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.
“I have great respect
by Geordy Boveroux / Mar 18 2013
Despite the best efforts of its campaign tech consultants, the Republican Party remains in the proverbial Stone Age. Or at least that’s according to the Republican National Committee, which says the party’s data, media buying and voter contact operations are in need of a complete overhaul in the wake of the 2012 election cycle.
The RNC’s new Growth & Opportunity Project report, which pooled the knowledge of some 200 GOP consultants and managers,
by Geordy Boveroux / Mar 14 2013
Former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell ripped into Republican consultants Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Caddell, who these days is known more for his frequent cable news rants, called the Romney campaign a joke and criticized chief strategist Stuart Stevens.
“2012 was a failure of strategy, it was a failure of tactics, it was a massive failure of messaging,” Caddell said. “Most of all it was a total failure
by Geordy Boveroux / Mar 14 2013
Speaking on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Republican pollster Whit Ayres warned his party’s conservative base that it must push candidates and campaigns to “reach out aggressively” to Hispanic voters.
“Don’t you think that a group of incredibly hard working, family oriented, church-going, entrepreneurial, spirited people might be a good place to look for some more allies?” he asked those in attendance. “I think
by Sean J. Miller / Mar 13 2013
Media consultant Mark Putnam says he can't remember ever cutting 21 versions of the same TV ad, but that's what his firm did recently for Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.
The Nebraska Democrat, who's running for his second term, released a TV spot yesterday that has a voiceover which changes every 24 hours to reflect the number of days since the shooting massacres at Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo. and Westroads Mall
by Sean J. Miller / Mar 08 2013
Cold Spark Media and Magellan Strategies have partnered to offer a new product they believe will help the GOP close the data-gap with Democrats.
Using data modeling, the firms say they can now tell candidates -- its price point is congressional or Senate campaigns -- the likelihood someone will vote Democratic or Republican when they get into the ballot booth.
"It's kind of like a Nate Silver approach,"