A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by C&E Staff / Jun 21 2013
GOP activists have a chance this weekend to hone the skills that have made their Democratic rivals an electoral and consulting success story.
Tech-savvy activists are set to converge at the offices of 1776 a Washington, D.C. business incubator on Saturday to compete for cash prizes in a hackathon.
The RevoltDC Hackathon is technically non-partisan, but was organized by GOP activists Andrew Hemingway and Lara Aulestia. It's designed to help activists "develop usage applications"
by Jake Williams / Jun 20 2013
Elevated Campaigns has hired Sherry Greenberg, a former advisor to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to lead the firm’s Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles offices.
She’ll work on expanding the political and public affairs firm’s national client list and manage its operations along with Jack Quigley, its managing partner, and President Julie Cutler.
“I’ve worked with a lot of political professionals over the years,” stated Quigley. “Hands down, Sherry Greenberg is one of the best
by Erik Nilsson / Jun 20 2013
When you think about a modern political campaign you think of rapid decision making and execution, collaboration, agility and operating on the very edge of resource poverty.
Traditional IT projects have long been the antithesis of political campaigns. They require carefully designed specifications, expensive platforms, engineers and developers, software frameworks and, more importantly, long-term testing and release periods.
Because campaigns and IT projects are so different, campaigns have always had a love-hate relationship with technology. Even
by Sean J. Miller / Jun 19 2013
Vectis Strategies, a California-based bipartisan public affairs firm, has hired Democratic consultant Kathy Bowler to lead the firm’s Sacramento office.
Bowler, who will maintain an independent campaign consultancy, is a former head of the California Democratic Party and state director for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
“Kathy restored the fiscal and political operations of the State Democratic Party after the devastating 1994 election cycle, which left the state party deeply in debt after
by Robbie Sherwood / Jun 19 2013
The Supreme Court opinion that held Arizona’s requirement for proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in federal elections is preempted by federal law will be a boost to Democratic efforts in the state and could lead to an increase in campaign spending.
This isn’t because it will encourage illegal immigrants to vote, as the anti-immigration nativists who pushed for the voter ID law have claimed—without credibility or evidence. It will help
by Jake Williams / Jun 18 2013
Finding your voters online is one thing, but what’s the best way to motivate those voters to engage with your candidate and cause? No matter the size of your race, it all starts with a solid digital game plan.
Julie Germany, the vice president of digital strategy at DCI Group, and Tim Cameron, the director of digital media for the House Republican Conference, gave a crash course in digital strategy at C&E’s annual Art
by Jake Williams / Jun 17 2013
For all of the digital hype surrounding the use of data and technology on President Obama’s reelection effort, it was the campaign’s building and nurturing of personal relationships that truly paved the way for success.
“One thing that’s really important about digital engagement is to realize it’s actually a conversation,” Delacey Skinner of GMMB said on a panel discussion at C&E’s annual Art of Political Campaigning Conference on Monday. “You’re not talking at someone.”
by Brian Jodice / Jun 14 2013
During a recent FreedomWorks event in Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz (R) let fly a teleprompter-free speech that quickly grabbed national attention. Cruz, fresh off leading the effort to block the Democrats’ gun control legislation, turned the conversation back to his GOP colleagues and called a handful of them (who remained nameless) “squishes.”
Who was there to capture the moment? Not the mainstream media, not a gaggle of press cohorts, not Cruz’s campaign media team –
by Jake Williams / Jun 13 2013
Two Obama campaign veterans are launching a new strategic communications firm—the Incite Agency.
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Obama campaign vet Ben LaBolt will head the new venture, which is affiliated with New Partners, the Democratic firm that formed following the 2008 election cycle.
Gibbs and LaBolt are founding partners of the new venture, which will work with New Partners to “give clients access to a comprehensive range of services while
by Sean J. Miller / Jun 13 2013
Staff and consultants are always trying to pick the winning candidate but they’ll have to wait another couple years before they can literally put their money where their work is.
Nevada legislators killed a bill that would’ve allowed betting on federal elections. State Sen. Richard Tick Segerblom, a Las Vegas Democrat, shepherded the bill through the state Senate but couldn’t maneuver it through the House before the Legislature adjourned earlier this month.
Nevada is one
by Sean J. Miller / Jun 12 2013
The consulting world is mourning the death of Doug Bailey, a former political adviser to Gerald Ford and media pioneer.
The Hotline, which was founded by Bailey and Democratic strategist Roger Craver in 1979, reported he passed away Sunday night at the age of 79. As news spread through the political world, consultants remembered an experienced tactician who left his mark on campaigns.
"One of the first things I learned from Dr. Bailey, in
by Erik Nilsson / Jun 07 2013
While bartering may be making an Internet-powered comeback, it still doesn’t make sense for modern political committees to use an exchange of goods or services, known as in-kind contributions, as a form of fundraising.
In-kinds are one of the most common campaign compliance infractions so it’s difficult to understand why campaigns would accept this form of contributions. Just last month, the Federal Election Commission fined former Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) campaign committee $32,000 for accepting