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Experts: NASS should welcome international observers

by Joao Soares and Tina Schoen / Jul 19 2013

With the National Association of Secretaries of State gathering in Anchorage, Alaska this week for its annual meeting, these top elections officials have a chance to take an important step forward that the federal government cannot. 

In a nation where the Constitution leaves most election management details to the states, united action from the NASS could fundamentally strengthen U.S. elections and their compliance with the country’s international commitments.

As a founding member of the

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Mayor Filner creates dilemma for San Diego Democrats

by Chris Crotty / Jul 19 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has served in elected office since 1979, including school board, city council and Congress. In 2012, Filner gave up his safe congressional seat to successfully run for mayor – his crowning achievement.

Filner is a passionate champion of progressive issues. He often personally deals with constituent concerns. His allies are among labor, minorities and environmentalists. He's at his best when fighting for the "little guy" against big business and the Republican

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CMDI to offer ‘TurboTax’ product to campaigns

by Sean J. Miller / Jul 18 2013

CMDI will now offer a service it’s touting as TurboTax for campaigns. 

The campaign finance services platform is making the product, known as CrimsonFiler, available to all its Crimson users starting July 22.

"It's one of the most significant changes to the Federal Election Commission filing process since CMDI was the first to file electronically," Erik Nilsson, who runs sales and marketing for CMDI, tells C&E.

CMDI, which handles two of every three dollars raised

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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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