Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What will happen if there are court decisions on redistricting, or There is no Democratic nominee in one of the selected districts, special election, or There are other changes in circumstance?
Revised districts would be selected on the basis of comparable criteria (i.e., encouraging election history), and funds would be reallocated on the basis of a comparable formula (i.e., individual Senate nominees receive twice as much as individual Delegate nominees).
Why not support additional incumbents or Democratic campaigns in every district; or select the nominees and/or allocate the funds based on candidates’ policy views or diversity representation?
Flipping both houses of the General Assembly will empower all Democratic incumbents to accomplish more of their legislative ambitions, and will increase the likelihood of progressive policies and diverse representation. There are many opportunities in 2019 to support additional fundraising campaigns that use different targeting and allocation criteria.
What further communication will I receive after my initial donation?
We will send you occasional updates via email on the progress of this fundraiser and suggestions of how you can help our campaign. Now that all the nominees have been selected, we have updated the our website to provide links through the Virginia Grassroots Coalition website on each Democratic candidate in the selected districts. The Every District PAC will not add you to any list serve for their other fundraisers unless you specifically request this. Your donation to the PAC is publicly available (in accordance with campaign finance law), but most candidates do not normally directly communicate with individual donors to PACs.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH DONATIONS DURING THE REGULAR GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION IN 2019?
At the request of Democratic leadership, the ActBlue site will be temporarily suspended and no new donors accepted during the January 9 –February 23rd 2019 regular session of the General Assembly. Although not legally required for contributions channeled through PACs, this is consistent with Virginia campaign finance guidelines for incumbents (and some of the nominees are likely to be incumbents). However recurrent monthly donations initiated in advance of the session will continue, and the donation site will resume full functionality after the session. Furthermore, no funds from this campaign will be distributed to nominees during the regular session of the General Assembly.
Who are the individuals on the Grassroots Organizing Committee?
Jessica Mott, Bonnie Beckett, Stair Calhoun, Debra Fried Levin, Holly Hazard, Chris Le Menestrel, Kathleen Murray, Geraldine Shannon, Brooke Smith, and Katherine White.
What is EveryDistrict PAC?
EveryDistrict is a Virginia political action committee. All contributions to and expenditures of EveryDistrict Virginia PAC are reported to the Virginia State Board of Elections and available on the SBE website.
What is ActBlue?
ActBlue is a nonprofit technology organization established in June 2004 that enables Democrats, progressive groups, and nonprofits to raise money on the Internet by providing them with online fundraising software. Its stated mission is to "empower small-dollar donors." ActBlue is independent of the Democratic Party itself and does not endorse individual candidates. The organization is open to Democratic campaigns, candidates, committees, and progressive 501(c)4 organizations. Groups that use ActBlue pay a 3.95% credit card processing fee. As a nonprofit, ActBlue runs its own, separate fundraising program and accepts tips on contributions to pay for its expenses. It is a PCI Level 1 certified merchant and is audited yearly to ensure that it is maintaining that high level of security. ActBlue had nearly 8,000 groups using the platform in 2017.
Who is Eligible to Donate?
The legal requirements for political donations to Virginia political campaigns are listed on the ActBlue link. Donors need to be a US citizen or hold a green card. In addition to standard legal requirement, the VABlueWave2019 fundraising campaign seeks and accepts donations from individuals only --- it does not accept donations from corporations.