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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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A crash course in digital strategy

by Jake Williams / Jun 18 2013

Finding your voters online is one thing, but what’s the best way to motivate those voters to engage with your candidate and cause? No matter the size of your race, it all starts with a solid digital game plan.    

Julie Germany, the vice president of digital strategy at DCI Group, and Tim Cameron, the director of digital media for the House Republican Conference, gave a crash course in digital strategy at C&E’s annual Art

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The future of the integrated campaign

The future of the integrated campaign

by Jake Williams / Jun 17 2013

For all of the digital hype surrounding the use of data and technology on President Obama’s reelection effort, it was the campaign’s building and nurturing of personal relationships that truly paved the way for success.    

“One thing that’s really important about digital engagement is to realize it’s actually a conversation,” Delacey Skinner of GMMB said on a panel discussion at C&E’s annual Art of Political Campaigning Conference on Monday. “You’re not talking at someone.”

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Did Ted Cruz show us how to launch a presidential campaign?

by Brian Jodice / Jun 14 2013

During a recent FreedomWorks event in Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz (R) let fly a teleprompter-free speech that quickly grabbed national attention. Cruz, fresh off leading the effort to block the Democrats’ gun control legislation, turned the conversation back to his GOP colleagues and called a handful of them (who remained nameless) “squishes.”

Who was there to capture the moment? Not the mainstream media, not a gaggle of press cohorts, not Cruz’s campaign media team –

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Gibbs, LaBolt form new communications firm

by Jake Williams / Jun 13 2013

Two Obama campaign veterans are launching a new strategic communications firm—the Incite Agency.

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Obama campaign vet Ben LaBolt will head the new venture, which is affiliated with New Partners, the Democratic firm that formed following the 2008 election cycle.  

Gibbs and LaBolt are founding partners of the new venture, which will work with New Partners to “give clients access to a comprehensive range of services while

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Nevada passes on federal bet law

Nevada passes on federal bet law

by Sean J. Miller / Jun 13 2013

Staff and consultants are always trying to pick the winning candidate but they’ll have to wait another couple years before they can literally put their money where their work is.

Nevada legislators killed a bill that would’ve allowed betting on federal elections. State Sen. Richard Tick Segerblom, a Las Vegas Democrat, shepherded the bill through the state Senate but couldn’t maneuver it through the House before the Legislature adjourned earlier this month.

Nevada is one

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Tributes pour in for Doug Bailey, campaign consultant and media entrepreneur

by Sean J. Miller / Jun 12 2013

The consulting world is mourning the death of Doug Bailey, a former political adviser to Gerald Ford and media pioneer.

The Hotline, which was founded by Bailey and Democratic strategist Roger Craver in 1979, reported he passed away Sunday night at the age of 79. As news spread through the political world, consultants remembered an experienced tactician who left his mark on campaigns.

"One of the first things I learned from Dr. Bailey, in

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4 reasons to shun in-kind contributions

by Erik Nilsson / Jun 07 2013

While bartering may be making an Internet-powered comeback, it still doesn’t make sense for modern political committees to use an exchange of goods or services, known as in-kind contributions, as a form of fundraising. 

In-kinds are one of the most common campaign compliance infractions so it’s difficult to understand why campaigns would accept this form of contributions. Just last month, the Federal Election Commission fined former Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) campaign committee $32,000 for accepting

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NationBuilder raises $8 million in Series B funding

by Jake Williams / Jun 06 2013

Just over two years since its launch, the software company NationBuilder has announced an $8 million round of Series B venture funding. The round was led by Omidyar Network with some of the funding coming from Andreessen Horowitz.

Jim Gilliam, founder and CEO of NationBuilder, announced the $8 million in a blog post on the company’s website Thursday. With the funding, NationBuilder plans to add resources and further its presence in the hyper-competitive political

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Why your candidate might need a NASCAR media plan

Why your candidate might need a NASCAR media plan

by Mandie Suits / Jun 05 2013

NASCAR races are the ideal venue for political advertising. First, it’s widely known that many NASCAR fans are politically conservative, which means the races present right-leaning campaigns with a great outreach opportunity. This could also be true for left-leaning campaigns that want to sway conservatives.

Secondly, it’s a sport built on the same principles nearly all candidates tout while on the campaign trail: Patriotism and traditional family values. Just watch a race’s opening ceremony. It’s

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