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Behind the $150 Million: Obama's One Million Repeat Donor-Activists

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, October 20 2008

Al Giordano, blogging at The Field, puts his finger on the two most interesting elements of the Obama campaign's September fundraising success. First, buried in campaign manager David Plouffe's video announcement of a ... Read More

Reprise of $1 Million "Obama Minute," but now with Interactive Times Square Billboard

BY Michael Whitney | Sunday, October 5 2008

Last April we told you about an effort by an independent filmmaker that aimed to organize Obama supporters to donate $1 million to the candidate in under 1 minute. (They ended up raising a respectable $245,000 in a ... Read More

In the Weeds: Where McCain's Public Funding Meets Fundraising

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 10 2008

Just over a week ago came the remarkable news that the McCain campaign had raised some $7 million almost immediately after the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and some $4.5 million of it reportedly ... Read More

In the Weeds: Where McCain's Public Funding Meets Fundraising

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 10 2008

Just over a week ago came the remarkable news that the McCain campaign had raised some $7 million almost immediately after the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and some $4.5 million of it reportedly ... Read More

Daily Digest: Sarah Palin Has a Posse

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, September 4 2008

Some voters may still be working out their reaction to Sarah Palin's hard charging speech last night, but her address and its sustained needling of Barack Obama certainly won insta-plaudits on the online right; Former ... Read More

Barack's Boring Website

BY Patrick Ruffini | Sunday, July 27 2008

The common wisdom is that BarackObama.com is not only better at wrangling donations from the faithful, but is categorically better than JohnMcCain.com because it embraces an interactive as opposed to a broadcast model. ... Read More

Daily Digest: Novak Discovers They Let *Anyone* Read the Internets

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 23 2008

The Prince of Darkness explains away his propagation of the story that John McCain was picking a running mate this week by saying that all he did was post the story on the Internet; barackobama@gmail.com is not the ... Read More

Daily Digest: The Bloggers at Night Are Big and Bright...

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 18 2008

Both the online left and the online right gather in Austin, though the size and profile of Netroots Nation demonstrates the distance that conservatives still have to travel on the Internet; a congressman takes up a new ... Read More

Daily Digest: Next for FISA on MyBO? "Don't Ask Me"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 2 2008

A group protesting Barack Obama's stand on warrantless surveillance has attracted more than 10,000 members in just a week, making it the largest user-created group on MyBarackObama.com; we spotlight a tech policy dust-up ... Read More

Clinton Camp Gets $$$ Joke

BY Mindy Finn | Thursday, April 24 2008

One year and two months later (exactly to the day since she “started the conversation”), the Hillary Clinton campaign is getting the joke 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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