Democrats.com is the oldest and largest online community of Democratic Party and progressive activists, with nearly 3 million subscribers.
Democrats.com was launched at the 2000 Democratic convention in Los Angeles by two veteran Democratic consultants Bob Fertik and David Lytel. Our vision was to create the leading news and community Web site for the progressive base of the Democratic Party, in order to lead the fight against the radical right and the Republican Party led by George Bush and Dick Cheney. We called ourselves the "Aggressive Progressives."
We quickly fulfilled our vision after the polls closed on Election Day 2000 and reports streamed in from Florida about the infamous "butterfly ballot" and the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of Democratic voters. Long before the word "blogging" was invented, we posted real-time news about the recount in Florida and the nationwide grassroots movement to "count every vote."
In December 2000, after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out 175,000 Florida ballots that had never been counted, we worked with the Congressional Black Caucus to write the brief they used to challenge Florida's electors on January 6, 2001 - a scene made famous at the start of Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9-11.
From 2000 to 2004, Democrats.com published the first and only daily news service by and for Democratic activists. Each newsletter contained roughly 20 links to the most important stories published that day, both in the mainstream media and on progressive Web sites. We also organized online and offline campaigns on urgent issues like opposing the invasion of Iraq. For more details, read our History.
On Election Day 2004, Democrats.com switched to a blog format. We expanded our efforts to end the wars, impeach George W. Bush for lying and war crimes, and elect more progressive Democrats. In 2006, we helped elect Democratic majorities to the House and Senate, and in 2008 we helped elected President Obama, who campaigned on a promise to bring our troops home from Iraq.
After the financial crash of September 2008 produced 10% unemployment, we created the Job Party to fight for millions of emergency jobs. During the health care debate of 2009-2010, we supported Medicare for Everyone as the best way to provide quality, affordable health care.
After four years of unrelenting opposition from Republicans, President Obama was re-elected in 2012. Democrats.com is fighting to create jobs, protect Social Security and Medicare, enact common-sense gun laws, and combat climate change.
(1) We have never received a penny from George Soros or any other billionaire - unlike FOX, which is funded by Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.