one that resonates with the under 30 demographic. A ton of my friends have no healthcare with their full-time jobs, and some were hired on a "trial" basis for a year so that the company wouldn't have to pay for benefits.
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The availability to the media is a key part of their love-fest. McCain is downright chummy with the press, and reminds them of the heady days of the past when the candidate would get blitzed in the press bus and not have to worry about it ending up in the papers.
I think Obama, simply in terms of his demeanor and his biography, strongly appeals to politicos from a new generation and a new socioeconomic class because he strikes them in some sort of gut, intuitive level as being from that class. Multi-ethnic, post-Vietnam, highly educated, raised in a major urban center--these are many of the cosmopolitan, self-creating, forward looking aspects of life for many younger professionals.
Thanks Chris for putting words to what I feel. I don't quite know if I like it or not, but I have to admit the feeling is there.