A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by Ben Donahower / Jul 29 2013
There's a lot of popular interest in color psychology and in the case of the humble yard sign, it's one of the few decisions that a campaign needs to make. It's important, however, to put colors' influence in context. There are a number of other factors to consider when choosing the best color for a campaign sign, including choosing colors that are easy to see and contrast with one another and that are in line
by Sean J. Miller / Jul 25 2013
The consulting industry in California is waiting to see if the state's Fair Political Practices Commission follows through on a proposal to require candidates and campaigns to publicly report payments to people who generate promotional blog posts and social media commentary.
At its June meeting, the FPPC considered a draft regulation, which according to a memo “simply provides the public with an easy-to-use means of determining who is being paid to
by Sean J. Miller / Jul 24 2013
Laura Fink, who was Bob Filner's deputy campaign manager during his 2006 congressional reelection campaign, has accused the Democrat of patting her “posterior” – the latest allegation of sexual misconduct against the San Diego mayor.
While Fink was a staffer at the time, she's since co-founded a San Diego-based political consulting firm called Fink & Hernandez Consulting LLC.
Her story could make Filner even more radioactive to outside consultants.
During a fundraiser -- the
by Sean J. Miller / Jul 23 2013
Voiceover actor Lary Lewman is being remembered in the consulting world as the dean of political narrators.
"He was the first narrator I ever worked with," Mark Putnam, a Democratic media strategist, tells C&E. "He not only had a wonderful voice, he was also a voice of calm in what could be very stressful situations if you were crashing on a deadline."
The 76-year-old Lewman died July 11 at his Clarksville, Md.
by Ryan Williams / Jul 22 2013
During the 2012 election, President Obama ruthlessly attacked Gov. Mitt Romney for his 2008 New York Times op-ed on restructuring the American auto industry. The piece, titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” (a headline that was written by editors at the Times, not Romney) gave the Obama campaign fodder to unfairly paint the former Massachusetts governor as somebody who had lost touch with the struggles facing the city that he was born and grew
by Joao Soares and Tina Schoen / Jul 19 2013
With the National Association of Secretaries of State gathering in Anchorage, Alaska this week for its annual meeting, these top elections officials have a chance to take an important step forward that the federal government cannot.
In a nation where the Constitution leaves most election management details to the states, united action from the NASS could fundamentally strengthen U.S. elections and their compliance with the country’s international commitments.
As a founding member of the
by Chris Crotty / Jul 19 2013
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has served in elected office since 1979, including school board, city council and Congress. In 2012, Filner gave up his safe congressional seat to successfully run for mayor – his crowning achievement.
Filner is a passionate champion of progressive issues. He often personally deals with constituent concerns. His allies are among labor, minorities and environmentalists. He's at his best when fighting for the "little guy" against big business and the Republican
by Sean J. Miller / Jul 18 2013
CMDI will now offer a service it’s touting as TurboTax for campaigns.
The campaign finance services platform is making the product, known as CrimsonFiler, available to all its Crimson users starting July 22.
"It's one of the most significant changes to the Federal Election Commission filing process since CMDI was the first to file electronically," Erik Nilsson, who runs sales and marketing for CMDI, tells C&E.
CMDI, which handles two of every three dollars raised
by Sean J. Miller / Jul 10 2013
*This article has been corrected since first published.
Direct mail consultant Kevin Mack avoided California labor's blacklist but his former partner Jim Crounse is now considered persona non grata by influential Golden State unions.
The actions that led to Crounse landing on the California Labor Federation's (CLF) do-not-hire list are part of what caused a break up of one of the most influential Democratic direct mail firms earlier this year.
by Brandon Howell / Jul 08 2013
In the Republican bastion of Georgia, GOPers occupy every statewide office, hold a super-majority in the Senate and a regular majority in the House.
But as the Supreme Court recognized recently with its Voting Rights Act ruling, things are changing in the Peach State and elsewhere in the South.
Demographic changes, in particular, could put Georgia in play for a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. They almost certainly will make for a heated governor’s
by Erik Nilsson / Jun 28 2013
Summer is the perfect time to learn how to set up an efficient, scalable campaign treasury office. But forget summer school, we’ve put together a three-part Campaign S.U.N. Series. It contains the practices CMDI has developed from our experience working with 13 presidential campaign committees, including every GOP presidential nominee since Bob Dole.
S.U.N. stands for:
S is for “Structure”
Establish and document strict, internal controls on receivables and payables management at the beginning.
U is for “Unauthorized/Undisclosed/Unaccounted”
by Jake Williams / Jun 27 2013
The political strategist who ran California’s Prop 8 campaign expects more ballot fights over same-sex marriage in the wake of this week’s Supreme Court decisions, but he says activists will need to jolt their fundraising efforts to fund future statewide ballot campaigns.
Frank Schubert, president of Mission Public Affairs and political director for the National Organization for Marriage, says the high court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act should encourage gay