Blogs as fundraising sources
Just happened to notice this in the sidebar at the very popular Eschaton blog.
It's a list of candidates and the donations received by each through this one blog alone through the end of June.
Eschaton Approved Candidates
Fundraising totals as of 6/27:
Lois Murphy $15422
Joe Sestak $3622
Ned Lamont $29579
Patrick Murphy $9903
Louise Slaughter $6172
Nick Lampson $1488
Chris Carney $697
Jon Tester $456
I'm not aware of how long Atrios has been calling for donations to these candidates. For instance, he may have added some to the list only recently.
A couple grumpy commenters here have made it a point to sneer at and dismiss online fundraising in general, and the use of blogs to generate support specifically.
Though admittedly, Eschaton is one of the most popular progressive blogs, is national in scope, and has a readership which dwarfs most blogs, (it probably gets more visits per day than this blog gets in almost a year) $67,339.00 raised from readers of a single blog over a few months isn't anything to sneeze at.
I'm not sure how representitive this is or what it suggests, but it's one example which shows that attracting financial support online isn't a myth.
Even adjusting downward in scale, it would suggest that campaigns attracting and enlisting the support of bloggers and their readers could be worthwhile.