The 2016 election was lost in just a handful of battlegrounds. In 2018, we fight everywhere. It Starts Today is an independent initiative through which grassroots donors can fund every Democratic nominee for the House and Senate. We don’t play favorites or write anyone off, and your money goes directly to the nominee in every race in every district in every state.
WHAT IS IT STARTS TODAY?
It Starts Today is a PAC, incorporated as a nonprofit in Delaware and registered with the Federal Election Commission. All contributions to It Starts Today and all of our expenditures will be reported to the FEC quarterly and publicly disclosed on their website.
WHY INCREMENTS OF $4.68?
There are 468 House and Senate seats up for election in 2018. We require recurring donations in increments of $4.68 to make the math work.
HOW DOES IT STARTS TODAY WORK?
In a nutshell: your contribution is a direct donation to each one of the 468 Democratic nominees for Congress in 2018. We take your donation, divide it into 468 parts and hold onto the money until each nominee is selected by a party primary in their state. Then we send them the money.
In more legalistic terms (for the lawyers and campaign finance geeks out there): the funds you donate via this website are contributions to It Starts Today that are then designated (“earmarked” in campaign finance regulation-speak) for specific purposes.
The core contributions are earmarked for each of the 468 Democratic nominees for each House district or Senate seat in the 2018 general election in accordance with FEC Advisory Opinion 1982-23.
Donations to support and market this website are contributions to It Starts Today, a nonprofit federal PAC.
WHEN WILL THE NOMINEES GET MY MONEY?
It Starts Today will hold onto your donations for each nominee until their primary election. We then have 10 days to send your money (along with everyone else's) to the newly nominated Democrat. After that first big lump sum, there are weekly distributions until the election.
All donations—along with all disbursements—are reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Reporting is quarterly and the FEC makes all reports available online, so you can always check on your donations and our distributions.
WHAT ABOUT FEES?
We're all about transparency, so you should know that It Starts Today relies on Democracy Engine, LLC, to process contributions. Jonathan Zucker, who founded It Starts Today, also founded Democracy Engine. So, yes, he does have a financial interest in the success of this effort. To mitigate that interest—and to emphasize our goal of saving the world (and not, you know, getting rich)—here’s the fee structure:
Nobody is trying to get rich from It Starts Today. We just want to cut Trump off at the knees and make the country—and world—a better place.
All “tips” to It Starts Today itself go to the nonprofit PAC and will be spent building this concept into a movement.