— Zach Green (@140elect) February 7, 2013
I founded 140elect in 2011 to help political campaigns engage on Twitter. Each time the issues changed after a week or a month. During this experience I began to look beyond the controversy du jour and recognize the underlying relationships that fuel all activism on Twitter. We may be working on gun control today and immigration reform tomorrow, but the same people will be the ones fighting.
In August of 2012 we launched UniteBlue.com to connect the Left on Twitter. I wasn’t interested in another top-down organization. UniteBlue is a bottom-up attempt to empower activists to push their agendas. Recently it has come under attack from both Right and Left, letting us know we’re doing something right. Every day there are new smear campaigns. We’ve compiled a list of them below. Every one has actually been asked.
Are you funded by Karl Rove and other GOP groups?
No. Every dollar spent to build UniteBlue has come out of my own pocket. Every hour spent has come from turning away other work and clients. It has been more than worth it.
Are you a trick by conservatives to infiltrate and silence the Left?
If we were, I guess we’re doing a crappy job. Over a million new connections have now been made between folks on the Left thanks to UniteBlue. We couldn’t control them if we tried. We give constant advice on how to prevent suspensions and create backup accounts so nobody can ever be silenced.
Aren’t you a political consultant?
Yes. We consider that a plus. Other folks have tried cracking the problem of organizing thousands on Twitter and failed. It just can not be solved without technology, expertise, and an incredible amount of hard work. We do a lot of work with Twitter development, and putting software behind this movement is essential.
Why do you hide the fact you are a political consultant?
I don’t. It’s on my Twitter biography, and UniteBlue.com points to 140elect.com in multiple places, including the Homepage and About page.
Why did you appear out of nowhere?
We didn’t. UniteBlue launched six months ago, it has just taken off recently. See our initial press release here.
Do you work for the Right?
No. We work solely with groups on the Left, and independents who fight for issues on the Left. For example, if a moderate wants to push for immigration reform and get both parties on board, we might help them out. We believe in expanding the base and pushing folks to the Left, not only preaching to the choir.
Do you support Ron Paul?
No. There is another Zach Green in Jacksonville FL who does, according to Google searches. I have a pretty common name. I feel like I have mocked Ronulans enough to avoid this criticism.
Did you work for Buddy Roemer?
Yes, when he ran for President under the Reform Party, seeking the nomination of Americans Elect. We were also working to support Occupy Wall Street at the time, and Buddy Roemer only had one issue: get money out of politics. He actually visited Zuccotti Park a few times. We liked that. We fought to curb the influence of Wall Street, special interests, and millionaires. It is true he was a Republican for a few years prior, but he was also a Democrat for 8 years in the House of Representatives and as Governor of Louisiana. In the end he joined NoLabels, and we agreed to jump on board to push an issue firmly on the Left. We don’t agree with everything Governor Roemer believes, but we agree our government is being bought.
Are you trying to make money?
Yes. An incredible amount of technology and time goes behind UniteBlue, and that takes some level of funds to maintain. So far, we’ve done it all out of pocket. We are growing rapidly, would love to bring others on board, and that takes a couple things like salaries. UniteBlue will always be free to join. If you want, use everything we build for free. We are also in the process of becoming a 501c4 non-profit.
Are you going to sell our emails?
We will never share, sell, or rent your email address with anyone without your advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Learn more at our privacy page.
Why do I need to give you access to my Twitter account?
In order to use the internals of our website such as following, you need to authorize your account. All Twitter applications require authorization in order to Tweet and follow on your behalf. However, you do not need to use our website to join UniteBlue.
Are you tracking us across the Internet with cookies?
Before people started asking this I didn’t know it was even possible. Our CTO says it is apparently. We’re not doing it, nor do I understand why we would.
Why are you doing this?
I believe in the cause. UniteBlue is the most satisfying project I have worked on, and I would love to close down 140elect consulting and focus on it full time. I’ve lost a good bit of income from turning away clients to work on UniteBlue already. My whole life I have been someone who brings people together and gets things done. Today #JobsNotCuts has been trending because of UniteBlue, and President Obama joined in again. Watching President Obama join our last three Twitterbombs has been incredible. Together, we are actually changing the conversation. MSNBC and others have begun to take notice. I know I can make more impact growing this movement than consulting for anyone else, so I am going to keep on the good fight in the face of the endless smear campaigns ahead.
Republicans have done us a favor by fracturing. Let’s never return the favor. What unites us is far greater than what divides us. #UniteBlue
— Stronger Together (@UniteBlue) February 24, 2013