Arizona Dems Fundraise Off Plumbing Woes

Arizona Democratic Party/ Email Screenshot
• June 7, 2019 12:25 pm


The Arizona Democratic Party sent out a fundraising email on Thursday to raise $2,800 to "fix the pipes" in the men’s bathroom at their state headquarters.

Barbara Lubin, the operations manager of the Arizona Democratic Party, sent out a plea for Democrats to donate to help fix the plumbing.

"There's been a ton of great news in Arizona politics lately, so I hate to rain on the parade," Lubin wrote. "But here at the AZ Dems headquarters, it's raining in the men's bathroom. Literally."

"Every dollar we raised last month went straight into Organize LOCAL grants to fund voter outreach in all 15 counties. But that leaves us with no budget for plumbing repairs, and it turns out, we need $2,800 to fix the pipes," the email continued.

The Arizona Democratic Party took in $104,000 in the first three months of 2019, and spent $197,000. At the end of March, its cash balance sat at $476,903.

"If we can bring in $2,800 by tomorrow, we can fix the plumbing over the weekend without interrupting our work," the email read. "Honestly, I don't know if our staff can go another week with these leaks! We want to focus on cleaning up Washington, not cleaning up puddles."

The link provided in the email for people to donate goes to the ActBlue website. ActBlue, a federally registered political action committee, helps Democratic candidates raise money and saves donor emails for future fundraising efforts.

The Washington Free Beacon has previously reported on Democratic politicians and political action committees using ActBlue to collect donor emails for future fundraising efforts.

ActBlue, launched in 2004, has called itself "the online clearinghouse for Democratic action."

"ActBlue is a nonprofit, building fundraising technology for the left," the organization says on its website. "Democratic campaigns get more donations through ActBlue than any other platform."

"A majority of Democratic Senate and House campaigns—along with the DCCC, DSCC, DGA, over one-third of statewide campaigns, and advocacy organizations around the country—have chosen ActBlue," the website adds, noting that the organization has raised nearly $3 billion for "Democrats and progressive causes" in 14 years.

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