Donations to Electoral Vote Predictor 2004
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, including DNS registration ($20), hosting service ($129/mo), and the first batch of advertising ($1000 on blogs, $500 on Google), etc. I strongly believe artists are entitled to be paid for their work so I always get the cartoons from www.politicalcartoons.com and pay for them rather than just taking them off the net. I see this website as a community service and since it is funded (in part) by my share of the Bush tax cut, why not? The money came from politics, so let it go home. Numerous companies and individuals have asked to run ads on the site but I don't really want ads, not even Google ads. The many hours required to build and run the site have actually been a much bigger drain than the money.
The site is doing fine but I would like to increase its popularity more. Many people think the electoral college is where you can get a bachelor's degree in political science and the media are not doing a good job getting the truth out. Therefore I would like to do more advertising on other websites, blogs, etc. I asked for donations earlier, and got quite a bit. Here is the list of ads I have run so far with their effectivity. A week on a single blog can easily run $400, so it adds up quickly. Here is the ad I am using. If there are any people in the advertising or graphic design business who can do a better ad in a 150x200 .gif file, please let me know.
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 50 million customers and executes millions of secure transactions per day. Your browser must accept cookies from PayPal to use it. If you get a "Session expired" error message, this is due to cookies being disabled. Just enable them and try again. I tried using the Amazon Honor System earlier, but there were endless problems with it so I stopped. Besides, it is much simpler to receive all the money via PayPal and pay for the ads using PayPal so I don't have to mix personal and EVP 2004 funds. For that reason, I don't want checks.
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