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Last Night as a Triumph of the New Institutions of the Netroots

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 19 2010

The name of the game this morning is, of course, to find some big-picture meaning from last night's primary results. Here's one structural aspect that seems to be getting underplayed a bit. There's a case to be made for ... Read More

ActBlue Tallies One Millionth Contribution

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, May 10 2010

The netroots online fundraising platform ActBlue passed a big milestone today: it tallied the one-millionth contribution to flow through its system since being founded in 2004. The group's director of communications, ... Read More

ActBlue Opens Real-Time Stream of Donor Data for Dem Campaigns

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 26 2010

Democratic fundraising powerhouse ActBlue has just finished engineering a way for the many Democratic campaign who use the Salsa platform to get a steady stream of updates on who's raising what online on their behalf in ... Read More

One-Click Funding?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 10 2010

One further note on cold hard cash money from last night's session in Manhattan that had to do with the future of the left's grassroots in the Obama era. Read More

Right-roots vs Net-roots: Whose Online Donor Base is Bigger?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 5 2010

How big are the right-roots? And how do they stack up against the net-roots? I've been asking that question of various people lately, and also looking at some of the metrics available, as both sides of the American ... Read More

Can the Netroots Recondition Congress?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 22 2010

Credit: Pavlov Museum While, at this moment in early 2010, a vast majority of Americans believe that the American system of government is broken -- 86%, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll that came out ... Read More

The Fine Art of Timing a Money Bomb

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 3 2009

(Updated to include DFA's actual remarks. They somehow got lost in editing. Sorry for the bother.) Read More

Online Left Bundles Dollars for Grayson

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 2 2009

It's perhaps cliched, but no less true, that Democratic Representative Alan Grayson of Florida is a Rorschach test of contemporary American politics. If you ask people working in politics about the fiery, hard-charging, ... Read More

Why You Build Ahead of Time: Wilson's Outburst Turns ActBlue Tap On for Miller [Updated]

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, September 11 2009

UPDATE: ActBlue announces that Rob Miller has been fundraising on the site at a rate of $7 per second since Joe Wilson's outburst Wednesday night. The mean contribution size, says the company in a press release, has ... Read More

Daily Digest: Fundraising Frenzies Upending Close Contests

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 20 2008

The Web on the Candidates Bachmann's Remarks Spark Netroots Retaliation: The full fury of the progressive netroots has turned on Minnesota Republican congressman Michelle Bachmann -- and it might put her House seat in ... Read More

News Briefs

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First POST: Targeted

The digital humanitarian response to the earthquake in Nepal; the NYPD monitors children as young as age ten on social media; how Wikileaks crossed the line between transparency and an invasion of privacy by posting the Sony Pictures emails; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Overreaching

Why the FCC balked at the Comcast-TimeWarner deal; Sheryl Sandberg wants Hillary Clinton to lean into the White House; the UK's Democracy Club brings a lot more information to election season; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Ownership

"Tell us more about your bog"; the shrinking role of public participation on campaign websites; "Aaron's Law" has been reintroduced in Congress; is the Comcast-TimeWarner merger on its last legs?; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Bush League

Presidential candidates hiding behind Super PACs; what this means for American democracy; demos at the White House; a demand for Facebook to be more open about news in the newsfeed; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Glass Half Full

A new Pew study on open government data in the US; the FOIA exemption ruffling transparency advocates' feathers; social media bot farms; and much, much more. GO

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