ActBlue took in $17 million from California, $12 million from New York and $6 million from Massachusetts. Plus another $46 million from the rest of the States this year. These donations were then distributed across the Country by ActBlue. In Missouri, McCaskill for Senate received $1.4 million from ActBlue. Pennsylvania benefited twice. Lamb for Congress picked up $2.5 million and Bob Casey for Senate also picked up $680 thousand. Wisconsin also benefited from ActBlue’s genericity. Tammy Baldwin for Senate received $1.2 million and Randy Bryce also received $763 thousand. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona picked up $783 thousand and Tina Smith in Minnesota received $668 thousand. The problem is that there is no transparency. I can donate to a candidate via ActBlue and without a lot of effort no one will know who received the donation. Maybe there should be an ActRed so that all those closet Trump supporters could give money.
There are two ways to look at ActBlue. 1 (trusting) - A great company that makes it very easy for everyone to donate to their favorite politician. 2 (cynical) - A great company that makes it very difficult for others to know where your donations are going. Let me explain. When someone donates using ActBlue, the Federal Election Commission records the money as a donation to ActBlue. For instance, Daniel Fireman donated $100,000 to Duty and Country through ActBlue. However, we had to read the PDF to know where the donation was going. Since the beginning of 2017, ActBlue took in 23 million different donations. So it is very difficult to look at every single PDF, unless you mad technicals skills like us. Give us some time.