June 16, 2006
Turn on ActBlue in Texas

As many of you know, ActBlue is the federal clearinghouse for donations to Democratic candidates, having channeled over $5.5 million to Dem contenders so far. But did you know, that with your help, you can activate it for Texas... for statewide, state house, and state senate candidates?

Together, Texas bloggers have agreed to help activate ActBlue for our state's non-federal candidates by asking our readers to put us over the top. Normally, ActBlue asks each state to raise $10,000 before moving forward (Texas being at $4,500 so far). But we've got some good news for you from the people at ActBlue.

However, in doing some more preliminary research Texas turns out to be similar to some other states we've already done -- so if we could break $5000 we'd be ready to move ahead with it. Would the texroots be able to help us out with the remaining $1000 by the end of the month?

As far as timeline, my aim would be to have everything ready to go as early in July as we can.

So we ask: Will you, the TexRoots get us over the $5,000 mark and activate ActBlue for all our state non-federal candidates? Do it here - donate today!

This is the most important thing you can do for the Hank Gilberts, Kristi Thibauts, and Goodwille Pierres of Texas as we move forward in unity to support our TexRoots candidates to be announced in the coming months by the Texas blogosphere.

(You'll see posts like this elsewhere on the Texas progressive today. We're all in this together. Please help if you can. Thanks very much.)

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 16, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack

I dont think I get it. Do the TexRoots have to donate $5,000 to ActBlue before they can donate to a candidate? What is the $5,000 for?

Posted by: Jana on June 16, 2006 9:29 AM

They needed some money to pay for legal stuff - filings and whatnot. I don't recall all the details, but will dig through some archives to give more you background.

At this point, they have most of the funds they need, and just need about $1000 more to finish the job. What we'll get from that is the ability to donate to state candidates through ActBlue. That will be a nice thing to have, which is why we're pushing this.

Any more questions, please let me know. Thanks!

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on June 16, 2006 11:18 AM