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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

ActBlue Relaunches

Posted by DavidNYC

ActBlue, a website that helps you keep track of Senate and House races, has relaunched and is now, in a word, amazing. You can now create an account and keep personal lists of the races you are interested in. I went ahead and created a list of my favorite swing state Senate candidates - you can take a look here. You can also modify the default text that ActBlue provides for each candidate and write a personal appeal.

What's also especially cool is that you can ask people to donate directly to your candidates through your lists, and ActBlue will keep track of your donation totals. It's a little bit like the DKos 8, only a LOT easier to administer. In fact, there's a replica of the DKos 8 list already on ActBlue. (Just an FYI: I am not asking people to donate to my list or any other. I just created it to explore the site. Though feel free to donate if you like!)

Ben (my friend who runs ActBlue) tells me that they'll be adding state and local races soon, too. So, as I always say, go check it out! Create your own list and have fun with it.

Posted at 01:09 AM in Activism | Technorati


Arizona is a Republican state. What can you say. Bush's lead is probably more like 8% with all the polls factored in.

Posted by: Rock_nj at June 30, 2004 12:38 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Whoever does the polls is only showing 60% of the candidates. Why is Nader the only 3rd party candidate being polled and covered. Why not, when conducting polls add Peroutka(Constitution Party), Badnarik (Libertarian Party), and Cobb (Green Party)among the choices people can choose from. If a person doesn't have cable or the internet and wants to vote, they may have never heard of these candidates. Also all 3 of these candidates are on more states than Nader. I hope you can spread this to the local and national news T.V.'s so that every person who goes to the ballot on Nov.2 2004 won't be surprised by 6 choices or more as opposed to the 3 the media gives them. Thank You

Posted by: Cory at July 1, 2004 05:17 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Your complaint is best addressed to the polling outfits. When poll questions are asked, they usually go something like, "If the presidential election were held today, would you vote for the Republican, George Bush, or the Democrat, John Kerry?" Sometimes they add, "or Ralph Nader."

When firms report the results, they sometimes include an "Other" category (for people who list someone other than the choices given), but they never break it down. Truth be told, I don't blame them - the only time third parties and independents matter is if they might have some effect on the race between the two major parties. And 99% of the time, the little guys don't make a difference.

Posted by: DavidNYC at July 1, 2004 06:09 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment