A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by C&E Staff / Jan 13 2014
Mercury has hired GOP pollsters Tony Fabrizio and Bob Ward to direct the bi-partisan firm's "polling capability" for its corporate clients.
“Their world-class experience offers clients the best in corporate polling, research and analysis," Mercury CEO Kieran Mahoney said in a statement. "Having Tony and Bob as senior counsel to the firm strengthens our comprehensive suite of services at Mercury.”
Both men made their names as the top survey researchers for former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole's
by C&E Staff / Jan 13 2014
Consultant Arnold Pinkney, who helped elect Dick Celeste governor of Ohio and managed civil rights advocate Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign, has died.
"With his passing, a huge part of history goes with him," Jackson said Monday.
Pinkney, who was also a successful businessman and political powerbroker in Cleveland, was 83.
Friends said Pinkney had been ill for months. But his influence remained considerable in local politics. Last June he endorsed Armond Budish
by C&E Staff / Jan 09 2014
Pollster Frank Luntz has sold a majority partnership interest in his firm, Luntz Global, to MDC Partners Inc. The move came after Luntz, who was name MDC's chief language strategist, told an interviewer: "I'm probably less healthy now than I have ever been in my life."
In the same interview with The Atlantic, Luntz said he no longer has political contracts. The sale indicates that's unlikely to change as MDC touted the Republican's
by Kirsten Borman / Jan 08 2014
Of all the fundraising advice I give, “make the ask” is the phrase I find myself repeating most often. This advice may appear simplistic, but it addresses what is the Achilles’ heel of many candidates and campaign fundraising structures.
Oftentimes candidates or fundraisers truly believe they are making “the ask” because they're saying all the information regarding their request, but they leave out the part they’re most unfamiliar with. They’re checking all of the seemingly
by Brandon Lewis / Jan 06 2014
Building an effective database is essential to fundraising success, yet it's often overlooked or goes undone because it's technical and time consuming. If your clients skip this step at the beginning of their campaigns, it will cause a significant reduction in fundraising performance for the remainder of the election. Here’s how you can avoid this.
First, pick a simple campaign fundraising software program and compel all of your candidates to use it. If it's not
by C&E Staff / Jan 03 2014
Harry Walter, whose ads were credited with helping Willy Brandt remain chancellor of West Germany in a 1972 snap federal election, passed away in his sleep Dec. 31 at his ranch in Canada.
He was considered one of the pioneers of European political consulting and one of the first to bring American campaign techniques across the Atlantic.
A longtime member of the International Association of Political Consultants, he served as the organization's president from 1983
by Sean J. Miller / Jan 03 2014
Despite a lack of clarity from the FEC, at least one prominent Senate candidate is now accepting donations via Bitcoin.
The move has some fundraising experts wondering how the FEC will react. When the commission heard a proposal to allow candidates to accept Bitcoins last November, commissioners were concerned about campaigns collecting the personal data of the donors.
During transactions involving the currency, only the parties' bitcoin addresses are public. The hearing ended
by Jason McDonald / Jan 01 2014
Over the last year, I had the opportunity to interview operatives from around the country as host of the “Getting Elected” podcast. At the end of each interview I like to ask my guest, “What’s the biggest mistake you see campaigns and candidates making over and over?” Based on their answers, here are the four common mistakes that every campaign should resolve to avoid in 2014.
Neglecting to focus on the big picture
by Anne Hathaway / Dec 27 2013
If you're asking yourself whether it makes sense to base your operations outside of the Beltway or set up a regional satellite office, the answer is definitely yes.
Whereas the media power centers are still based in New York and Washington, D.C., the political power centers are rapidly relocating to state capitals.
I saw this firsthand in the spring of 2011 when then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) weighed a potential campaign for president. Reporters
by Ben Donahower / Dec 26 2013
What was on my Christmas list? Yard signs, of course. And this season didn't disappoint. But for those politicos whose cravings went unfulfilled by this year’s gift haul, don’t fret. There’s always next year when your Ralphie-esque wish for collectible campaign paraphernalia can come true.
There are two types of yard signs that make for an interesting collection. The first are historically or personally significant yard signs: The candidates that you have worked for and
by Brandon Lewis / Dec 23 2013
If you’re a consultant who works for candidates seeking state or local offices, you have your own set of unique fundraising challenges to overcome. Unlike larger federal races or statewide efforts where a full-time finance director is at the helm, your candidate is likely running while holding down a full-time job with part-time campaign staffers or a motley crew of volunteers.
From your perspective, fundraising serves two purposes: It increases the probability that your candidate
by David Rosen / Dec 19 2013
Will putting the Christ back in Christmas help embattled Democrats? That’s a question circulating in the wake of Sen. Mark Pryor’s (D-Ark.) latest campaign ad, which begins: “I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word.” The ad is a tender, if blunt, assertion that faith should trump partisanship. It defines Pryor in explicitly religious terms, but why is he doing it, and what does he hope