Democracy Engine is a flexible, completely self-contained donation processor that channels funds between donors and causes of any size. With a suite of simple and effective online tools, we provide a solution for anyone who donates, manages, tracks, raises, or receives financial contributions on behalf of candidates, organizations, committees, or causes.
Democracy Engine is the most inclusive platform in the industry—donors have the freedom to contribute to organizations, candidates, and causes at any level, from individual donations in local races to multi-candidate contributions in national campaigns. Democracy Engine is a nonpartisan entity, so you can raise or donate regardless of political affiliation.
Recipients of donations processed through Democracy Engine have access to a toolkit of unparalleled flexibility and have nearly infinite options to customize the experience through our API. Our universal platform ensures that organizations won’t have to change fundraising systems as they shift focus between state, local and national elections. Democracy Engine also integrates seamlessly with established fundraising and data management systems. Because the platform has been written with campaign finance regulations in mind, it allows organizations to focus less on internal administration and more on the business of raising money for the candidates and causes they support.
Our users receive the benefits of both cutting-edge technology and an experienced legal team, which together act as a reliable and time-tested partner in managing the constantly changing world of campaign finance. Between its versatility and its basis in campaign finance expertise, Democracy Engine makes every donation more effective.
Jonathan Zucker, CEO
Jonathan Zucker is one of the most innovative minds in political technology, and is the pioneering force behind Democracy Engine.
Before forming Democracy Engine, Jonathan was the executive director for ActBlue—the nation’s largest source of funds for Democrats—and transformed the organization into a fundraising powerhouse with more than $87 million raised.
Jonathan has served as national director of operations for finance at the Democratic National Committee, where he presided over the DNC’s record-breaking $100 million major donor program in 2004, and at a wide variety of progressive and Democratic organizations as a field organizer, fundraiser, administrator, and attorney, including the Interfaith Alliance, Human Rights Campaign, Gill Foundation, and the Democratic Leadership Council.
Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Erik Pennebaker, Chief Technology Officer
Erik Pennebaker leads Democracy Engine’s technical development efforts.
Erik’s unparalleled knowledge of Web-based fundraising systems and understanding of complex data management for bundling operations made him a pioneering member Hillary Clinton’s groundbreaking campaigns for Senate and the presidency. During the 2008 election cycle, the system he created for then-Senator Clinton was the online heart of her more than $221 million fundraising effort.
Erik has been a pioneer of online fundraising for over a decade, providing Web-based fundraising support for Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid, developing donation infrastructure throughout the 2006 Senate campaigns, and overseeing Senator Kerry’s multimillion dollar bundling operation for various Democratic candidates.
Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s College of Engineering. Currently, he offers a variety of online fundraising services and technical support through his Wet Gecko Project to clients ranging from grassroots organizations to former Vice President Al Gore.