From Voice of America
The U.S. Republican Party (GOP) believes it finally has its answer to the Democratic fundraising behemoth ActBlue. GOP groups are lending their support to a new donor platform called Patriot Pass, which they say will help the party match and even surpass the organization that sent more than $700 million to Democratic campaigns in 2018.
After the Republican Party’s midterm losses, party officials said they needed to find a way to match ActBlue’s small-dollar fundraising power. The Republican platform is a joint effort of GOP payment processing firm Revv and the party’s data clearinghouse, DataTrust. Revv founder Gerrit Lansing says that combination will help the GOP pass Democrats. Democrats are playing a game of catch-up of their own, struggling to create a hub for their data to rival DataTrust.
News of the deal to form the new Patriot Pass was first reported by Politico. In their exclusive, some more interesting information about the Patriot Pass was revealed:
Final details of how Patriot Pass will function are still being worked out. But those involved say it will have many of the same features as ActBlue. Visitors will be able to send one-click donations to their candidate of choice. Afterward, their screen will repopulate with suggestions of other campaigns to contribute to.
Designers also intend to create the capability for tandem fundraising, a mechanism that allows candidates to split their donations — and essentially tie themselves to — others who have widespread grassroots support. House contenders, for example, will be able to send out solicitations asking for contributions for themselves and Trump.