Campaigns return to old trick after Facebook cuts off fundraising


Cal Cunningham’s North Carolina Senate bid ended with a disappointing loss. But the Democrat left the 2020 campaign with a valuable asset after raising $51 million: his fundraising email list.
That list now belongs to Avalanche, an email acquisition service founded by Mike Nellis, a Democratic digital strategist who was a senior adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. The newly formed company — seeded by Cunningham’s list, which cost $200,000, according to Federal Election Commission filings — will charge Democratic campaigns and progressive groups to send emails to its list of prized online donors, allowing those groups to solicit contributions and expand their own email programs.

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