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California Gov Candidate Borrowing a (Free) Idea from Obama

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 15 2009

I'm not sure how unique this is amongst state and local candidates, but here's a sign that what might be called the Obama model of digital politics is trickling down to lower ticket races. It was perhaps under-commented upon during the Open for Question days that the new president of the United States chose to use a completely no-cost tool freely available to the rest of us, rather than go the proprietary route. That means that every ambitious candidate down to the town council level can mimic some of Obama's efforts. Here, Tom Campbell, a Republican candidate for California governor, is using Google Moderator to solicit ideas on the budget, water, schools, and more. Campbell explains above.