"Democracy Engine is a bellwether for politics. The need is there, the organizations are there, the people are there. This is the kind of fundraising innovation the Left has been waiting for."

- Lara Bergthold, Chair of the Board of Directors, People For the American Way

"What I find most compelling about Democracy Engine is that my customers don’t need a merchant account. They can be up and running with little hassle in just a few hours. And, as a developer, the API is much easier to work with than traditional gateways like Authorize.net. I highly recommend Democracy Engine to all my US-based customers."

- Jim Gilliam, Founder and CEO, NationBulder.com

"What makes Democracy Engine such a powerful tool is its flexibility. Each time we came up with a new way we wanted to fundraise for our candidates, we discovered that the platform could accommodate our needs -- it really could go with us. … The power and simplicity of this platform allowed us to engage our existing members, significantly grow our list, and dramatically multiply our technology investment into serious hard dollars for our endorsed candidates."

- Ilana Goldman, President, Women’s Campaign Forum (2005-2009)

"In the 2008 cycle, HRC PAC started using Democracy Engine, and we were instantly impressed. Democracy Engine's system is incredibly easy to use, allows for instant updates and editing, and made reporting effortless. Many of our donors and bipartisan candidates have thanked HRC for having such a simple and useful system."

- Mike Mings, PAC Director, Human Rights Campaign

"Together, Jonathan, Erik and Josh make for a truly innovative team. They have worked hard to build a visionary yet practical platform, one that will be taking politics well into the 21st century."

- Jackson Dunn, National Finance Director,
Democratic National Committee (2001-2005)

“Integrating our processing system with Democracy Engine's API was a breeze and their technical support while we programmed and tested was exceptional.  In less than 48 hours we were ready to go ... taking new customers live now takes less than a day.”

- Chris Lundberg, CEO, Salsa Labs

"Perhaps most importantly, in Jonathan Zucker we never had a vendor or consultant, but rather another member of our own team, with the same goals and mission -- it made a huge difference to have a trusted professional on our side when launching a new and important initiative."

- Ilana Goldman, President, Women’s Campaign Forum (2005-2009)

"As a political consulting firm, we've set up a lot of clients to accept online contributions. We're used to the lengthy process that you go through via traditional gateways like Authorize.net, in which most of the time they're asking for information that political campaigns almost never have. Your sign-up and validation process could not have been easier: a simple process asking for information we have on hand and one day later our client was accepting online donations."

- Kevin Yee, Stearns Consulting, San Francisco

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When will I get my money?


Democracy Engine generally distributes funds weekly (to ensure that our political recipients are in compliance with all campaign finance laws) or monthly.  Our weekly distributions cover a period from 12am on Monday to 11:59:59pm on Sunday ET (some slight variations with donations made between midnight and 3am ET will occur due to the different time zones in which servers exist), while our monthly distributions cover a period from 12am on the 1st of the month to 11:59:59pm on the last day of the month ET (as with weekly checks, some slight variations occur).

For those receiving a check, we cut checks on Monday and they generally arrive on Thursday or Friday for weekly checks and a few days into the new month for monthly checks.  There are no fees to receive monthly checks, but weekly checks carry a fee of $2/check (this fee is waived for campaign entities required by law to receive funds weekly).

For those receiving funds via ACH direct deposit, we initiate those transfers on Wednesdays and funds deposited in your account on Thursday.  There are no fees to receive weekly deposits via ACH.  

Out of cycle ACH transfers (meaning not part of our standard weekly transfer) are possible, but carry a fee of $10 to cover bank charges we incur.  We can also Wire funds with a fee of $40 (and potential incoming wire fees from your bank).  In all cases, we can only transfer funds that have been reconciled, which generally precludes transfers of funds donated the same day we make the transfer.

ACH transfers deposit the next business day (excluding weekends and holidays).  Wire transfers deposit the same day they are made.