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Report: Sanford wanted ex-wife to run congressional campaign

by Geordy Boveroux / Mar 04 2013

Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor whose political career was derailed by an extra-marital affair in 2009, reportedly asked ex-wife Jenny Sanford to run his comeback campaign.  

According to a report in New York Magazine, Sanford asked his ex to run his current campaign for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District after she informed him that she wouldn’t run for the seat herself:

According to Jenny, she had already told

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McCutcheon decision unlikely to aid candidates

McCutcheon decision unlikely to aid candidates

by Sean J. Miller / Feb 28 2013

The outcome of the pending Supreme Court case McCutcheon v. FEC could help federal party committees raise thousands more in contributions, but it's unlikely the court will lift individual contribution limits for candidates, experts say.

Many consultants are growing increasingly frustrated with the campaign finance environment borne from Citizens United. And with Congress unable to move any legislation related to campaign finance, the Supreme Court appears likely to make the next

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Using neuroscience to improve your fundraising

Using neuroscience to improve your fundraising

by Erik Nilsson / Feb 27 2013

A number of studies have identified a biological difference between Republican and Democratic brain structures and how they respond to different stimuli. So how can we leverage these findings to improve your fundraising messaging? Let’s start by looking at the science.  

Since I’m a Republican working for a Republican data and fundraising technology platform, these takeaways are geared toward my side of the aisle. Democrats will have to figure out their own

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Obama's former campaign manager opens consulting firm

by Geordy Boveroux / Feb 27 2013

Jim Messina, who managed President Obama’s 2012 reelection effort, has launched his own consulting firm—the Messina Group.

“The Messina Group advises political campaigns and organizations who want to build movements, services, and products that succeed by being data-driven, digitally savvy, and grassroots focused,” reads a message atop the new firm’s website.

In an interview with Politico, Messina said he wants to advise his clients based on the lessons learned in

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Prominent GOP consultants join gay marriage brief

by Geordy Boveroux / Feb 26 2013

Nearly a dozen notable Republican political consultants are among the 80 members of the GOP submitting a friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court before justices hear arguments in two cases that could legalize gay marriage.  

The consultants who signed the letter:

•    Alex Castellanos, Founding Partner, Purple Strategies
•    Ben Ginsberg, Partner, Patton Boggs
•    Dave Kochel, Founder, Redwave Communications
•    Alex Lundry, Vice

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Former Bush aide heads effort to elect Latino Republicans in California

by Geordy Boveroux / Feb 25 2013

The California-based PAC GROW Elect, which launched in 2011 with the goal of increasing the ranks of Latino Republican elected officials in California, is expanding.     

GROW Elect has brought on its first president and CEO in former George W. Bush aide Ruben Barrales, and in the wake of an abysmal showing among Hispanic voters nationally for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012, the PAC is pledging an “aggressive expansion” of its

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Revolution Messaging adds new partners, opens campaigns division

by Geordy Boveroux / Feb 25 2013

The mobile firm Revolution Messaging is expanding. The firm has brought on two new partners and is expanding its offerings with a new “Campaigns Division” headed Tim Tagaris, Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-Conn.) former digital director.

Along with Tagaris, Revolution has also named Obama campaign veteran Arun Chaudhary partner. Chaudhary worked on the Obama digital team in 2008. He was a part of four videographers traveling with the campaign to create in-house documentaries—a role

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Ex-lawmaker drives passage of Utah push poll bill

Ex-lawmaker drives passage of Utah push poll bill

by Sean J. Miller / Feb 22 2013

Utah Republican Brad Daw might have lost a primary last June, but the four-term lawmaker is hoping to have the last laugh on the state's political operatives Daw thinks cost him his seat.

Daw has been the driving force behind an anti-push polling bill that state House Majority Whip Greg Hughes (R) has championed in the legislature.  

A final vote on H.B. 44, as it's

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MRA and AAPC come to the aid of ex-Rep. Bass in legal battle

by Sean J. Miller / Feb 21 2013

New Hampshire election law doesn't apply to federal candidates. It's the argument made this week by Congressman Charlie Bass's legal team and two industry groups who joined in the former Republican lawmaker's effort to dismiss the civil case against him.  

Attorney General Michael Delaney’s office has accused Bass’s camp of making a “deliberate attempt to avoid” the state’s disclosure requirements while conducting a poll during his 2010 race against Democrat

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Gingrich: GOP strategists 'kidding themselves'

by Geordy Boveroux / Feb 20 2013

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich ripped into his party’s consulting class yet again on Wednesday in a scathing column for the conservative magazine Human Events and in a morning interview with CBS News.  

Gingrich told CBS that Republicans are at risk of being non-competitive at the presidential level thanks to shifting demographics and that the party’s consultants are “kidding

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Tea Party group blames vendor for Rove-as-Nazi email

by Sean J. Miller / Feb 20 2013

The vendor the Tea Party Patriots says used an unauthorized picture of Karl Rove in a Nazi uniform in an email pitch issued a mea culpa as the conservative group issued an apology for the solicitation Tuesday.

In a bid to raise $1 million by Feb. 27 as part of its four-year anniversary campaign, the non-profit Tea Party Patriots said it had Active Engagement, a Virginia based online fundraising firm,

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Online advertising isn't a desktop experience anymore

by Geordy Boveroux / Feb 19 2013

Mobile content has grown so exponentially that online advertising is “no longer a desktop experience,” says Scott Goodstein, founder and CEO of the mobile firm Revolution Messaging.

The rapid expansion of mobile in the campaign space was one of the most important developments over the course of the 2012 election cycle and advertisers need to do a better job of adjusting by making their online content mobile-based.    

Goodstein, who served as

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