There are a lot of reasons behind our decision to start a pilot program for local races here in Boston. Part of it is hometown pride. We’re located across the river in Cambridge, and we wanted to bring the success we’ve created across the US back into our community.
We’re also fond of trotting out the phrase “money talks” when we discuss our mission. We’re working to move politics in a more participatory direction, where ordinary Americans can play a large role in the democratic fundraising process. When politicians become dependent on your money, they’re more responsive to your views once they take office. In that way, your donations on ActBlue create more accountable leaders.
Boston has very low contribution limits and robust internet infrastructure, two things that make it fertile ground for our tools and mission. Here, one maxed-out donor is equivalent to only ten $50 donors, meaning that there’s a real incentive for campaigns to build a broad base of support. That means more space for you to make your voice heard.
So what can you do to help this happen? Well, first of all reach out to your city council rep and ask them to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you come to our website a couple of weeks later and still can’t find them, reach out again and let them know that you’d love to support them if they’d just get setup on ActBlue.
If you have any questions, you can also email us at email@example.com. I know that sounds like a fairly generic address, but actual humans (myself included) read every email that arrives there.