act blue hiring legal in house counsel

Hey all, I received this not-your-average-job posting from another listserv and thought it looked interesting. Just an FYI

Democratic campaigns and committees. We're laying the groundwork for
aggressive targets in 2007-08: massive growth of our fundraiser
network, increased outreach to thousands of state level campaigns,
Since 2004 ActBlue has sent more than $30 million to over 2,000
and raising $100 million for Democratic candidates and committees.

To reach those goals we're seeking comrades-in-arms, so to speak --
super-sharp people who share our political goals, our commitment to
rock-solid dependability, our impatience with inefficiency, and our
commitment to serving as an honest broker for all Democratic

We are extremely selective in who we hire. You'll be working with a
close-knit team in a rather free-wheeling environment that rewards
initiative. Political or campaign experience is often helpful, but
not a requirement.

Position: Staff Counsel
Reports to: Executive Director

* Research of campaign finance laws and regulations at the federal,
state and local levels, with the goals of
- Ensuring ActBlue's compliance with all relevant laws and
- Expanding the jurisdictions in which ActBlue may operate

* Development and implementation of legal strategy to expand the
states in which ActBlue may operate

  • Administrative and regulatory Advisory Opinions
  • Advocating for legislative change

* In the service of the above, cultivating relationships with
election offices and local campaign finance attorneys

* Ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, including

  • Campaign finance filings at the federal and state level
  • IRS filings
  • State business filings as necessary
  • Campaign finance disclaimers and disclosures

* Responding to legal inquiries and complaints

* Assisting Communications Director by analyzing legal implications
of public statements

* And other tasks as necessary

You must be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S.
jurisdiction. (A license to practice in Massachusetts is desirable,
but not required.) No specific campaign finance experience required.

The positions is full-time in Boston. To apply, please send a cover
letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to

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Act Blue is now in Colorado, sort of

Legally, Act Blue can't operate on a state level in Colorado as current law prohibits an intermediary transfer of funds.  So, I created what's known in Colorado as a Small Donor Committee.  In the works for almost a year, finally the i's are all dotted; the t's are all crossed.  The SquareState Small Donor Committee is here.

We've done pontificating, pointed out the failed policies of the extreme right wing, mobilized voters, coordinated grassroots action, and even fundraised for federal races.  It's time to help those local candidates we want to see in office in our somewhat square state.  Let's show (current CO-GOP chair)Dick Wadhams that this isn't the same state the last time he was here.  All the progress made in the last few years, we're just getting started.

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Blue Majority Q3 Push

Were you waiting until the last minute before making your contributions this quarter? If so, we're getting just about there, with the quarter ending this Sunday. So the time is now to head over to the Blue Majority ActBue page to make an important difference. For the week, we're hoping for 500 donors and we're getting close. Head over and make a contribution of even $10 today.

Want to help out your favorite presidential candidate or another federal candidate not on the Blue Majority list? No problem! Head over to ActBlue and make a contribution today, too. The money that comes in through Sunday will be extremely important as it will make it on to the third quarter campaign finance reports, which serve as an important guide to the politics watchers and donors alike to the viability of candidates.

So one more time, go to the Blue Majority ActBue page today and make your difference felt.

Feel free to consider this an open thread, perhaps on the candidate(s) you're supporting this time around. What Senate campaign should we be throwing $5 to before Sunday night? Which congressional campaign are we missing?

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The Blogosphere Day Story

Late in the evening of October 23, 2004, I coined the term Blogosphere Day. At the time, I was directing the online campaign in PA-08 for Ginny Schrader (D-Blogosphere) and was trying to do anything possible to hype her campaign. Little did I know what would become of a two minute entry on dkosopedia.

To be perfectly honest, I'd forgotten about it until it showed up in the National Journal just as Tim Tagaris and I were plotting on when to kick of the online fundraising for Paul Hackett. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, there has already been $16,395 raised online for ActBlue. Yet if every US Senator who has applauded the event were to max out, that number would triple.

A couple of other thoughts on the tradition and on teamwork...

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Happy Blogosphere Day!

Today is the 4th annual Blogosphere Day. Ned Lamont explains in an e-mail he sent out this morning:

One year ago today, the national blogosphere came together to support my candidacy for Senate in Connecticut. Through a wave of small online contributions, thousands of people across the country became invested in our underdog primary campaign and helped to push us to an important victory in the Democratic Primary just a few weeks later.

Two years ago today, the blogs rallied around Paul Hackett's special election campaign for Congress in Ohio. Three years ago today, it was Ginny Schrader's grassroots campaign in Pennsylvania.

July 19th has come to be known as "Blogosphere Day" - one day every year in the middle of the sleepy summer when the online community rallies to support a grassroots campaign and propel it into national prominence.

This year, instead of supporting a candidate, Blogosphere Day is being devoted to building an essential component of the progressive infrastructure, Act Blue. Mike Lux makes the pitch over at Open Left:

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.

Gen. Wesley Clark, Sen. Chris Dodd and Sen. Dick Durbin have posts on the importance of Act Blue as well.

You can join the celebration by giving to Act Blue today.

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