Online fundraising platform ActBlue said Wednesday that 3.3 million supporters gave over $420 million so far this year to roughly 8,700 Democratic campaigns and left-leaning organizations, a haul it said was a testament to the surging "small dollar army" of donors.
The average donation for the first two quarters of 2019 was $32.29.
In the second quarter alone, said ActBlue, 2.4 million donors gave $246 million to Democratic campaigns and groups. By comparison, in the second quarter of 2017—a cycle that saw noted progressive victories—donors gave $137 million.
In just the last 10 days of the second quarter of 2019, 1.1 million donors utlitized the platform to make contributions. The last day of the cycle, June 30, was a record-breaking day, said ActBlue. That's when donors made the largest number of contributions in a single day—390,000.
"Small-dollar donors are already showing that they will be a force in races up and down the ballot this cycle," said ActBlue executive director Erin Hill in a statement. "These numbers show that there is incredible energy among the grassroots already, and we're still more than a year out from Election Day."
Focusing on down-ballot races, ActBlue's Emily Dong and Zoe Howard wrote in a blog post Wednesday:
[donors have] supported state legislative candidates with unparalleled energy, raising twice as much money in the first two quarters of 2019 compared to Q1 and Q2 '17 to win back and protect crucial seats that will determine our voting maps for the next decade. At the local level, donors gave more than three times as much money to local candidates and groups so far this cycle compared to this point in the 2018 cycle.
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ActBlue also highlighted some of the key takeaways from the fundraising figures on Twitter:
Our Q2 recap is out!! Some highlights:— ActBlue (@actblue) July 17, 2019
• $246 million raised on ActBlue in Q2 ‘19
• 56% of donations made via mobile devices
• 40% of 2019 donors have given more than once this year
• 3.3 million unique donors have given in 2019
More here: https://t.co/cNovDcV3Cy pic.twitter.com/SGaCsU1xBm
Q2 numbers are in, and they’re big: “These donors reflect a tremendous amount of energy and interest,” said Erin Hill, ActBlue executive director. “Seeing that kind of energy early is a testament to how engaged and empowered the grass-roots [donors] are.” https://t.co/ufl7JEMnf7— ActBlue (@actblue) July 17, 2019
Small-dollar donors aren’t just focused on the White House. This year 56% of donors who gave to a presidential candidate & another type of candidate/group gave to an org, congressional, state, or local campaign FIRST before contributing to a presidential! https://t.co/cNovDcV3Cy— ActBlue (@actblue) July 17, 2019
40% of the 3.3 million folks who donated on ActBlue so far this year have given more than once!! Small-dollar donors are helping thousands of campaigns and orgs fighting for our democracy have the resources to do their work right now. More here: https://t.co/cNovDcV3Cy— ActBlue (@actblue) July 17, 2019
"We're seeing millions of donors, record-breaking totals every quarter, and a rapidly-growing small-dollar army," said ActBlue's Hill, "that is ready to help Democrats take back everything from school boards to the White House next year."