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In Pivot to General, Romney Campaign Seeking to Build Out Digital Staff

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 10 2012

Mitt Romney. Photo: Austen Hufford

For Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:The Romney campaign is advertising technology-related jobs on Mashable. (via @adamostrow)

Romney digital director Zac Moffatt says a robust internal tech staff is the new normal for presidential campaigns, but those positions weren't a priority during primary season.

"This is what people are doing online in 2012," he told techPresident Thursday morning. "This is the team that we need to build to be successful."

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Nathaniel Parks to Field Works

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 20 2012

Joining yesterday's moves: Nathaniel Parks, a voter-file pro who had previously worked at Catalist and Voter Link, is now a partner at Field Works, a firm that does field management and volunteer/voter identification for Democrats and left-leaning organizations like AFSCME, EMILY'S List and others. Read More

Josh Hendler Goes to Hill+Knowlton

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 18 2012

Josh Hendler, once director of technology for the Democratic National Committee, has joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as Global Chief Technology Officer. Hendler started Jan. 9 and reports to notable Democratic online ad man Andrew Bleeker, the company announced today. Bleeker is global director of the firm's digital practice. Hendler was last at Jumo, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' social nonprofit that hoped to connect nonprofits with potential donors and volunteers. GOOD Magazine acquired the nascent organization last year. Read More

Want to Do Digital for the Democratic National Convention? You'd Better Know Friendster

BY Nick Judd | Friday, September 30 2011

Here's one line from the requirements listed in a job posting the Democratic National Convention Committee appears to be circulating, as seen on grassroots action website Democratic Gain, for a deputy director of ... Read More

Major Dem Software Firm Gets New Digital Services Head

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 22 2011

NGP VAN, the purveyor of fundraising software and get-out-the-vote tech for Democratic campaigns and causes, announced today that former Treasury Department digital staffer Mike Liddell will be joining them as head of ... Read More

Tim Tagaris is Leaving His Post As SEIU's Internet Director

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 15 2011

Tim Tagaris during Ned Lamont's 2006 U.S. Senate run. Photo: Matt Stoller / Flickr Tim Tagaris, the former Internet director for onetime presidential hopeful Chris Dodd and for Ned Lamont's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign, ... Read More

Google Picks Former Bush Staffer As Envoy to Republicans

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 14 2011

A former spokesman for President George W. Bush will run outreach to Republican campaigns on Google's behalf, Politico and The Hill's Hillicon Valley report today. Rob Saliterman, who served as communications director ... Read More

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