ACTBLUE is a United States political action committee established in
June 2004 that enables anyone to raise money on the
Internet for the
Democratic Party candidates of their choice. It is independent of the
Democratic Party itself and does not endorse individual candidates.
ActBlue has grown quickly to become a major fundraising tool for
Democrats, with over 445 federal candidates and committees using the
service during the 2014 election cycle. As of April 2016 , ActBlue
had raised more than $1.1 billion for Democratic candidates and
progressive organizations at various levels of politics, making it the
largest single source of funds in United States politics. The
organization is open to all registered Democratic campaigns,
candidates and 501(c)(4) organizations.
ActBlue is a not-for-profit
ActBlue officially incurs costs of 3.95% of the gross
contribution, and those fees are passed on to campaigns.
ActBlue was founded in 2004 by Benjamin Rahn, who left a doctoral
program in theoretical physics at Caltech to develop the platform, and
Matt DeBergalis, a computer science graduate of MIT.
On April Fools\' Day 2008,
ActBlue jokingly announced that it would
begin collecting funds for US candidates in
Euros , due to the decline
US dollar .
* ^ "How
ActBlue Became a Powerful Force in Fund-Raising," The New
York Times, 10/09/14
* ^ "A Fund-Raising Rainmaker Arises Online," The New York Times,
* ^ Wayne, Leslie (April 3, 2008). "Act Blue’s Record Take". New
York Times. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
* ActBlue: Putting the “D” Back in Democracy, Huffington Post
* Internet-Based PAC Driving Democratic Push: Small Donors Fuel Big
Support Drive, The Boston Globe
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