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California Regulators Pondering Political Contributions Via SMS

BY Nick Judd | Monday, August 1 2011

Photo: Dru Bloomfield / Flickr California's Fair Political Practices Commission is now considering regulations that would pave the way for state-level political committees to collect donations through text message, the ... Read More

Massachusetts Pol Grouponomizes Campaign Finance

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 29 2011

Massachusetts state Rep. Dan Winslow. Groupon economics (Grouponomics?) has come to campaign finance. In June, Massachusetts state Rep. Dan Winslow sought approval for an effort to Grouponomize a campaign fund-raiser ... Read More

Stephen Colbert's Square-Powered Super PAC

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 5 2011

When Stephen Colbert walked out of a Federal Elections Commission meeting where the FEC gave him permission to form a "super PAC" and promote it on his show, he had a credit card swiper on hand, ready to collect ... Read More

Online Consultant Says 'Web Guys' Need to Put Fundraising First

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 23 2011

Justin Hart, who was California U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore's new media director, says online consultants should focus on fundraising to stay relevant to their campaigns: Make it about fundraising; pay your own ... Read More

Massachusetts State Rep Offers a Social Deal ... On His Fund-Raiser

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, June 22 2011

Massachusetts State Rep. Dan Winslow is seeking state approval for a scheme to offer a Groupon deal on a campaign fund-raiser: Winslow’s groundbreaking idea would allow supporters a chance to attend the $100 per ... Read More

Reading Your Inbox for Political Dollars

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 7 2011

You know how Rapportive can serve up social data keyed off your Gmail inbox? Meet Inbox Influence. It does the same thing, basically, but with details on the political money tied to the people and organizations in your ... Read More

Obama '12 Tries Donor-to-Donor Networking

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 1 2011

The Obama campaign is trying out a fundraising technique that will be familiar to NPR listeners: matching donors' donations with the donations of other donors. But there's an Obama-ish twist: they're also matching ... Read More

Facebook Says Tiny Ads Don't Make for Good Disclosure

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Facebook is telling the FEC that the design of its ads isn't welcoming to campaign disclosures, reports Politico's Jennifer Epstein: The company says it has made a conscious decision to keep the ads on its site small and ... Read More

Buddy Roemer's Hundred Dollar Revolution

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 22 2011

Buddy Roemer, the party switching (D-to-R) governor of Louisiana in the late '80s and early '90s, explains to the New York Times' Michael D. Shear that while he might not be "the smartest guy in the world," ... Read More

#SupportJapan: Thou Shall Not Build Traffic from Tragedy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Is this really bad corporate social media behavior? Or an overheated enforecement by the Twitter police of unformed norms? After pushback, the folks behind Microsoft's Bing apologized for offering to contribute up to ... Read More

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NYC Open Data Advocates Focus on Quality And Value Over Quantity

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications plans to publish more than double the amount of datasets this year than it published to the portal last year, new Commissioner Anne Roest wrote last week in an annual report mandated by the city's open data law, with 135 datasets scheduled to be released this year, and almost 100 more to come in 2015. But as preparations are underway for City Council open data oversight hearings in the fall, what matters more to advocates than the absolute number of the datasets is their quality. GO

Civic Tech and Engagement: Announcing a New Series on What Makes it "Thick"

Announcing a new series of feature articles that we will be publishing over the next several months, thanks to the support of the Rita Allen Foundation. Our focus is on digitally-enabled civic engagement, and in particular, how and under what conditions "thick" digital civic engagement occurs. What we're after is answers to this question: When does a tech tool or platform enable actual people to make ongoing and significant contributions to each other, to a place or cause, at a scale that produces demonstrable change? GO

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