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Can Twitter help you raise money?

Can Twitter help you raise money?

by Erik Nilsson / May 31 2013

Fundraising through social media is now a mandatory part of any political digital initiative. It’s a magical button that is easy to install, provides instant access to new political supporters and totally disrupts traditional political fundraising, right? Maybe not.

According to a new study published in Ecommerce Quarterly, social commerce is almost non-existent. Social media generated only 1.55 percent of traffic to e-commerce sites. To make matters worse, only 0.71 percent

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Harrington joins Conservative Connector

by Sean J. Miller / May 30 2013

Conservative Connector has joined the Republican digital space as an email list rental company, with a top staffer from the Prosper Group moving over to lead the growing company.

Jen Harrington had been the Prosper Group’s director of special projects, managing Conservative Connector's business operations. She'll now be Conservative Connector's director of operations.

After working with several major campaigns last cycle, Harrington tells C&E, “we've gotten big enough that we've got to hire staff directly

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State parties looking for services on the cheap?

State parties looking for services on the cheap?

by Lillian D. Cavalieri / May 30 2013

With the GOP’s campaign funding increasingly concentrated in Washington, a culture of entitled frugality is gripping the state parties. 

In California, some within the state GOP and its affiliates routinely approach consulting firms to inquire about their services only to make the not-so-subtle request to utilize the firms’ products for free. From Silicon Valley to San Diego, consulting firms say they’ve gotten the ask, which is troubling in light of the recent emphasis on developing

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Dem consultant Rich Savage remembered by friends, colleagues

by Sean J. Miller / May 21 2013

The political industry is grappling with the death this week of Virginia Democratic consultant Rich Savage, who is being remembered as a “class act” devoted to his twin daughters.

Savage’s death Sunday has shaken the consulting community from Virginia to New Jersey to Texas and Illinois, where a regional meeting of the American Association of Political Consultants in Chicago took a somber tone after the news broke.

“There was nothing boilerplate about Rich,” Ed Traz,

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Precision offers Obama 'expertise' but not data

by Sean J. Miller / May 10 2013

Precision, the new firm founded by three top Obama campaign staffers, can offer clients their hard-won expertise but not the data or algorithms that the president’s team used to target voters.

Teddy Goff, who together with Stephanie Cutter and Jen O’Malley Dillon founded the firm, says that shouldn’t matter to clients, who wouldn’t be able to use that information even if they did get access to it.

“The fact is that that data wouldn't be

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Republican consultants launch Latino Edge Research

by Sean J. Miller / May 06 2013

Two Republican consulting shops have joined forces to create a Latino-focused polling firm.

John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research and Communication (CERC) and Hector Barajas of California-headquartered Revolvis are together offering their services under the banner of Latino Edge Research. 

According to a release, Nienstedt, who is Mexican-American, will head up research while Barajas, a native of East Los Angeles, will focus on messaging.

Jason Roe, a principle at Revolvis, said the new endeavor fills

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Who’s to blame for the GOP’s Golden failure?

Who’s to blame for the GOP’s Golden failure?

by Sean J. Miller / May 06 2013

In California, some Republican consultants are getting rich while their party sinks to new depths of electoral failure. At least, that’s how Shawn Steel sees it.

Steel, a Republican National Committeeman and former head of the state GOP, is pointing the finger at the paid help for the (largely negative) electoral outcomes of his party’s candidates in recent years.  

“In California we have the worst of the worst and the slowest of the slow,”

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America Rising: Not your father’s research firm

America Rising: Not your father’s research firm

by Sean J. Miller / Apr 30 2013

Matt Rhoades, Joe Pounder and Tim Miller are out to bring their party's research infrastructure into the digital age. 

Having been schooled by the 2012 cycle, these strategists are now shopping their services to campaigns, committees and PACs. Their pitch is simple: We’re not your father’s opposition research firm.

“You have to have a way to translate the field research -- the going out to the courthouse and, metaphorically speaking, digging through the trash --

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Murder of Dem strategist rocks North Carolina consulting world

by Sean J. Miller / Apr 25 2013

The murder of a young North Carolina political consultant has shaken her colleagues and left many wondering what could have led to the attack that also wounded her husband.

Jameson “Jamie” Hahn, who ran Sky Blue Strategies, died early Wednesday from stab wounds sustained in an attack Monday night. Police told the News & Observer the suspect is Jonathan Broyhill, a 31-year-old employee of Sky Blue. He’s accused of stabbing Hahn, 29, and her

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COO at top Democratic polling firm steps down

by Geordy Boveroux / Apr 24 2013

Howard Briskin, the longtime chief operating officer at the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR), is stepping down at the end of this month.

In an email Tuesday, GQRR announced the move and thanked Briskin “for his many contributions to the firm. We wish him every success in his new endeavor.”

No word from the company on where Briskin is headed next and he didn’t immediately respond to an email request from C&E.

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Stoneridge Group adds new digital strategist

by Geordy Boveroux / Apr 24 2013

The Stoneridge Group, a Georgia-based Republican consulting firm, has announced the hiring of a new senior digital strategist in Anthony Bonna.

Formerly the Florida director at Harris Media, Bonna will work out of The Stoneridge Group’s Orlando office, expanding the firm's regional reach ahead of the 2014 election cycle.

“My biggest passion is electing conservative Republicans nationwide and The Stonridge Group has a lot of exciting opportunities to do that in the next couple election

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Cyrus Krohn: RNC post-election report raised ‘more questions’

by Sean J. Miller / Apr 19 2013

The recent report commissioned by the Republican National Committee raises “more questions than answers,” according to Cyrus Krohn, who led the GOP’s digital operations in the 2008 cycle.

Krohn left the RNC in 2009, less than two years after he was brought on to revamp the committee’s online infrastructure. He’s since founded Crowdverb, a digital outreach and advocacy firm.

The RNC post-2012 election report, issued last month, contained a potpourri of suggestions for

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