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BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 20 2014

Senator Al Franken's tough questions for Uber's CEO; how the NSA could make its phone metadata program permanent; global privacy groups launch a personal spyware catcher called Detekt; and much, much more. Read More

MoveOn To Launch Six Figure Campaign To Sign Young Americans Up For Healthcare

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, February 28 2014

Sample banner ads for MoveOn's campaign (courtesy of MoveOn.org)

On Monday, MoveOn will launch a national mobile campaign to get young Americans to sign up for health insurance by the March 31 deadline. The campaign makes use of “tap-to-call” technology, in which a cell phone user only has to tap an ad to be connected with an enrollment specialist. MoveOn has dedicated $100,000 dollars to the campaign already, but after two months of positive test results the organization hopes to raise more funds to expand the program.

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In Silicon Valley and Among Online Activists, Strong Response to Paul Ryan as VP Nominee

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, August 14 2012

A few members of Silicon Valley's relatively small coterie of Mitt Romney supporters cheered the GOP presidential candidate on Monday for choosing House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee, saying that they appreciate the appointment of a man focused on the nation's balance sheet. Meanwhile, activists on both sides of the aisle online are gearing up to make Ryan's brand of fiscal conservatism a centerpiece of the rest of the election season. Read More

How Online Organizing Helped Ted Cruz Win His Republican Primary

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, August 2 2012

FreedomWorks volunteers canvassed voters all over Texas using software and data from Political Gravity

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers: Ted Cruz was the darling of the right yesterday as he basked in his victory over David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff for the chance to become Texas’ next U.S. senator. And he was the darling of the rightroots, too, many of whom turned out in force to support his candidacy.

A conservative, Tea Party-backed figure challenging the favored candidate of Gov. Rick Perry and establishment Republicans, Cruz won, reports say, thanks to a long and hard-fought ground campaign. But his primary effort is interesting because it shines a light on the structure of a modern Senate race, one that mixes traditional door-knocking with high-tech tools, editorial board meetings with blogger outreach, a corps of volunteers with the unpredictable influence of outside groups. Given that Cruz beat Dewhurst by taking nearly 57 percent of the vote according to preliminary returns, all despite being outspent three to one, it’s a campaign worth a closer look.

Independent observers, Cruz supporters and campaign staff aren’t saying that the Internet played a deciding role in his victory. It was a combination of these outside groups, Republican women and Cruz's own hard work that put him over the top, said Dave Jennings, a Texas blogger in the Southeast Houston area who supported Dewhurst.

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Online and Off, "Obamacare" Advocates And Foes Plan Day of Action

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, June 28 2012

Activists at a March rally supporting the Affordable Care Act. Photo: LaDawna Howard

Advocacy groups will be reactivating their networks Thursday as the Supreme Court of the United States issues its landmark ruling on the constitutionality of a signature policy of the Obama administration: healthcare reform. Read More

Freedomworks Hires an Outreach Director

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, June 25 2012

Freedomworks has hired Deneen Borelli as its new director of outreach, the group announced in a statement. A key part of her role will be to "participate in recruiting grassroots activists -- including minorities -- and aggressively challenge the misleading voices of the liberal black establishment," the group says. Read More

For Tea Partiers, A New Tool to Get Out the Vote On the Fly

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, March 12 2012

Tea Party activist group FreedomWorks for America is rolling out mobile voter canvassing and get-out-the-vote tools for supporters, it announced in a recent email.

Using the tool from the conservative-minded firm Political Gravity, FreedomWorks supporters are supposed to be able generate maps of doors knock on to find likely Republican voters and identifies folks who have cast ballots in three out of the past four Republican primary elections. Users of FreedomWorks' social network for Tea Party activists, Freedom Connector, will be able to access the app for selected campaigns where the organization has made an endorsement. Through the app, users who give their location get lists of nearby voters to contact and maps that trace a canvassing route through a neighborhood.

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Spotted: A Glenn Beck/FreedomWorks Moneybomb

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 23 2011

FreedomWorks is out with a moneybomb today to raise $100,000 for an "on-the-ground network needed to defeat the Left's massive political machine." Source: FreedomWorks One subject line for the email: "Help Glenn Beck and ... Read More