Our package on Politics 2.0 is all about how the internet will decentralize politics and make it more accessible to the common man. That includes fundraising, mostly in the form of the website ActBlue.
To learn more about the site, check out the link. But suffice it to say, the netroots and online activists use ActBlue to funnel money to favorite candidates, and have sent almost $25 million over ActBlue’s wires (average donation: $60). So who are the candidates receiving the lion’s share of that cash?
Turns out, it’s John Edwards. Just John Edwards. And it’s not even close.
For number of lifetime donations through ActBlue, Edwards leads with 41,236. The next highest are James Webb with 16,363 and Ned Lamont with 12,420. Edwards also leads in terms of lifetime money raised, with $3,437,887. Webb is again second with just $894,042.
Obama and Clinton aren’t in the top ten in either category. Hmmm… a strong clue on who the internet supports for president.