So far, Progressives Everywhere has raised over $4.3 million for progressive Democratic candidates and causes since late 2017, all on the power of small-dollar donations. The newsletter and stories have raised money for candidates in crucial races that helped oust bad Republicans, empower progressive challengers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and flip the balance of power in swing states, where people have spent years under brutal GOP regimes, where tax cuts for the rich have been prioritized over healthcare and education.
In 2018, we helped usher in progressive changes in states like Michigan, Maine, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, and Colorado, where new Democrats have either passed big new progressive laws or at least had the numbers to stop the worst Republican tyranny.
Now, in 2020, we're doubling down to help as many legislative candidates flip states blue and progressive challengers to conservative Democrats give blue seats actual Democratic representation. Already, we've helped Mondaire Jones win his primary in New York, powered candidates in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Georgia with tens of thousands of dollars, and raised $1.5 million for bail funds during the height of the #BlackLivesMatters protests.
We're also now sending out newsletters five nights a week and Sunday to paid subscribers (and two a week to free subscribers). That means more time spent researching, interviewing, transcribing, and writing — which in turn means doing less other work for pay. It means higher fees for newsletter services, legal protection, and other necessities.
So far, this has been done entirely out of pocket. But as the project grows, that becomes less and less feasible. That's why I started this GoFundMe page — not to turn a major profit, but to make sure Progressives Everywhere can continue to do this work and I can afford to keep it going.