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Republicans encourage digital collaboration on Twitter

by Bill Murphy / Jan 23 2013

After the November election, pundits and strategists began taking a look at where the Republican digital operation needed improvement. 

We knew we overcame many disadvantages in 2012 in only a few months, but if we want to win digital in the future, criticizing what went wrong will only go so far. Republican strategists need to open the lines of communication now. 

#polichat is the first weekly discussion to accomplish this, and it’s

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Obama's data for rent?

Obama's data for rent?

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 18 2013

Obama for America has some important decisions to make regarding its database now that the presidential campaign is relaunching as Organizing for Action—a 501(c)(4) nonprofit.

Sure a lot of their info is in the Voter Activation Network’s database and will go to VAN’s campaign customers, but whether OFA will actually let other outside groups send emails through their own list is another question entirely. Traditionally campaigns go on to rent

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Bill Burton to Global Strategy Group

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 18 2013

Global Strategy Group has brought on Bill Burton to serve as executive VP and managing director of the Democratic firm's Washington D.C. office.

The former White House deputy press secretary was a co-founder and senior strategist at Priorities USA Action, the Super PAC that spent some $58 million on President Obama’s reelection—more than any other Democratic outside group.

“GSG is an outstanding, dynamic and rapidly growing firm. I couldn’t be

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For campaigns, brand focus is key

For campaigns, brand focus is key

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 17 2013

Now that a majority of Americans consider social media a credible information source, campaigns will have to do a better job of branding themselves in 2013 and beyond.

According to the 2012 social media survey conducted by ORI and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), 63 percent of respondents said the quality of information on social media is equal to or better than the information on traditional

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Sanford and spokesman jump back in

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 16 2013

Mark Sanford officially relaunched his political career on Wednesday. 

The former South Carolina governor announced plans to run for his old—and currently open—1st Congressional District seat. 

“I am running because our country’s future is at stake if we don’t get our hands around runaway government spending in Washington,” Sanford said in a statement announcing his run. “And given our nation’s long-term financial problems, we need more who have shown themselves to be

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Democrats Anzalone and Grove merge polling firms

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 15 2013

Democratic polling firms Anzalone Liszt Research and Grove Insight have merged to form Anzalone Liszt Grove Research.

The principals at both firms announced the merger on Tuesday. John Anzalone, Jeff Liszt and Lisa Grove were all part of President Obama’s 2012 polling team. Anzalone Liszt Research polled in Virginia, Florida and Nevada—all of which went for Obama—while Grove Insight ran focus groups for female voters.

“You get to

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Obama for America staffers form grassroots firm

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 15 2013

The Obama campaign’s grassroots gurus are launching their own political firm—270 Strategies. The firm will be led by Mitch Stewart, former battleground states director for Obama for America, and Jeremy Bird, former national field director for OFA.

A spokesman for the pair confirmed the details surrounding the firm to C&E and said the partners intend to reveal more in the coming weeks. The launch of the firm was first reported Tuesday morning in

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Former Zata|3 partner launches new consulting firm

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 14 2013

Chad Gosselink and Cartney McCracken have teamed up to launch Control Point Group, a D.C.-based national consulting firm.

Last month, Gosselink and Brad Chism ended their 13-year business partnership at the Democratic firm Zata|3. Chism has sinced formed a new political communications firm, Chism Strategies, and now Gosselink has partnered with McCracken to launch an all-purpose political shop.

“It’s an integrated political consultancy that does everything under

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RGA political director heads back to consulting world

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 10 2013

Josh Robinson will rejoin RedPrint Strategy as a partner—running its general consulting wing.

He helped found the firm in 2010 along with Casey Phillips, before leaving to head the political department at the RGA. There he managed a $55 million budget and saw the ranks of Republican governors grow during an otherwise rough cycle for the party. 

Robinson and RedPrint already have New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s 2013 reelection contest on the

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Gallup: Americans lean Democrat, grow independent

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 09 2013

More Americans identified as Democrats in 2012, for the first time in two years. 

According to a newly released Gallup poll, 47 percent of Americans identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party while only 42 percent identify with or lean toward the GOP. In 2011, the split was 45-45  and, in 2010, 45-44 in the Democrats’ favor.

“Gallup has measured party identification and leaning consistently since 1991,” reads their report.

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Nate Silver’s 2012 election takeaways

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 08 2013

Nate Silver, statistician and blogger, held an Ask Me Anything on reddit Tuesday. The topics discussed ranged from sports to the end of the world, but here were some of his thoughts on the 2012 election cycle:

1) Election forecasts can be reliable. While Silver admits people tend to overrate predictions within complex systems, he says, “There are certainly exceptions, and presidential elections are almost certainly one of them, but it's a

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SCOTUS upholds FEC disclosure rules

by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 07 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling on Monday identifying The Real Truth about Abortion, Inc. as a political nonprofit required to disclose its donors.

The Virginia-based, anti-abortion group sued the Federal Election Commission in 2008 on the grounds that it never expressly advocated for nor contributed to a political candidate—the commission’s criteria for determining campaign activity to be an organization’s major purpose and that organization a political action committee. As

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