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The Left’s 2018 victory was fueled by millions of small-dollar donors—if Conservatives don’t catch up quickly, we will lose America Part 2 of 2

In my previous article, I showed how conservatives revolutionized American politics in the 1960s and 1970s by opening it up to millions of middle-class Americans, both as campaign volunteers and as small-dollar contributors.  The result was the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980 over the opposition of the establishments and elites in both parties.

Today, regrettably, the opposite is the case.  The radical Left now gets far more small (under $200) political donations than conservatives.  This trend started under the brilliant leadership of my counterpart on the Left, Roger Craver, and picked up speed with the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean, Barack Obama, and Bernie Sanders.  But in the 2018 midterm elections, the leftist tilt in small donations was critical for the Democrats’ success in taking over the House of Representatives.  The future is even more bleak—unless we conservatives wake up and get busy.

One reason for the surge in small-dollar donations to Democrats is obvious—their visceral hatred of President Trump, a condition also known colorfully but rather accurately as Trump Derangement Syndrome.  This is far more of a motivating factor than the patriotic energy that spurred the Tea Party revolt against President Obama in 2009-2010.

But that’s only part of the story.  When I was helping to build the conservative movement through direct mail, I had no serious national competition for about 15 years.  But when Reagan was elected President, the Democrats and the Left woke up.  They started copying my methods for their own purposes, and I’ve always said they soon became more successful at it than have conservatives.  Over the years they built thousands of special interest groups using direct mail and other alternative media—hundreds of consumer groups, hundreds of environmental groups, and so on.  Conservatives were not nearly as ambitious in forming a multitude of organizations.

Now, as I mentioned in my earlier article, I created a “common market” for my clients by making the newly acquired donor names for each client available for promotion by my other clients.  This resulted in rapid growth throughout my marketing universe—people who contribute to one conservative organization are more likely to contribute to other conservative groups as well.

The Left has taken this a step further.  They now have thousands of organizations, and about 90% of them use the site ActBlue to help them raise funds online.  These organizations remain independent, but once donors give their credit card information to ActBlue, they can donate to any of the organizations without providing their credit card information again and again.  This is a great convenience in an era where we have trouble remembering passwords and usernames, not to mention the inconvenience of entering the credit card information itself.  As a result people are much more liable to make small donations to a multitude of leftist organizations and causes.  It’s so easy.

The result:  By 2018, ActBlue was used to raise money by 14,500 liberal and leftist organizations, candidates, and committees.  Meanwhile the Republicans relied on large donations from rich patrons.

As a result of these two approaches to small dollar fundraising, this was the situation by 2018:

** In the critical final weeks of the 2018 midterms, Democrats in the 69 most competitive House districts raised more than four times as much money from small donors than their Republican opponents.

** This advantage proved critical in securing the Democrat takeover of the House.  In Virginia, for example, Democrat challenger Abigail Spanberger raised over $1.5 million from small donors—double the amount raised by her conservative Republican opponent, Rep. Dave Brat.  She ousted him by only 6,784 votes.  The leftist Huffington Post reported that in races for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, Democrat candidates received more than 153,000 donations of $100 or less—compared to about 7,000 for GOP candidates.  This pattern was duplicated throughout the nation in 2018.

** Individual Democrat candidates for House and Senate seats outraised their Republican opponents in small donations $296 million to $85 million—a 3-to-1 advantage.

** All total, ActBlue served as the conduit for raising more than $1.6 billion in the 2017-18 election cycle.  And remember, all of that went to the Democrats.

** This pattern is true with organizations as well as candidates.  For example: In the 12 months after President Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union raised $93 million online, compared to $5.5 million online in the previous twelve months, and its membership grew from 400,000 to 1,600,000.  With that massive influx of cash and supporters, the ACLU dropped any remaining vestiges of bipartisanship and became heavily involved in the 2018 midterms on behalf of Democrat causes.

Similarly, Planned Parenthood added 700,000 new supporters in 2017, and the Natural Resources Defense Council—a left-wing environmental group—added 500,000 new members.

It is true that hundreds of thousands of Americans supported Donald Trump with small donations in the 2016 presidential campaign.  But that did not extend to congressional races two years later, with predictable results.  At the same time, big-money groups that were once dependably Republican in their donations have cut back in opposition to President Trump’s populist policies.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for example, spent under $12 million in this last election cycle, way down from the $35 million it spent in 2014.  It’s no secret why.  The Chamber wants cheap labor for its members, and therefore opposes President Trump’s immigration policies.

As for the future, the Democrats—now openly socialist and radical-Left in their aspirations—plan even bigger gains.  The leftist magazine Salon gave us a preview in a recent article.  The headline: “One blue wave was not enough: Democrats need another in 2020.”  And the subheadline: “Beating Donald Trump might not be the Democrats’ biggest task in 2020: A second blue wave could reshape history.”  The article shows how “Back-to-back wave elections have been crucial in establishing party dominance in American history, coupled with presidential victories.”  And it reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is already targeting 33 GOP-held seats for 2020.  And with redistricting in mind after the 2020 census, the Democrats are doubling their efforts in state legislative races and governorships as well.

My fellow conservatives, the No. 1 need for the conservative movement and the Republican Party is leadership.  And when I speak to conservatives throughout the country, the No. 1 complaint I hear from you is this lack of leadership, which includes the silence of must Republican leaders in defending President Trump’s conservative agenda.

Well, the time for complaining is over, and the time to take responsibility is here.  Every one of you is capable of leadership at some level—in your neighborhood, church, or civic organization; in your state legislative district or congressional district; for some, at the state or national level.  Think of those 14,500 leftist organizations that are using ActBlue to raise money for their causes.  It’s time to start thousands of conservative organizations promoting conservative causes at all levels.  Don’t wait for others to do it—do it yourself and start now.

Don’t wait for orders from the President, a politician, or some headquarters.  Rush to the sound of the guns.

Will you join me?

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2018 taking of the House

The Left's taking control of the House had nothing to do with donations whatsoever. It was engineered by the GOP (#NeverTrump) and GOP Rino's. More than 30 GOP elitists decided to resign from the House with high hopes that their seats would be won by a leftist. And that is exactly what happened. There are still #NeverTrump and Rino's in Congress that will do whatever they can to destroy Trump. True Conservatives in all states had better make sure they know who their representatives REALLY ARE.

Small dollar donors

The other major factor in the loss of the House was wide-spread voter fraud, which of course the Left denies. The Republicans are such yokels they can't figure out a way to fight it. They'd better learn over the next couple of years.