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Smoot Tewes Group 'one-stop shopping for candidates'

by Sean J. Miller / Oct 21 2013

Paul Tewes and Julianna Smoot have teamed to launch a full-service consulting firm that will blend their field and fundraising specialties.

"I think we're a firm that is going to be one-stop shopping for candidates, causes and issues that want to hire good folks, experienced folks who have been through this before," Tewes tells C&E. "From communications to digital to grassroots and field, fundraising and development all bases are covered."

Tewes cemented his reputation

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Has California killed the golden goose?

by Steven Maviglio  / Oct 17 2013

Last month, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission passed the nation’s first sweeping attempt at regulating the use of digital media in campaigns – a move that'll shake up the way social media firms and bloggers operate in the state.

Ann Ravel, the former FPPC chairwoman who left the watchdog agency last week to join the Federal Election Commission, had been on a jihad for two years trying to regulate the online media.

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How one state trained generations of women for political careers

by Anne Hathaway / Oct 15 2013

When it comes to helping women build careers in politics, some states do better than others. For more than two decades, women in Indiana have been getting their first taste of public service through the Lugar Series.

What we have learned here in Indiana is that we can do so much to expand the ranks of women leaders in politics, especially on the Republican side of the aisle, through a combination of outreach and engagement.

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The importance of writing a plan

The importance of writing a plan

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

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Media consultant Sidney Galanty left his mark with ‘Butler,’ ‘Shame’ ads

Media consultant Sidney Galanty left his mark with ‘Butler,’ ‘Shame’ ads

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

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Fundraising consultants wait on McCutcheon 

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.

"There was

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Will Bitcoins be fundraising currency in 2016?

Will Bitcoins be fundraising currency in 2016?

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

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The 6 political personality types

The 6 political personality types

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

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Organizer and NationBuilder announce collaboration 

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

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The case for eliminating contribution limits

The case for eliminating contribution limits

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. 

Should they

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Rally.org is called crowdfunding because of the crowds

Rally.org is called crowdfunding because of the crowds

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

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Why PayPal, Rally.org and Square are bad for campaigns

Why PayPal, Rally.org and Square are bad for campaigns

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

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