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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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6 characteristics of viral posts 

6 characteristics of viral posts 

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

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California requires campaigns to reveal paid bloggers 

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. 

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Consulting blogs to bookmark

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.  

Many firms and consultants update their blogs with posts that mix insight, analysis and consulting world news. Some of our regular reads include CMDI, Smart Media Group, Colin Delany

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Revolution Messaging asks FEC for cell disclaimer exception

by Sean J. Miller / Sep 11 2013

Cellphone advertising should be except from federal disclaimer requirements, according to Revolution Messaging.

The mobile advertising firm is asking the Federal Election Commission to treat its products the same as bumper stickers or campaign buttons.

“Many of our clients have been unable to take advantage of mobile advertising capabilities after being told they need to include a disclaimer," Keegan Goudiss, Revolution Messaging’s head of digital advertising, says in a statement.

"It’s an impossible request because

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When it comes to fundraising, ask for what you want

When it comes to fundraising, ask for what you want

by Ann W. Herberger / Sep 09 2013

When I talk with other fundraising professionals I usually hear the same lament, “My candidate or incumbent doesn’t like to make fundraising calls or won’t make the ask for money.”

I have thought about this problem a lot. I know that sometimes there’s a discomfort when asking for money. Plain and simple, no one likes to ask his or her friends, or perfect strangers for cash.

As I’ve taught more and more fundraising seminars, I

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Despite lawsuit, Majority Strategies hires Nick Everhart

by Sean J. Miller / Sep 04 2013

Feuding consultants Rex Elsass and Nick Everhart reached an agreement last Friday that allowed the former president of the Strategy Group for Media to join Majority Strategies, according to Everhart's attorney.

Elsass is suing Everhart in the wake of his dismissal from the Ohio-based consulting firm.

Amid the ongoing legal battle, Majority Strategies announced Tuesday that Republican strategist Everhart had joined the Florida-based mail firm.

The hiring was unveiled after a deal was struck between

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The new psychology of influence

The new psychology of influence

by David Rosen / Sep 03 2013

Five hundred years ago, Machiavelli came up with three possibilities: force, trickery, or agreement. The great thinkers of the Enlightenment inaugurated the age of democracy with a fourth option: persuasion.

Today, political psychologists are adding a fifth weapon to this arsenal of change – and strategists are just beginning to grasp its revolutionary potential. Welcome to the new psychology of influence. 

Psychological influences are different from attempts at rational, emotional and material persuasion because they

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Battle over political ad reporting heats up 

by Sean J. Miller / Aug 27 2013

A coalition of public interest groups wants the Federal Communications Commission to improve access to its online political files for TV stations.

Last August, the FCC started requiring broadcast stations in the nation’s top 50 media markets to make their political ad sales data available online. Under the new rule, affiliates of the four major networks—ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox—have to post political files online, allowing anyone to view the amount candidate

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