BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 3 2013
A recently released study of election websites concludes that where site design is concerned, elections officials are from Mars and voters are from Venus. Read More
BY Nick Judd | Monday, February 25 2013
Top Romney for America strategist Stuart Stevens raised a straw man Sunday in a Washington Post op-ed that attacks "young, technology-focused Republican operatives who feel that the Republican Party should be doing more (which we should) and that, horrors of horrors, I chose not to tweet during the campaign. (For the record, I’ve had a Twitter account since shortly after the service launched and follow it perhaps a bit too obsessively.)"
His unrepentant reply does little to bridge a growing generational rift in the GOP.Read More
BY Matt Taylor | Tuesday, January 29 2013
Given FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey's tumultuous exit from the organization he helped found, a Republican Party now casting about for solutions to its electoral troubles could be forgiven for passing over Tea Party advice on organizational structure. But if grassroots conservatives have technology tips to share, GOP insiders looking for an upgrade might want to lend an ear. Read More
BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 30 2012
The president's re-election campaign used targeted person-to-person contact on Facebook to reach five million voters, many of whom were the focus of an effort to reach 18-to-29-year-old voters who not be reached by phone, Obama for America Digital Director Teddy Goff said Friday. Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, November 5 2012
No matter who wins the election Tuesday, the campaign has helped establish an online voice for a population with a unique perspective in this election -- self-described Mormon Democrats and supporters of Obama. Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, October 18 2012
The National Republican Congressional Committee is asking its supporters to propose messages to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that the committee plans to display on a mobile billboard to be driven around the speaker's San Francisco office.
The message shared the most by email or Twitter wins.
In first place: "You have to spend your retirement fund to find out how much is in it."
In second place: "We love you, Nancy. We need you as speaker."Read More
BY Nick Judd | Friday, October 12 2012
Faced with a sudden rash of "likes" for Romney from people who say they don't really like Romney, Mother Jones asked Facebook for help figuring out what was going on. The social network's response: Users are "probably liking the Romney page on a mobile device by either accidentally clicking on a Romney ad or a 'sponsored story' from the Romney campaign in their news feed." Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, September 28 2012
Yesterday, ActBlue, the organization that encourages the raising of small donations online for Democratic candidates, reached a threshold of $300 million total raised since its start in 2004. These small donors can make a difference even in the face of the large third party expenditure groups on the other side, according to Michael Malbin, executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute, especially when they add up in competitive races. Read More
BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, August 23 2012
More news organizations and technology companies announced election related online services today, as CNN and Time launched their Convention Floor Pass app, and Microsoft announced its Election 2012 Hub on Xbox Live.
Social media becomes more entwined with daily life all the time, so it's easy to call this year's conventions the "most social ever." The efforts outlined so far are long on things to watch while short on ways to meaningfully participate — although given the nature of the conventions, which many big-name politicians are not attending, that might have less to do with the applications and more to do with the events they've been built to augment.Read More
BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 7 2012
When Democratic consultant Nancy Leeds saw the "Hey Girl, It's Ryan Gosling" meme spread late last year, she decided to start a reaction GIF tumblr of her own, devoted exclusively to campaigns and named "Campaign Sick," after a blog she also maintains. What she didn't realize was that staffers and consultants around the country — even some Republicans, she says — would take advantage of the opportunity to send their own submissions in numbers, creating an anonymous escape valve for campaign pressure.
"You're not supposed to be posting stuff on the Internet outside of the campaign because you're a representative of the campaign," Leeds told me by phone Friday. "And second of all, you want to be a soldier. You don't want to be complaining and venting and asking for advice, you want to look like you're in control and nothing ever bothers you."Read More