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California labor blacklist names half of ex-firm Mack|Crounse

by Sean J. Miller / Jul 10 2013

*This article has been corrected since first published.

Direct mail consultant Kevin Mack avoided California labor's blacklist but his former partner Jim Crounse is now considered persona non grata by influential Golden State unions.

The actions that led to Crounse landing on the California Labor Federation's (CLF) do-not-hire list are part of what caused a break up of one of the most influential Democratic direct mail firms earlier this year.  

At the

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Georgia GOP needs tech investment to stay ahead of Dems ‘bordering on insolvency’

by Brandon Howell / Jul 08 2013

In the Republican bastion of Georgia, GOPers occupy every statewide office, hold a super-majority in the Senate and a regular majority in the House.

But as the Supreme Court recognized recently with its Voting Rights Act ruling, things are changing in the Peach State and elsewhere in the South.

Demographic changes, in particular, could put Georgia in play for a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. They almost certainly will make for a heated governor’s

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Preparing for victory in 2014

Preparing for victory in 2014

by Erik Nilsson / Jun 28 2013

Summer is the perfect time to learn how to set up an efficient, scalable campaign treasury office. But forget summer school, we’ve put together a three-part Campaign S.U.N. Series. It contains the practices CMDI has developed from our experience working with 13 presidential campaign committees, including every GOP presidential nominee since Bob Dole.

S.U.N. stands for:

S is for “Structure”

Establish and document strict, internal controls on receivables and payables management at the beginning.

U is for “Unauthorized/Undisclosed/Unaccounted”

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More marriage fights loom, but will the money be there?   

More marriage fights loom, but will the money be there?   

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

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What the GOP must learn from Tuesday's special election

What the GOP must learn from Tuesday's special election

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

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What does the VRA ruling mean for campaigns?  

What does the VRA ruling mean for campaigns?  

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

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RevoltDC Hackathon awards $2,500 prize

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

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RevoltDC Hackathon set to break out Saturday

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"

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Elevated Campaigns hires ex-DCCC advisor Sherry Greenberg

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

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Campaigns and APIs: Made for each other

Campaigns and APIs: Made for each other

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

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Vectis Strategies hires Kathy Bowler for Sacramento office

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

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Ruling on Arizona voter ID law could boost campaign spending

Ruling on Arizona voter ID law could boost campaign spending

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

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