Two months from now, the members of the Democratic National Committee will
elect a new party chairman. And we welcome the spirited discussion among
candidates, activists, and progressive organizations on the direction and future
of the Democratic Party.
Under Chairman Terry McAuliffe's leadership, the DNC has spent the past four
years making the power of grassroots activism a top priority. Thanks to those
efforts, the Democratic Party is stronger than it has ever been before.
- In 2000, the DNC only raised $35 million in small
donations. Most of our resources -- over $150 million -- came in large
donations. But in 2004, there was a remarkable turnaround. This year, the vast
majority of our funding -- over $248 million -- came from average Americans
donating what they could, while large donations actually went down to just $105
million -- less than a third of our total.
- In the past four years, the DNC expanded its
small donor base seven fold, from 400,000 in 2000 to 2.7 million in 2004.
- The DNC invested $80 million in grassroots field
organizing in 2004 -- 166 percent over 2000.
- The DNC fielded more than 2000 organizers in
battleground states, and conducted 530 organizing conventions across the
country, training nearly 80,000 attendees.
- We also mobilized 233,000 volunteers, knocking on
11 million doors, and making 38 million volunteer phone calls.
These remarkable accomplishments could not have been achieved without your
tireless dedication to our party and to the enacting the strategic plans we put
in place over the past four years.
One thing is certain: The gains of the past cannot be reversed. The power of
the grassroots will not put back in the bottle. And the future of the Democratic
Party looks stronger than ever. We all need to pull together and work
We want your opinion on our party's future. Use this link to give us your
The DNC Internet Team,
Doug, Jesse, Nancy, Morra, and Eric