| Blogosphere Day became a phenomenon three years ago when blogs raised $30,000 into the campaign coffers of unknown candidate Ginny Schrader in a single day -- after her opponent had a surprise retirement.
It became an annual event a year later when blogs united in 2005 to raise $100,000 for upstart candidate Paul Hackett in his intensely uphill battle for the hard-right OH-02 in a special election.
Then, in 2006, blogs celebrated Blogosphere Day by sending funds to Ned Lamont.
(Necessary joke: Candidates apparently should avoid Blogosphere Day like the plague, it brings money and electoral ruin.)
This year, we're taking a different approach and rallying for ActBlue.
ActBlue is a PAC that empowers individuals to raise candidates from family, friends, readers, and associates for the candidates they support. Since 2004, it has moved more than $25 million in donations, with a tiny budget and a brilliant concept. In the second quarter of 2007 alone, ActBlue facilitated $16,000 in donations to state-level candidates in Montana.
ActBlue allows any Democratic candidate in Montana to raise money online without worrying about the hassles of merchant accounts, paypal integration, and secure servers.
It is, in other words, a huge help in promoting progressive candidates. So, today, we're encouraging folks to give back a little bit. ActBlue is working to expand and they need help. Please, do what you can.