Dems’ online fundraising platform halts donations for Cuomo

ActBlue, the Democratic party’s online fundraising platform, has stopped processing donations for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The move comes after an investigation from New York’s Attorney General that said he sexually harassed 11 women and as the state Assembly’s judiciary committee said its impeachment investigation into the governor is nearly complete.

“You have attempted to make a contribution to a fundraising page that has no active recipients: either the page’s owner has removed all committees or organizations from the page, or we have concluded processing contributions for these committees or organizations,” a fundraising page for Cuomo reads. 

The fundraising organization confirmed they had made the decision to stop processing donations to him. Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

New York’s governorship is up for election in 2022 and Cuomo said  in May 2019 that he was planning  to run for a fourth term. During the pandemic, Cuomo became known on the national stage. But earlier this year, he faced accusations of sexual harassment, leading to Attorney General Letitia James to open an investigation into the allegations. James announced earlier this week that the investigation had concluded Cuomo had “sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.” 

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at New York’s Yankee Stadium on Monday, July 26, 2021. Richard Drew / AP

Since James’ investigation was released, local, state and national politicians — including President Biden — have said Cuomo should resign. Further, the state Assembly had begun an impeachment inquiry in March, and said on Thursday that it expected to wrap it up soon. 

ActBlue’s decision cuts off grassroots, small-dollar donations to Cuomo. Since ActBlue’s founding in 2004, it has been a vital fundraising tool for Democrats. 

In August 2020, ActBlue shut down the fundraising page for a 19-year-old state House nominee in Kansas who  admitted to circulating revenge porn. Coleman tweeted a statement from ActBlue that said he is “out of alignment with ActBlue’s mission.”