Retired naval officer Joe Sestak out-raised incumbent Republican Curt Weldon to seize a House seat in suburban Philadelphia — aided by nearly $900,000 in Internet contributions.
"Netroots" activists helped propel Virginia's incoming Democratic Sen. Jim Webb in the early days of his race. And in 18 hours, the Internet-based political action committee MoveOn.org Political Action raised $500,000 online to buy airtime for advertising that targeted Republicans in four congressional races.
That said, online watchers say Internet givers have more in common with large donors than they do the general population. "They don't have as much money as big donors, but they are still middle-aged, upper income and highly educated," Darr said.
Just because the midterms are over, that doesn't mean the race for cash via the Internet is done. Recently, the National Republican Congressional Committee issued an e-mail plea to supporters to help retire $2 million in debt. Donors who sent in $100 or more were promised a 2007 daily planner.
Outgoing committee spokesman Ed Patru declined to say how much the appeal has raised. Contribution amounts garnered from the Internet are "not something we discuss," he said. "It's something that gets into the strategy side of things."
Monday, December 18, 2006
"Internet critical tool for political cash"