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.
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
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
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
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
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
by David Rosen / Aug 23 2013
At some point in nearly any campaign, you’ll need to explain a complex policy in a few words. Maybe you’ll need a clever name or tag line for a project or an upcoming event. In each of these cases, what you need is a messaging device.
A messaging device is a figure of speech that favors a point of view and triggers a desired reaction. Messaging devices – like “death panels,” the “New Deal,” and