A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by Dave Nyczepir / Jan 02 2013
Consultant Brad Chism has formed a new political communications firm that’ll look a lot like his old firm Zata|3—sans business partner Chad Gosselink.
According to a source close to the firm, the new company will have offices in Washington, D.C. and Jackson, Miss., and Chism will reveal the name of the new venture sometime this month.
In a December email to friends and clients, Chism and Gosselink announced Zata|3’s closure and their
by Ben Donahower / Dec 31 2012
As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take stock of what went well and what went horribly wrong in the art and science of campaigns and elections.
A number of other politicos contributed their own lists of the year's best and worst, and I've included many of them below. Have a look and let me know what we might have missed in the comments section.
by Michael Moschella / Dec 27 2012
During the 2012 presidential campaign, I had the opportunity to participate in many functions of the Obama campaign—organizing and constituency work with the Veterans and Military Families team, helping with GOTV in Ohio, fundraising, and working foreign policy surrogate operations.
From the perspective of a political director, who saw a wide variety of campaign functions in action, here are the top five winning strategic decisions made by President Obama’s team.
by Bill Murphy / Dec 18 2012
Social media has become a valuable part of campaigns large and small. But in order to be effective, your reporting should rely less on vanity metrics and more on substance.
In other words, your total “Likes” are less important than the total number of engaged followers.
On Facebook, the simplest way to judge the effectiveness of your content is by the “People Talking about This” number. This number
by Chris Palko / Dec 14 2012
Ever since the New Deal, the Democratic Party has been known as the party of big cities. Perhaps the most basic fact of American politics is the divide between Democratic cities and Republican rural areas.
This has been true regardless of the relative strength and weakness of the two parties. When Ronald Reagan was winning landslide victories in the 1980s, he couldn’t win, or even come close, in major northern cities
by Dave Nyczepir / Dec 13 2012
President Obama's lead pollster, Joel Benenson, didn't mince words when talking about why he thinks Republicans lost the presidency at an Inside Politics breakfast hosted by Third Way earlier this week.
"If Republicans approach this [election] as if they have a Latino problem, I think they are missing a larger dynamic that's in place right now," said Benenson. "I believe that the Republican Party has a tolerance problem. I think when
by Dave Nyczepir / Dec 13 2012
Brad Chism and Chad Gosselink, partners at the Democratic firm Zata|3, announced their decision “to move onto other pursuits” in a Thursday email to friends and clients.
The Democratic communications firm served thousands of campaigns and advocacy projects in its 13 years of existence. Its fate remains unclear with the departure of partners Chism and Gosselink, who were mum as to future plans.
Here’s the full text of
by Dave Nyczepir / Dec 11 2012
Feuding mobile firms Revolution Messaging and ccAdvertising filed final comments regarding text message spam to the Federal Communications Commission on Monday.
When anti-Obama text messages hit the phones of several D.C.-based journalists in late October, ccAdvertising was linked to the domains the messages originated from. CcAdvertising has defended its method of email-to-text messaging—whereby cell numbers are collected without consent and messaged via created email addresses—as an exercise of free speech
by Erik Nilsson / Dec 10 2012
For countless months you’ve campaigned, shaken hands, created a phone bill a mile long and asked supporters to donate to your campaign. Now that you’ve had about a month to settle in since Election Day, it’s time to head back into the real world so that voters can feel they made the right choice in checking the box next to your name (or the wrong choice by choosing your opponent).
The holidays are
by Dave Nyczepir / Dec 07 2012
When the liberal organizations Democratic GAIN and Atlas Project partnered earlier this year, one of the goals was to cut down on the number of out-of-work organizers flooding D.C. after Election Day.
In that effort, GAIN has hosted some 35 re-employment assistance workshops in more than two dozen states, and earlier this week held a national Post-Election GAIN Plan event Wednesday afternoon.
“No one has asked to sleep on my couch yet,
by Andrew Clark / Dec 05 2012
Talking heads continue to parse the reasons Mitt Romney’s presidential bid fell short, and some think conservative new media was to blame.
As Romney’s deputy director of digital rapid response in Boston, the team I served with developed and executed a fresh blueprint to communicate with online conservative media—something that had not been seriously attempted before at the presidential level.
We did many things right and perhaps made a few
by Dave Nyczepir / Dec 04 2012
Most of the Super PACs active during the 2012 cycle spent the bulk of the money they pulled in on their stated purpose—candidate advocacy. But according to a new analysis from Bloomberg, many of the groups spent nearly the entirety of what they took in on “overhead.”
According to the report, Super PACs on average spent just 16 percent of the money they raised on operations. From Bloomberg: