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Summary

The 15-year-old organization Act Blue because a fundraising behemoth because of it’s split it features that Act Blue asked the FEC in August 2014 if it was legally allowed, which was the beginning of their meteoric rise in fundraising for the democrat party.

Time Line of Act Blue

Chart of donation by election cycle from opensecrets.org

  • Founded in 2004 by Benjamin Rahn and Matt DeBergalis who worked for Howard Deans Campaigns

  • 2006 Act Blue requested an Advisory Opinion to see if they could keep money from draft presidential campaigns and if the candidate didn’t with donate it to the Demarcate Party, and after challenging the original ruling overturned then the requirement to forward donations to prospective candidates within 10 days of receipt. Source

  • 2014 Act Blue requested an Advisory Opinion to see if they can create an option for donors using their platform to split a single donation so it gets sent to multiple candidates evenly. Source

  • 2017 More then 8,000 organizations use an Act Blue planform Source

  • 2018 Act Blue raises over 1 billion dollars in a single cycle. Source

The Key Difference

Republicans have a number of tools to help with fundraising we have Revv.co that mimics Act Blues ability to save your donor information. We also have a way to find how to give with give.gop, but the one thing we don’t have is the ability for some to donate to multiple candidates by entering a single amount that gets split between a group of cause or candidates. That is why when you look at the donation records of Act Blue it took them a decade to get to the point where their fundraising ability became a new worthy strength with precedes them asking the FEC about the one feature we seem to be lacking.