UPDATE: We're keeping the fund drive at the top of the blog to pester you into being generous. We're already at nearly $2,000 raised. Thanks so much to all those who donated this morning. 

If you haven't contributed yet, please consider making a contribution to support our work holding local government accountable. Remember Erica's classic scoop on the McGinn Squad, which led to the resignation of a top McGinn aide.

"PubliCola has become a major force in state politics and is, in many ways, defining new media itself. The well respected site has quickly become a thought leader with front-line, nuanced coverage of the inside game of how big decisions happen. The site has the integrity of 'real journalism' with the attitude, edge, perspective and energy of a new-media leader."—State Rep. Reuven Carlyle

PubliCola celebrated its third birthday last month.  From our beginnings with “offices” in the state capitol cafeteria, to becoming the first online-only site in state history to get credentials to cover the state legislature (and then city hall), to now—being the go-to news site for local politics nerds---we’re entering our fourth year with a bang.

But we need your help and support.



We take pride in regularly bringing you news and information that no one else has. Hopefully you’ve been following the meaty back and forth editorials here between major Democratic donor Nick Hanauer and teachers' union president Mary Lindquist, after we broke the news that Hanauer is thinking about backing Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna because he believes Democratic leaders in Olympia are too beholden to the teachers' union.

I am as convinced as I have ever been that there is a demand for the kind of reporting and commentary that PubliCola provides on politics, government, and civic affairs. Our steadily growing readership numbers certainly confirm this. Thousands of daily PubliCola readers have come to rely on our public policy, transportation, local government, and campaign reporting (and to spar with our regular opinion pieces).

But we’ve also entered this year with the tough realization that ad sales are currently not enough to sustain the work we do. We’re not too far off—just a few thousand dollars shy—of meeting our monthly costs to keep Erica asking the tough questions at Mayor McGinn’s press conferences and to keep me monitoring committee hearings (and campaign finance numbers) in Olympia. But we are not there yet.

That is why we’re asking all of you PubliCola junkies to make a contribution and help sustain this work and this site. We're exploring some compelling ideas to  make PubliCola self-sustaining over the next year (yes, we are always scheming here at PubliCola HQ), but in the interim we still have to pay the freight.

And so today, we're launching our own PBS-style PubliCola pledge drive. We need to raise $10,000 over the next couple of weeks to support our independent brand of on-line and on-the-ground journalism.

If you’re addicted to Fizz (and Afternoon Jolt), then Erica and I ask that you help keep this one-of-a-kind site going. Whether you can afford to give $10 or $1000, every bit helps. Remember, a $50 contribution works out to less than $1 a week over the course of a year. A great deal for your daily news fix.

We wish we didn't have to ask for your help. We wish we were getting rich off this site (we know, not going to happen). We wish a lot of things, but mostly we want the opportunity to keep doing -- and improving on -- what we've been doing over the last three years: Bringing  you invaluable information and political gossip about all the politics and government stories that no one else is covering. Please be generous and give whatever you can afford. Because the sooner we can reach our goal, the sooner we will stop pestering you for money. Thanks.

Just click the button below to contribute (don't worry, you don't need a Paypal account.) (Note: PubliCola is not a 501 (c) (3), so contributions are not tax deductible.)