A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by Sean J. Miller / Jun 12 2013
The consulting world is mourning the death of Doug Bailey, a former political adviser to Gerald Ford and media pioneer.
The Hotline, which was founded by Bailey and Democratic strategist Roger Craver in 1979, reported he passed away Sunday night at the age of 79. As news spread through the political world, consultants remembered an experienced tactician who left his mark on campaigns.
"One of the first things I learned from Dr. Bailey, in
by Erik Nilsson / Jun 07 2013
While bartering may be making an Internet-powered comeback, it still doesn’t make sense for modern political committees to use an exchange of goods or services, known as in-kind contributions, as a form of fundraising.
In-kinds are one of the most common campaign compliance infractions so it’s difficult to understand why campaigns would accept this form of contributions. Just last month, the Federal Election Commission fined former Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) campaign committee $32,000 for accepting
by Jake Williams / Jun 06 2013
Just over two years since its launch, the software company NationBuilder has announced an $8 million round of Series B venture funding. The round was led by Omidyar Network with some of the funding coming from Andreessen Horowitz.
Jim Gilliam, founder and CEO of NationBuilder, announced the $8 million in a blog post on the company’s website Thursday. With the funding, NationBuilder plans to add resources and further its presence in the hyper-competitive political
by Mandie Suits / Jun 05 2013
NASCAR races are the ideal venue for political advertising. First, it’s widely known that many NASCAR fans are politically conservative, which means the races present right-leaning campaigns with a great outreach opportunity. This could also be true for left-leaning campaigns that want to sway conservatives.
Secondly, it’s a sport built on the same principles nearly all candidates tout while on the campaign trail: Patriotism and traditional family values. Just watch a race’s opening ceremony. It’s
by Erik Nilsson / May 31 2013
Fundraising through social media is now a mandatory part of any political digital initiative. It’s a magical button that is easy to install, provides instant access to new political supporters and totally disrupts traditional political fundraising, right? Maybe not.
According to a new study published in Ecommerce Quarterly, social commerce is almost non-existent. Social media generated only 1.55 percent of traffic to e-commerce sites. To make matters worse, only 0.71 percent
by Sean J. Miller / May 30 2013
Conservative Connector has joined the Republican digital space as an email list rental company, with a top staffer from the Prosper Group moving over to lead the growing company.
Jen Harrington had been the Prosper Group’s director of special projects, managing Conservative Connector's business operations. She'll now be Conservative Connector's director of operations.
After working with several major campaigns last cycle, Harrington tells C&E, “we've gotten big enough that we've got to hire staff directly
by Lillian D. Cavalieri / May 30 2013
With the GOP’s campaign funding increasingly concentrated in Washington, a culture of entitled frugality is gripping the state parties.
In California, some within the state GOP and its affiliates routinely approach consulting firms to inquire about their services only to make the not-so-subtle request to utilize the firms’ products for free. From Silicon Valley to San Diego, consulting firms say they’ve gotten the ask, which is troubling in light of the recent emphasis on developing
by Sean J. Miller / May 21 2013
The political industry is grappling with the death this week of Virginia Democratic consultant Rich Savage, who is being remembered as a “class act” devoted to his twin daughters.
Savage’s death Sunday has shaken the consulting community from Virginia to New Jersey to Texas and Illinois, where a regional meeting of the American Association of Political Consultants in Chicago took a somber tone after the news broke.
“There was nothing boilerplate about Rich,” Ed Traz,
by Sean J. Miller / May 10 2013
Precision, the new firm founded by three top Obama campaign staffers, can offer clients their hard-won expertise but not the data or algorithms that the president’s team used to target voters.
Teddy Goff, who together with Stephanie Cutter and Jen O’Malley Dillon founded the firm, says that shouldn’t matter to clients, who wouldn’t be able to use that information even if they did get access to it.
“The fact is that that data wouldn't be
by Sean J. Miller / May 06 2013
Two Republican consulting shops have joined forces to create a Latino-focused polling firm.
John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research and Communication (CERC) and Hector Barajas of California-headquartered Revolvis are together offering their services under the banner of Latino Edge Research.
According to a release, Nienstedt, who is Mexican-American, will head up research while Barajas, a native of East Los Angeles, will focus on messaging.
Jason Roe, a principle at Revolvis, said the new endeavor fills
by Sean J. Miller / May 06 2013
In California, some Republican consultants are getting rich while their party sinks to new depths of electoral failure. At least, that’s how Shawn Steel sees it.
Steel, a Republican National Committeeman and former head of the state GOP, is pointing the finger at the paid help for the (largely negative) electoral outcomes of his party’s candidates in recent years.
“In California we have the worst of the worst and the slowest of the slow,”
by Sean J. Miller / Apr 30 2013
Matt Rhoades, Joe Pounder and Tim Miller are out to bring their party's research infrastructure into the digital age.
Having been schooled by the 2012 cycle, these strategists are now shopping their services to campaigns, committees and PACs. Their pitch is simple: We’re not your father’s opposition research firm.
“You have to have a way to translate the field research -- the going out to the courthouse and, metaphorically speaking, digging through the trash --