Happy Blogosphere Day!
Blogosphere Day started three years ago today after Rep. Jim Greenwood announced that he would not be returning to Congress and the netroots started raising money for the Democratic candidate in PA-08, Ginny Schrader. You can find Mr. Liberal's recounting of the original post that started it all here on Daily Kos.
In 2005, the netroots rallied behind OH-02 candidate Paul Hackett as he competed in a special election.
In 2006, the netroots rallied behind Ned Lamont in the Connecticut Senate primary. Lamont won the primary, but unfortunately lost the general election to Cryin' Joe Lieberman.
All of the fundraising the netroots did was done online, via the Democratic fundraising clearinghouse known as Act Blue.
So, let's help Act Blue!
While the previous candidates of choice for Blogosphere Day donations haven't achieved lots of success, we've seen the liberal activist online rally behind causes and candidates in a way that hasn't really ever been done online. And Act Blue has been the focal point of that effort on the past three blogosphere days. Today is our chance to support Act Blue and help them raise money to expand and improve their services, and as a way to say thank you for their years of support and work for Democratic candidates.
To get just an idea of what the netroots are doing on this blogosphere day in support of Act Blue, check out these posts:
Today is a day about supporting Democratic infrastructure and a way to build it through fundraising and organizing at the local, state, and national level. In the past three years, ActBlue has sent $25 million to 1700 Democratic candidates, from over 200,000 contributors, and helped channel the rising tide of grassroots energy and commitment to retake Congress in 2006.
ActBlue is on the road to raising $100 million this election cycle. But that won't happen if we wait to support their work. It's a 16-month journey to November 2008, and if we wait until we only have a year, or six months left left, we won't reach our destination. Please support ActBlue today.
Iowa's Democratic infrastructure can be helped via fundraising on Act Blue as well and Common Iowan has already set up a page for Iowa bloggers as well. Senator Tom Harkin's campaign will be doing their fundraising online solely through Act Blue. So, Act Blue is helping us. Let's help them.
As of 1:30 PM Central Time 169 contributors have given $8,715. Let's get it to 200 contributors and $10,000 by 3 PM. We can do it with your help!