A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
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
by Rob Cunningham / Jun 26 2013
Low turnout in Tuesday’s special Senate election was supposed to help Republican Gabriel Gomez. But facing unseasonably hot and humid weather in Massachusetts, voters in the moderate suburbs barely outpaced reliably Democratic city voters.
Vote totals were about half that of the Scott Brown special election victory of 2010, and a third of last year’s presidential election. The numbers added up to a win for Rep. Ed Markey (D).
In the days leading up
by Shane D'Aprile & Jake Williams / Jun 25 2013
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional—a decision that earned immediate condemnation from national Democrats and voting rights advocates, who worry it will hinder efforts to combat voting discrimination.
In what was a 5-4 decision, the court’s opinion in Shelby County v. Holder held that Section 4 of the VRA is unconstitutional. Section 4 establishes the criteria for which states and localities must have changes
by C&E Staff / Jun 24 2013
The creators of a two-way public opinion aggregation platform were crowned the winners of the RevoltDC Hackathon Saturday in Washington.
Judges awarded Cameron Gallarno, Ahmad Rahim, Seif Kobrosly, Ryan Archer, and Elsa Sze, who went by the team name Agora, the top prize for their project during the day-long event at 1776, a business incubator.
Sze, a student and research assistant at the International Monetary Fund, said she plans to roll out a prototype
by C&E Staff / Jun 21 2013
GOP activists have a chance this weekend to hone the skills that have made their Democratic rivals an electoral and consulting success story.
Tech-savvy activists are set to converge at the offices of 1776 a Washington, D.C. business incubator on Saturday to compete for cash prizes in a hackathon.
The RevoltDC Hackathon is technically non-partisan, but was organized by GOP activists Andrew Hemingway and Lara Aulestia. It's designed to help activists "develop usage applications"
by Jake Williams / Jun 20 2013
Elevated Campaigns has hired Sherry Greenberg, a former advisor to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to lead the firm’s Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles offices.
She’ll work on expanding the political and public affairs firm’s national client list and manage its operations along with Jack Quigley, its managing partner, and President Julie Cutler.
“I’ve worked with a lot of political professionals over the years,” stated Quigley. “Hands down, Sherry Greenberg is one of the best
by Erik Nilsson / Jun 20 2013
When you think about a modern political campaign you think of rapid decision making and execution, collaboration, agility and operating on the very edge of resource poverty.
Traditional IT projects have long been the antithesis of political campaigns. They require carefully designed specifications, expensive platforms, engineers and developers, software frameworks and, more importantly, long-term testing and release periods.
Because campaigns and IT projects are so different, campaigns have always had a love-hate relationship with technology. Even
by Sean J. Miller / Jun 19 2013
Vectis Strategies, a California-based bipartisan public affairs firm, has hired Democratic consultant Kathy Bowler to lead the firm’s Sacramento office.
Bowler, who will maintain an independent campaign consultancy, is a former head of the California Democratic Party and state director for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
“Kathy restored the fiscal and political operations of the State Democratic Party after the devastating 1994 election cycle, which left the state party deeply in debt after
by Robbie Sherwood / Jun 19 2013
The Supreme Court opinion that held Arizona’s requirement for proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in federal elections is preempted by federal law will be a boost to Democratic efforts in the state and could lead to an increase in campaign spending.
This isn’t because it will encourage illegal immigrants to vote, as the anti-immigration nativists who pushed for the voter ID law have claimed—without credibility or evidence. It will help
by Jake Williams / Jun 18 2013
Finding your voters online is one thing, but what’s the best way to motivate those voters to engage with your candidate and cause? No matter the size of your race, it all starts with a solid digital game plan.
Julie Germany, the vice president of digital strategy at DCI Group, and Tim Cameron, the director of digital media for the House Republican Conference, gave a crash course in digital strategy at C&E’s annual Art
by Jake Williams / Jun 17 2013
For all of the digital hype surrounding the use of data and technology on President Obama’s reelection effort, it was the campaign’s building and nurturing of personal relationships that truly paved the way for success.
“One thing that’s really important about digital engagement is to realize it’s actually a conversation,” Delacey Skinner of GMMB said on a panel discussion at C&E’s annual Art of Political Campaigning Conference on Monday. “You’re not talking at someone.”
by Brian Jodice / Jun 14 2013
During a recent FreedomWorks event in Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz (R) let fly a teleprompter-free speech that quickly grabbed national attention. Cruz, fresh off leading the effort to block the Democrats’ gun control legislation, turned the conversation back to his GOP colleagues and called a handful of them (who remained nameless) “squishes.”
Who was there to capture the moment? Not the mainstream media, not a gaggle of press cohorts, not Cruz’s campaign media team –