by Sean J. Miller / Jan 03 2014
Despite a lack of clarity from the FEC, at least one prominent Senate candidate is now accepting donations via Bitcoin.
The move has some fundraising experts wondering how the FEC will react. When the commission heard a proposal to allow candidates to accept Bitcoins last November, commissioners were concerned about campaigns collecting the personal data of the donors.
During transactions involving the currency, only the parties' bitcoin addresses are public. The hearing ended
by Jason McDonald / Jan 01 2014
Over the last year, I had the opportunity to interview operatives from around the country as host of the “Getting Elected” podcast. At the end of each interview I like to ask my guest, “What’s the biggest mistake you see campaigns and candidates making over and over?” Based on their answers, here are the four common mistakes that every campaign should resolve to avoid in 2014.
Neglecting to focus on the big picture
by Anne Hathaway / Dec 27 2013
If you're asking yourself whether it makes sense to base your operations outside of the Beltway or set up a regional satellite office, the answer is definitely yes.
Whereas the media power centers are still based in New York and Washington, D.C., the political power centers are rapidly relocating to state capitals.
I saw this firsthand in the spring of 2011 when then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) weighed a potential campaign for president. Reporters
by Ben Donahower / Dec 26 2013
What was on my Christmas list? Yard signs, of course. And this season didn't disappoint. But for those politicos whose cravings went unfulfilled by this year’s gift haul, don’t fret. There’s always next year when your Ralphie-esque wish for collectible campaign paraphernalia can come true.
There are two types of yard signs that make for an interesting collection. The first are historically or personally significant yard signs: The candidates that you have worked for and
by Brandon Lewis / Dec 23 2013
If you’re a consultant who works for candidates seeking state or local offices, you have your own set of unique fundraising challenges to overcome. Unlike larger federal races or statewide efforts where a full-time finance director is at the helm, your candidate is likely running while holding down a full-time job with part-time campaign staffers or a motley crew of volunteers.
From your perspective, fundraising serves two purposes: It increases the probability that your candidate
by David Rosen / Dec 19 2013
Will putting the Christ back in Christmas help embattled Democrats? That’s a question circulating in the wake of Sen. Mark Pryor’s (D-Ark.) latest campaign ad, which begins: “I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word.” The ad is a tender, if blunt, assertion that faith should trump partisanship. It defines Pryor in explicitly religious terms, but why is he doing it, and what does he hope
by Sean J. Miller / Dec 13 2013
It's rare for consultants to look north of the border to read the tea leaves in Washington but when it comes to the future of mail delivery that's exactly what happened this week.
After Canada Post announced it plans to phase out urban home delivery over the next six years and increase stamp prices, mail consultants wondered if the U.S. Postal Service could make a similar move to stop its $5 billion-annual net
by C&E Staff / Dec 12 2013
Purple Strategies is expanding into New England and bringing on two New Hampshire consultants. True to the firm's bi-partisan focus, they've hired a strategist from each party.
Former Bush family advisor Patrick Griffin, who is the CEO of GY&K Marketing, the largest advertising, strategic communications, and integrated marketing firm in Northern New England, will join the firm together with 2008 Obama campaign advisor Jim Demers, who's a former state lawmaker and president and CEO of
by Sean J. Miller / Dec 11 2013
The words “Republican consulting firm” and “tech startup” aren't exactly synonymous, particularly in Austin, the liberal bastion of Texas. Justin Gargiulo, a campaign veteran from Connecticut, hopes to change that.
VoterTrove, the firm Gargiulo founded in March 2012, recently joined the Capital Factory, Austin's prestigious business incubator program, which even President Obama has taken note of. Gargiulo's firm is the first political startup accepted into the program. Both sides noticed.
"Their only concern was,
by C&E Staff / Dec 10 2013
The McAuliffe campaign is being held up as a paragon of digital advocacy.
Since defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli in November, the Virginia governor-elect's campaign has been widely recognized as one of the best-run efforts of 2013 and part of the reason for that was its use of digital advertising -- at least according to the consultants who helped the Democrat to a narrow victory.
“A clear pattern has been developing for years now. Campaigns
by Sean J. Miller / Dec 05 2013
God and guns are the new stars of Democratic TV advertising in the South.
The combo are veteran cast members of the GOP's regional spots, but endangered Democrats and their consultants increasingly see touting faith and firearms as the best way to distinguish their candidates from the national party.
"The key to succeeding in an ad is being authentic and meeting the voters where they are, but it has to be true to you as
by Erik Nilsson / Dec 05 2013
Campaigns now have the unique opportunity to build intimate relationships with their supporters around the clock via their mobile devices. So don’t be shy: Your supporters want to hear from you.
One in four social media users, ages 10-34, believe that it’s important to receive information about candidates on their mobile devices. This is where you’re going to find your supporters, and this is how they are going to learn about your candidate.