A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by Ann W. Herberger / Oct 14 2013
“You have written a plan, right?”
It’s a question I usually ask the manager or general consultant at the start of any campaign. More often than not, I’m met with a blank stare or they tell me once they have my plan, then they will incorporate it into their plan.
Now, I know the days of management by objectives (MBO) have gone by the wayside, but I’m shocked by how many campaign professionals think they
by C&E Staff / Oct 09 2013
Sidney Galanty made TV ads that helped Rep. Lloyd Doggett win a Senate primary in Texas, elect first the African American mayor of Chicago and close down a degraded nuclear power plant in California.
"Most of us Democrats thought a campaign was about educating the voters. Sid convinced me campaigning is about telling the story to get voters to come to your side,” says Bob Mulholland, a long-time Democratic strategist in California. "He was able
by Sean J. Miller / Oct 09 2013
Fundraising consultants are waiting to see if the Supreme Court makes another major change to campaign finance law when it rules in McCutcheon v. FEC.
The case was heard by the court Tuesday. Despite the arguments of attorneys for Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon, the Republican National Committee and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, observers questioned whether the justices would be willing to reopen the issue of limitations on campaign contributions.
by Erik Nilsson / Oct 08 2013
In the age of cryptocurrency, the leading player is Bitcoin, a financial transactional tool that’s just beginning to move from the fringe to early adaptors. Think of Bitcoin as an open-source digital currency that’s not backed by any particular entity. Bitcoin may be relatively new but it’s already a $1-billion industry and could soon be another fundraising avenue for campaigns.
Users of Bitcoin benefit from its high level of privacy as transactions aren’t monitored
by David Rosen / Oct 07 2013
Political psychology has identified six basic personality types that are typically found in the world of public affairs. There are certainly other personality types in any human population, but they lack the psychological traits necessary to produce both interest and success in politics.
No politician is a perfect distillation of any of these types, including the examples mentioned here. Most of people have a preponderance of qualities pointing to a primary type and some qualities
by Sean J. Miller / Oct 02 2013
Organizer, a San Francisco-based firm that markets voter contact applications for mobile devices, will now offer a service that integrates NationBuilder's data, allowing a canvasser to update his campaign's voter universe while going door-to-door.
"Having them get real data coming in from the field allows them to filter out where they're getting traction in certain turf," Chris Kelly, Organizer's CEO, tells C&E. "It flows the data right back into the NationBuilder nation they're using for the
by Ann W. Herberger / Sep 30 2013
All eyes should be on the Supreme Court this October when they hear McCutcheon v. FEC.
While not quite as exciting as the upcoming cast reunion of the “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” the question presented before the Court could help federal party committees better compete with super PACs by allowing them to raise thousands more in contributions by eliminating the aggregate contribution limits that are now in place.
by Tom Serres / Sep 24 2013
When I first heard that CMDI’s Erik Nilsson was taking to C&E to launch a broadside against Rally.org and was lumping us in with one of the biggest brands in the world (PayPal), I smiled. Then I read his piece, and found myself perplexed and exasperated.
Erik’s piece was so full of inaccuracies and misleading half-truths, Factcheck.org would have a field day. I’m surprised that someone from a company
by Erik Nilsson / Sep 24 2013
Processing political donations through PayPal, Google Shopping Cart, Square, Amazon or Rally.org can seem like the perfect solution for campaigns trying to raise a quick buck. All you need to do is give them your email address and bank information and they send you your money. Right?
Not so fast. These companies, called “aggregators” by the likes of Visa and MasterCard, set up a single credit card merchant account that they share among
by Aaron Windeknecht / Sep 20 2013
Over the last couple years I’ve been fortunate enough to grow the presence of a few online communities to just shy of half a million followers. During that time we’ve had a number of posts go viral and a few posts break the million “like” barrier on Facebook.
I’ve been able to use these pages as a testing ground for engagement and as a determination on what posts are more likely to go
by Sean J. Miller / Sep 20 2013
Political bloggers paid by campaigns will be subject to new regulations from California's Fair Political Practices Commission.
For months the FPPC has been mulling ways to regulate the campaign blogosphere. At its June meeting, the commission considered a draft regulation to provides the public with an “easy-to-use means of determining who is being paid to provide Internet content for campaigns.” The FPPC considered the matter again at its August 22 meeting.
by Jake Williams / Sep 17 2013
Having a blog, for many consulting firms, is a must. Maintaining it is a different story. Dedicated blog readers like ourselves are often disappointed to find a stale hiring announcement lurking on the blog of a large firm. Luckily, that’s not the norm.