Donations

Quite a few people have said they like the site so much they would like to contribute to the cost of running it. I have paid all the costs of running this site myself, about $5000 in 2004 for DNS registration, hosting (I had 5 dedicated commercial servers near the end of the campaign to handle the 700,000 visitors a day), prepayment of one small shared server until Dec. 2008 to keep the data available, and more. The 2006 election was about the same, roughly.

I see this Website as a community service. Also it has helped register thousands of (overseas) voters. Up until Aug. 2008, no paid ads were accepted. The many months required to build and run the site have actually been a much bigger drain than the money.

Towards the end of the 2004 election cycle, so many people wanted to contribute money that I opened a PayPal account and started accepting donations. All that money was spent on increasing the popularity of the site, by running ads on political blogs and especially on the Websites of college newspapers in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and other swing states. That was largely repeated in 2006 and 2008. A small ad for a week on a popular blog can easily run $500-$1000, so it adds up.

Donations can be made by clicking on the PayPal icon below. If you have an account at PayPal you can use it. If not, PayPal takes all major credit cards. You do not have to open a PayPal account first. If you don't know what PayPal is, click here. Basically, it is a division of the auction website e-Bay designed to allow you to make payments to individuals and small businesses in a secure way without giving the recipient your credit card number. PayPal has 100 million customers and executes millions of secure transactions per day. Your browser must accept cookies from PayPal to use it.

Starting in Aug. 2008, paid ads were accepted and all the income was plowed back into blog advertising to increase the amount of traffic. Donations are still very welcome and will be used to advertise on college newspaper Websites (mostly in swing states) and similar places to get younger voters involved in the political process. Thank you for your help.

   

Ads ran on the following blogs in 2010

agonist.org, arguewitheveryone.com, bartcop.com, dailykos.com, dcpoliticalreport.com, democraticunderground.com, legalinsurrection.blogspot.com, libertynewsforum.com, marginalrevolution.com, michelmalkin.com, notmytribe.com, openleft.com, outsidethebeltway.com, pamshouseblend.com, politics1.com, riehlword.com, swingstateproject.com, thepoliticalcarnival.blogspot.com, theyoungturks.com, wizbangpolitics.com, wonkette.com.

Ads ran on the following blogs in 2008

www.atlasshrugs.com, www.bartcop.com, www.coldheartedtruth.com, www.conservativegrapevine.com, www.conservativesforum.com, www.dcpoliticalreport.com, www.dailykos.com, www.democraticunderground.com, www.electionprojection.com, www.expired, www.fivethirtyeight.com, www.lolcode, www.moonbattery.com, www.motherjones.com, www.mydd.com, www.opednews.com, www.openleft.com, www.pamshouseblend.com, www.plnewsforum.com, www.politics1.com, www.prospect.org, www.rawstory.com, www.riehlworldview.com, www.rightthoughts.us, www.rightwingnews.com, www.rightwingstuff.com, www.saysuncle.com, www.swingstateproject.com, www.tpm.com, www.thedemocraticdaily.com, www.thehollywoodliberal.com, www.truthdig.com, www.wizbangblog.com, www.wonkette.com

Ads ran on the following blogs in 2006

althouse.blogspot.com, atrios.blogspot.com, biglizards.net, blog.thedemocraticdaily.com, bricksandstones.blogspot.com, celebritynation.blogspot.com, comixpedia.com, echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.com, hollywood.dcealumni.com, homomojo.com, lefarkins.blogspot.com, rjr10036.typepad.com, sports.outsidethebeltway.com, www.actforlove.org, www.aginghipsters.com, www.americanpapist.com, www.bartcop.com, www.baseballcrank.com, www.batesline.com, www.coldheartedtruth.com, www.coolest-gadgets.com, www.cursor.org, www.dcpoliticalreport.com, www.dembloggers.com, www.democrats.com, www.diggersrealm.com, www.drudge.com, www.first-draft.com, www.gopbloggers.org, www.juancole.com, www.libertynewsforum.com, www.macgeekery.com, www.mahablog.com, www.marginalrevolutions.com, www.matthewyglesias.com, www.mydd.com, www.pageoneq.com, www.politicalwire.com, www.politics1.com, www.prospect.org, www.right-thoughts.us, www.smirkingchimp.com, www.soapblox.net, www.swimatyourownrisk.com, www.swingstateproject.com, www.theleftcoaster.com, www.themoderatevoice.com, www.thismakesmelaugh.com, www.thismodernworld.com, www.womendiary.net,

Ads ran on the following major blogs in 2004

www.rawstory.com , www.politicalwire.com , www.politics1.com , drudgeretort.com , www.dcpoliticalreport.com , www.thismodernworld.com, www.bartcop.com, instapundit.com, www.utopiatemple.com, http://atrios.blogspot.com, www.talkingpointsmemo.com, www.wonkette.com, www.mydd.com, www.weirdspot.com, smirkingchimp.com, www.metafilter.com, reason.com/hitandrun, www.jossip.com, www.talkleft.com, www.scienceblog.com, www.sterogum.com, althouse.blogspot.com, towleroad.typepad.com, www.swingstateproject.com, www.rooftopreport.com, www.whistlestopper.com, www.socialitelife.com, www.collegeslackers.com, www.actforlove.org, www.ohlalaparis.com, www.photographyblog.com, noted.blogs.com, www.mathewgross.com, www.changeforamerica.com,

Ads ran on the following small blogs in 2004

A Socialite's Life, Act For Love, alicublog, Althouse, AngryFinger, baldilocks, Banterist, Baseball Crank, Ben Maller, Brutally Honest, Cathy's World, Change For America, Cleveland Indians Report, College Slackers, Daimnation!, David Corn, Digital Photography Blog, DrunkasaurusRex.com, EdCone.com, Health Supreme, Hot Sauce, InTheBullpen.com, iowahawk, Jane Galt's Strip, Mathew Gross, Michael Williams, Mystery Pollster, New Media Musings, OhlalaParis, Pardon My English, PhotographyBLOG, Political State Report, Rooftop Report, Say Anything, Seeing the Forest, Shot In The Dark, Slice, Swing State Project, TechWhack, The Command Post, The Laughing Wolf, The Mahablog, The Museum of Hoaxes, The Rittenhouse Review, The Sassy Lawyer, ToGawp Premium Ad, Tour de France 2004, Towleroad, Transvigor, treehugger, Webjay, Westcoast Music Blog, Whistle Stopper, witz

Ads ran on the following college newspaper Websites in 2004

FL University of Central Florida 42,000 students
University of South Florida 41,000 students
Florida State University 37,000 students
PA Penn State University 41,000 students
University of Pittsburgh 34,000 students
University of Pennsylvania 22,000 students
Indiana University 14,000 students
OH Ohio State University 48,000 students
University of Cincinnati 24,000 students
Bowling Green State University 17,000 students
Wright State University 15,000 students
MO University of Missouri 62,000 students
Washington University 13,000 students
St. Louis University 11,000 students
MI Central Michigan University 28,000 students
Western Michigan University 26,000 students
University of Michigan 25,000 students
WI Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison 41,000 students
Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 22,000 students
Univ. of Wisconsin, Barron County      200 students
MN University of Minnesota 63,000 students
HI University of Hawaii 50,000 students
AZ Arizona State University 57,000 students
NM University of New Mexico 30,000 students
IA Iowa State University 27,000 students
CO Colorado State University 25,000 students
NH University of New Hampshire 12,000 students
AR Arkansas State University 10,000 students