A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by Geordy Boveroux / Apr 10 2013
After announcing in February that it would halt delivery of regular mail on Saturdays, the United States Postal Service officially withdrew those plans on Wednesday.
For political direct mail consultants, the decision means there’s no need to rush to alter mail plans for the 2013 election season.
The agency’s board of governors announced in a statement that it would delay implementation of its plan to move to five-day delivery as a result of the stopgap budget measure
by Geordy Boveroux / Apr 09 2013
The Democratic technology firm NGP VAN has announced the addition of Bryan Whitaker as its new chief operating officer.
Whitaker is leaving his post as technology director at the Democratic National Committee to join NGP VAN. At the DNC, Whitaker oversaw all software development and analytics work.
“This is a perfect match,” NGP VAN CEO Stu Trevelyan said in a statement on the hire. “Bryan is one of the most respected people in the progressive technology ecosystem.
by Sean J. Miller / Apr 09 2013
As public support for same-sex marriage continues to rise, some Republican consultants think support for gay marriage could be a winning strategy for GOP candidates in the not-so-distant future.
Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) recently joined what's being dubbed the “Ken Mehlman sliver of the party” by conservatives and announced their support for same-sex marriage.
Portman is up for reelection in 2016 and has been a rumored presidential hopeful. And some consultants are
by Sean J. Miller / Apr 05 2013
The consulting world has been waiting to see what President Obama’s campaign does with its data and technology from the 2012 race. On Friday, there was the first indication of how it plans to shift its resources into partisan technology firms.
Organizing for Action, the latest incarnation of OFA, will start logging all of its outreach efforts using the Voter Activation Network software and database. It's the first sign of a shift of OFA’s resources --
by Geordy Boveroux / Apr 05 2013
The Democratic direct mail and opposition research firm The Balduzzi Group is adding a new partner and expanding into a full-service consulting firm.
The Syracuse, N.Y.-based firm, headed by John Balduzzi, has named Anthony Testa partner. With the addition of Testa the firm will now offer TV and radio services for clients.
Testa was previously a partner at Novak Media where his clients included New York Democratic Reps. Dan Maffei and Paul Tonko.
“Now we can come
by Sean J. Miller / Apr 04 2013
President Obama’s top campaign strategists have entered the political pantheon home to names such as Karl Rove and James Carville.
The American Association of Political Consultants has included David Axelrod and David Plouffe in its 2013 inductees into its Hall of Fame.
“Many of our members have marveled at how David Axelrod and David Plouffe have mastered the art of the modern political campaign,” Dale Emmons, president of the AAPC, said in a statement. “These individuals
by Sean J. Miller / Apr 03 2013
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed a controversial disclosure bill Tuesday.
HB 43 requires corporations, including not-for-profit corporations, disclose all donors and donation amounts when it makes a political issue expenditure of $750.
Groups ranging from the NRA to the ACLU opposed the law because it could require them to disclose their membership lists.
The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action sent an email to supporters March 22 asking them to contact Herbert’s office to “respectfully request” he
by Sean J. Miller / Apr 01 2013
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has signed a new push-poll bill into law but hasn’t yet added his signature to a controversial disclosure bill.
Both pieces of legislation were targeted at the state’s political consultants. HB 43 requires that a corporation, including not-for-profit corporations, disclose all donors and donation amounts when it makes a political issue expenditure of $750. The current law requires corporations only list how much they
by Sean J. Miller / Mar 27 2013
Purple Strategies announced Wednesday that it has acquired Momentum Analysis, a Democratic polling firm noted for its research on "Walmart moms."
Margie Omero, who founded the firm in 2001, joins the bipartisan shop as managing director of its research division, Purple Insights.
“As our clients continue to look for innovative ways to reach audiences, Margie’s impressive career studying women and moms will be invaluable," Alex Castellanos, a
by Sean J. Miller / Mar 25 2013
A mailer attacking former Utah state Rep. Brad Daw (R) and circulated among the state’s lawmakers last election cycle started a battle between the legislature and Utah’s political consultants. The consultants now appear to have lost—at least round one.
Two bills, HB 44 and HB 43, which require poll sponsorship disclosure and donor disclosure by 501(c)(4)s making at least $750 in political expenditures, are set to be signed by Utah Gov.
by Sean J. Miller / Mar 22 2013
The word research appears 17 times in the new RNC campaign strategy reform blueprint and consultants have taken note. Matt Rhoades and two former RNC staffers are teaming up to launch a new opposition research firm, according to reports. The details of the new shop are still hazy -- a website isn't up yet -- but its timing coincides with the upper echelons of the party issuing a clarion call for more research, particularly
by Geordy Boveroux / Mar 20 2013
Mail consultants Kevin Mack and Jim Crounse are going their separate ways after seven years as partners at Mack Crounse Group, one of the industry’s top Democratic mail shops.
The Virginia-based firm did mail for both of President Obama’s campaigns, and counts dozens of Democratic members of Congress among its clients. Both Mack and Crounse plan on setting up new firms in the wake of their business split.
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