Eventbrite Manages More Republican Events Than Democratic Ones
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, September 5 2012
Eventbrite is the social event management and ticket-processing software service most favored by Republicans, a set of statistics released by the company indicate.
The company on Wednesday released an analysis of more than 7,000 political campaign-related events that have been planned through its service in 2012 and found that overall 71 percent of those events were organized by Republicans, and 29 percent by Democrats. Its analysis also found that Democratic events average out at 42 attendees and Republican ones at 68.
Other random stats of interest: 77 percent of the Republican events were free to attend in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. On the other hand, only 63 percent of the Democrats' events were. And the ticket prices for Democratic-related events averaged out at $115.53, whereas the average ticket price for a Republican-related event was less than a third of that amount at $31.50.
One of the prime reasons for this tilt towards Republican-leaning events could simply be that Eventbrite is used by Mitt Romney's campaign to organize many local events. Another could be that Eventbrite's event evangelist Chad Barth in DC is a Republican, and its chief endorsers in the political space are Republicans. (However, Eventbrite also has a Democratic event evangelist David Glasgow.)
One prominent Democratic-leaning group that uses Eventbrite:Tech for Obama, an affinity group of supporters for President Obama.
The service doesn't charge anything for free events, but does charge a 2.5% fee and 99 cents a ticket for paid events in the United States. That's in addition to the fees charged by the payment processors, which varies from three percent of the ticket value for payments via credit cards, to 2.9 percent of the ticket value and 30 cents a transaction for payments via Paypal and Google Checkout.
This post has been updated.