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Working around New Hampshire's 'push poll' law

Working around New Hampshire's 'push poll' law

by Matt Laslo / Oct 29 2012

LEBANON, NH – Just how big of a factor is the push poll law New Hampshire’s attorney general has been aggressively enforcing in the state? According to some Granite State campaigners, it hasn’t had the negative impact they feared it might.   

Attorney General Michael Delaney’s enforcement of the law has consultants and pollsters on edge. The law blurs the lines between push polls, which are largely used to tarnish the

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Pew: 10 percent of donors have contributed via text

by Dave Nyczepir / Oct 25 2012

Political text donations are slow catching on, according to a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. In all, 10 percent of Americans who have given to a presidential campaign this year have done so via text message.
 
Earlier this year, the Federal Election Commission approved political donations via text. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have made text donation appeals to donors, but the

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FCC takes up text message spam

FCC takes up text message spam

by Dave Nyczepir / Oct 25 2012

The mobile industry’s at war over cellular privacy—or free speech—depending on how you look at it.

The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that it’s accepting comments on a petition that seeks to have Internet-to-phone text messaging declared a type of autodialing. The technology, which collects cell numbers without consent and then messages them via created email addresses, isn’t currently covered under the Technology Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and some consider it a loophole

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The toughest campaign ads of 2012

by Shane D'Aprile / Oct 24 2012

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, campaigns across the country have already emptied most of their opposition research binders. The result? Some pretty brutal TV ads.    

With input from close to a dozen campaign strategists, we came to a consensus on some of the toughest ads of the 2012 cycle so far. Let us know which ads we may have missed. 

"Never, Ever"
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Survey: Youth prefer Facebook GOTV reminder

by Dave Nyczepir / Oct 23 2012

Facebook and text message reminders are the top two ways young voters want to be targeted with GOTV messages, according to a new poll from Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit focused on youth organizing.

The survey, conducted by for Generation Opportunity by the Polling Company Inc., gauged the effectiveness of various GOTV tools among 1,003 millennials, aged 18 to 29. A full 59 percent said they prefer a Facebook reminder message,

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How to (not) call your opponent a liar

How to (not) call your opponent a liar

by Robert Spicer / Oct 23 2012

Credibility gap. Propaganda. Prevaricating. Dissembling. Rhetoric. Half-truths. False. Misleading.

When you are a candidate, or a surrogate, the euphemism is your best friend when you just need to call your opponent a liar but do not want the potential backlash from resorting to the word. So in this election’s four debates one of the more entertaining games to play has been to look for the ways the candidates have tried to

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A social view of this year's debates

A social view of this year's debates

by Dave Nyczepir / Oct 23 2012

Welcome to the new world of presidential debates—one in which social networks have an outsized ability to drive the narrative both during and after the high-stakes contests.

The result—this election year, at least—has been the political pundit class and voters alike working overtime to filter campaign messages through the din.       

“There’s just so much noise now compared to what it used to be; I think Twitter is its main domain,” says

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Five priorities for your GOTV operation

Five priorities for your GOTV operation

by Phillip Stutts / Oct 23 2012

The money’s raised, the ads are paid in full, and the candidate’s schedule doesn’t have a free minute until November 6.  Yep, it’s that time of year, the final days of the campaign.
 
So what does it take to sprint to the finish line looking like a Get-Out-The-Vote Svengali? It’s not just about having a brilliant plan; it’s about how efficiently you execute it.
 
Here are five lessons

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Scoring points in tonight's foreign policy debate

Scoring points in tonight's foreign policy debate

by Michael Moschella / Oct 22 2012

Foreign policy has always been a challenge for challengers. They usually start with no record, and polling these issues can be particularly tricky because the public has a significant knowledge gap.

When we look at domestic issues like education, health and taxes, there's a strong likelihood that a voter has an education, goes to the doctor and works. Compare that to how many folks have been to Syria or Libya or

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How is modern political fundraising evolving?

How is modern political fundraising evolving?

by Erik Nilsson / Oct 22 2012

As both presidential candidates race to the November election finish line, they are surpassing fundraising numbers only dreamed of in past cycles. What you probably don't know is that it’s all part of my master plan.

Back in 2009, I created this projection graph:

The graph shows the total amount raised for all presidential campaigns, both Democratic and Republican, going back to 1976. I projected the 2012 totals

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Leveraging stolen yard signs

Leveraging stolen yard signs

by Ben Donahower / Oct 22 2012

There are plenty of new and exciting developments in the campaign world this cycle, but some things never change and yard sign theft is one of them. Just as soon as your campaign and its supporters start placing yard signs, you can be sure thieves and vandals will begin targeting them.

First rule: never underestimate the lengths people will go to steal or vandalize yard signs. The proof is endless, and often fairly

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Knocking off the king

Knocking off the king

by Chris Palko / Oct 19 2012

Mitt Romney has the chance to do something that doesn’t happen very often—defeat an incumbent president.

There are only two real examples of this in modern political history. After the first Gulf War, President George H.W. Bush had approval ratings between 80 and 90 percent. The peaceful conclusion of the Cold War during his first term made Bush look like a lock for reelection.

Top Democratic figures, most notably New York Governor

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