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January 03, 2014 10:28 AM Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

By Ed Kilgore

So having rattled the cup loudly and frequently last month, I want to report to PA readers the results of our 2013 fundraising drive: 497 donations for a total of $25,596. The dollar amount is up by 34% from last year, and the number of donors is up by 22%. All in all, it’s our best results from the annual fundraiser since 2007, when Kevin Drum’s cats apparently went all in to tug on everyone’s heart-strings.

I realize the dollar amounts here seem puny at a time when Ezra Klein has reportedly asked for an “eight-figure” investment in a new subsite at WaPo. But our typical donation is about $50, and for many of our readers, that’s a real sacrifice. And by the same token, I can assure you WaMo operates on about as tight a budget as you can imagine. Not a dime will be wasted.

To those who donated in December, I just can’t thank you enough. And to those who didn’t, thank you for putting up with the daily fundraising pleas.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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