Democrats have trouble being Democrats because of their fear of not being able to raise enough money. For over a quarter-century (as long as I've been involved in politics), I have seen one Democrat after another say to me that they have to be careful in what they say, cautious about going too hard after special interests even when the voters in their district overwhelmingly supported the progressive position, because they couldn't afford to alienate potential money contributors.
Now, there's no doubt that some of that attitude is actually an excuse, that some of these Democrats were just cautious by nature, or that they really were sympathetic to the drug companies and the big oil and insurance companies. But I also believe that part of it was very real, that worrying about how to raise the ungodly amounts of money that politicians need to raise does contribute mightily to the modern Democratic Party's biggest political problem: its culture of caution.
The only way to ultimately solve this at the federal level is to enact a public financing law for congressional campaigns. But absent that happening, a new PAC has given us the most important new weapon for overcoming big money that we've ever had: ActBlue. ActBlue allows small donors to organize themselves to raise real money for progressive candidates. With money, especially early money, driving so much about political campaigns today, from a candidate's credibility with the MSM to the perceptions of whether the campaign should be targeted by party committees and national PACs; from the ability to attract quality staff to the ability to do effective early targeting, polling, analysis, and research- early money is essential. And ActBlue allows regular folks, rather than just special interests, to organize themselves and get in the game. It allows all of us to influence how campaigns are perceived, and how well they are organized. Today, on Blogosphere Day, please give directly to ActBlue to allow them to keep building and expanding their ability to help all of us. Supporting ActBlue directly, allowing them to expand their reach, will do more to strengthen progressive politics than any other contribution you could make.