A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by Chris Palko / Sep 28 2012
One of the most anticipated events of every presidential election cycle are the debates. In recent years, they have become institutionalized, but they are a relatively new phenomenon. The first was the famous Kennedy-Nixon debate, and there would not be another one until 1976, when they became a permanent fixture. Debates are unscripted, and with tens of millions of viewers they are the biggest collective experience voters will have in making a choice.
by Erik Nilsson / Sep 27 2012
Which U.S. states are the Republicans' BFF (that's best friends forever, if you’re unfamiliar with the lingo) when it comes to presidential fundraising? We at CMDI decided to dig into the donor data to find out.
In order to normalize the giving data, this examination only includes FEC filings for Republican presidential candidates during the primaries of 2004, 2008 and 2012. As the general elections are still in play for 2012, we didn't
by Dave Nyczepir / Sep 26 2012
What’s sure to be a nasty ad war between Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Rep. Todd Akin (R) officially kicked off Wednesday in Missouri’s Senate race. McCaskill rang in the deadline for Akin to withdraw from the contest by launching a new TV spot taking aim at the congressman’s ‘legitimate rape’ remark.
Tuesday was the final day Akin would have been legally able to remove his name from the ballot
by Steve Lanzano / Sep 26 2012
It’s 2012, and you know what that means--it’s at least the 50th anniversary of people saying that nobody’s watching TV anymore. Oh, sure, people will admit that they enjoy “Downton Abbey” and maybe some local news, but besides that, everybody has moved to online video. At least, that is, if you ask anyone who produces digital research about the media habits of everyday Americans.
Do not accept these magic beans. They will lead
by Dave Nyczepir / Sep 25 2012
Tech startup Attentive.ly is pitching a new way for campaigns to generate engagement from supporters on their email lists. An enhanced social media monitoring tool, Attentive.ly launched Tuesday and essentially turns a campaign’s list into an infographic using intelligent tracking.
The company’s pitch: in the face of increasing email unsubscribes and decreasing open-rates, it’s no longer enough to just rely on email for online outreach. Attentive.ly’s cofounders say the system is designed
by Brandon Howell / Sep 21 2012
In a week kicked off by a spat with fiery left-wing economist Paul Krugman and gift-wrapped with a poignant address to the Values Voter Summit, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) quietly had one of the best weeks of his budding political career.
Of course, the biggest news to come out of “Paul-world” last week was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) tapping of Rep. Ron Paul's former campaign manager Jesse
by Michael Cornfield / Sep 21 2012
Some time soon, probably in 2013, the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management will mothball the word “Online” in the titles of its courses and certificate program.
“Managing Online Campaigns” and “Online Political Strategy” will join the Democracy Online Project (1998-2001) and the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet (2001-2010, in effect) in our display case. We’re going with “Digital” to acknowledge an important development in the world of campaigns,
by Dave Nyczepir / Sep 20 2012
Some donations via text message could turn out to be more lucrative for campaigns after the Federal Election Commission approved a bid by AT&T to restructure its service rates. The commission unanimously voted to approve AT&T's request at its meeting Thursday.
Wireless carriers typically take 30 to 50 percent off the top of mobile contributions—a carryover from their fees on commercial content like apps. But AT&T intends to implement a new model where
by Dave Nyczepir / Sep 18 2012
The D.C. Court of Appeals overturned an earlier District Court ruling Tuesday that required outside groups to disclose some of their donors.
On March 30, the District Court found in favor of Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who sued the FEC over its regulation that donations of $1,000 or more to corporations, labor organizations and nonprofits need only be disclosed when designated for “electioneering communications." An electioneering communication covers any targeted broadcast, cable
by Shane D'Aprile / Sep 18 2012
President Obama’s post-convention polling bounce has all but disappeared, according to new numbers from Gallup. The latest Gallup tracking poll shows Obama up over Mitt Romney by just a single percentage point with registered voters—47 percent to 46 percent.
That’s exactly where the horserace was just ahead of the Democratic convention in Charlotte.
“We began to see Obama’s lead expanding on Tuesday night of the convention, and then saw it begin
by Chris Palko / Sep 17 2012
To followers of this presidential election, looking at the horse race can feel like a roller coaster. When viewed from certain angles and in certain perspectives, it looks like President Obama is a solid favorite to be reelected. Most public polls have him up, and he appears to be running ahead of his national numbers in the key swing states.
But viewed from other angles, Mitt Romney can seem stronger than these polls
by Dave Nyczepir / Sep 14 2012
AT&T’s proposed restructuring of rates for campaign text donations is near fruition. In a draft advisory opinion released Thursday, the Federal Election Commission said the wireless carrier could charge campaigns lower rates to process text message contributions.
AT&T was concerned offering campaigns lower rates would constitute illegal, in-kind contributions, per previous FEC text-to-donate advisory opinions. Lower fees could make the service more accessible to smaller political campaigns and committees.