I totally agree. I fully plan to make a reality our conversation at YearlyKos to bridge the online activism with real world personal politics with supporting and promoting events like these. Not only does it help raise money for Democrats (which is awesome) but it give blog readers and writers a chance to meet and network. That, and who doesn't like to share a drink with the DL crowd!
You had a very interesting post and hopefully the funding we get in 2007 will allow us to explore and expand to include some of the ideas that have been bandied about these boards. We don't always comment (though we often do) but we always are reading.
County and Municipal candidates is a point that comes up a lot and for good reason. Long term, it is one of our goals and when we are available for those levels, I believe that we will be fulfilling one of our core missions which is to democratize fundraising for everyone. These candidates are often in small districts that are the closest to the people the represent and community fundraising would be powerful.
That said, for most counties and especially municipal races, campaign finance varies wildly. At our current time, we're focusing on bringing more states online first (and are working on some methods to speed up that process). There are just so many local races and rules that ActBlue can't handle it right now- not from a legal or customer service perspective.
With an infusion of funding for more staff, legal research, and programmers we'd be able to move faster. That's why we encourage those that can to donate to us, as the return is in excess of 20x that to other democrats for every dollar put in.