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RNC And Romney Slam Obama Online Over Tepid Jobs Report

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 6 2012

The Republican National Committee released a new online video and statement on Friday slamming President Obama over the weak jobs report released by the Labor Department. The video features a a clip of CNBC's Chief ... Read More

Romney Campaign Plans Weekend "Buckeye Blitz"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, July 5 2012

The Romney campaign is asking supporters to hit the streets this weekend for a second round of what it's calling the "Buckeye Blitz." Through e-mail, the campaign called on Romney supporters in Ohio to make hundreds of phone calls and door knocks this Saturday. Romney volunteers knocked on 30,000 doors statewide on the weekend of June 9, the campaign reported to supporters in an e-mail note. As an incentive for topping that number, the campaign is offering supporters free campaign swag to those who knock on the right number of doors or dial enough phone numbers. Read More

Hidden in Plain View: Obama 2012's Organizing Blueprint

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, July 3 2012

Image from "Campaigning to Engage and Win: A Guide to Leading Electoral Campaigns."

Yesterday, the New Organizing Institute, a progressive training center, published a 210-page manual titled, "Campaigning to Engage and Win: A Guide to Leading Electoral Campaigns." Written by and for campaigners at every level of politics, it is also the Obama 2012 field strategy, hidden in plain view. It is also an argument for a different way of campaigning than the traditional reliance on fundraising and TV ads, one that calls for starting earlier and engaging supporters more deeply in all aspects of a campaign's life, and one that builds on the one thing that may make campaigns in the digital age different: thanks to technology, it makes sense to involve more people. Indeed, it may be the best way to win. Read More

Why Mitt Romney is Finding Fans in Silicon Valley

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 3 2012

President Barack Obama does better than Mitt Romney in Silicon Valley in terms of fundraising and support, to be sure. But Internet businesspeople are still businesspeople, and some of them say that Romney — by pursuing the economic policies he's outlined on the campaign trail — would be a better president for the American tech sector. Read More

Poetry of the Email Subject Line: Ups and Downs

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, June 27 2012

Wonderful news Romney in a landslide? Hell no You know it, I know it Dinner with the Obamas Fly out to meet us Before the polls open We're getting outspent Take this seriously Cat's out of the bag I will be outspent Sad ... Read More

The Great Voter Tune-Out of 2012

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 21 2012

Youth voter turnout, 2012 vs 2008 primaries (courtesy Jason Rzepka)

Micah Sifry writes: It's the "'meh'-ing" of the president, says Roger Simon. "The 2012 campaign is the smallest ever," says another headline in Politico. All over the political landscape, signs abound of a dismal political season.

Now the Pew Research Center For the People & The Press is out with a meaty new survey that confirms that voter engagement with the 2012 election is down compared to the campaign of 2008. Last time around, at this point in the race, 63% of registered voters polled said they were "more interested" in the election than previously; that's now dropped to just 48% saying they're more interested than four years ago. That is, one is six registered voters have tuned DOWN their interest in the presidential battle compared to four years ago. Read More

Poetry of the Email Subject Line: Anticipation

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, June 15 2012

The steganographic gods are at it again. Read More

Poetry of the Email Subject Line

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, May 23 2012

Micah Sifry discovers the unintentional poetry of email subject lines from Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns. Read More

Was the "Ricketts"/Fred Davis Obama-Wright Ad Pitch a Good Deal?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, May 17 2012

As if the content of the now-discarded plan for a new Super PAC-funded attack campaign against President Barack Obama wasn't controversial enough to grab attention — it would revive attempts to link President Obama to the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright just before the beginning of the Democratic National Convention this summer — the now-discarded plan featured a two-page pitch for a pricey social media component meant to boost its exposure. Read More

Obama 2012 Hiring More Staffers To Manage Campaign Data

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, April 26 2012

Barack Obama's re-election campaign is once again on the look-out for data geeks. Specifically, the campaign is creating an "Obama Field Tech Academy" to train new staffers to manage the volumes of information generated ... Read More

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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NDI Launches Open Source DemTools for International Development

Yesterday the National Democratic Institute launched a suite of web-based applications created for their partner organizations, mostly pro-democracy groups and political parties around the world. These “DemTools,” which are ready-to-use but can also be customized, will give organizations in developing countries some of the capabilities that political activists and parties in the United States have had for years. Moreover, since the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is making the promise to host partner organization's applications in the cloud essentially forever, they hope these applications will help usher in a period of more sustainable tech.

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