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Romney Campaign Uses Facebook To Publish Former Massachusetts Governor's Favorite Hits

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, March 9 2012

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign published a Spotify playlist of 19 songs on Facebook Friday. "A lot of you ask what Mitt listens to on the road. We compiled a list of favorites and put them on Spotify. Subscribe and ... Read More

San Francisco, Organizational Hub for a New Class of National Politicos

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 8 2012

From left to right: Chris Kelly, Christine Pelosi and Fred Davis at Rally's Super Tuesday party. Photo: Rally.

What was unusual about an evening Super Tuesday gathering in San Francisco was that many of the people there aren't working in a startup aimed at making some commercial aspect of life easier, faster and more fun. Instead, they are part of a generation of people with both political and tech savvy, using the web to fundamentally alter politics in general and specific campaigns in particular. For these people, the promise of a networked world and a new, networked politics — where people connecting outside the by-all-accounts-flawed and scandal-fraught party apparatus are starting to make an impact — is coming into focus. And rather than using their knowledge of the technology world to start the next Facebook, they're building a cadre of Silicon Valley companies that work in public affairs — not just non-profits, government, and civic life, but politics and campaigns. Read More

'Evangelicals For Mitt' Tells Peers: Yes You Can Vote For Mitt, Really.

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, March 6 2012

"There's a non-trivial number of evangelicals who believe that if we have a Mormon president, that will 'legitimize' Mormonism, and make it more acceptable in their minds, and therefore more and more people will become Mormon, and if you believe that Mormonism isn't Christianity, then more and more people are going to go to hell," explained Charles Mitchell, a onetime conservative activist and co-author of the blog Evangelicals for Mitt. "Sometimes, some people will tell us pretty directly that 'You are sending people to hell.'"

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How Low Can You Go? Why the $3 E-mail Ask is Working

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 16 2012

Panhandler in San Francisco, February 2008. Source: Wikimedia Commons

All of a sudden, campaigns everywhere are literally begging for as little as $3 in their email fundraising pitches. Are Americans tapped out? Or is something else going on here? Read More

Mittbucks.com Lets Voters Compare Their Paychecks With Romney's

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 10 2012

What would it take for Mitt Romney to be able to relate to the average American's daily economic life? He'd have to pay $1,208.09 for a gallon of gas, according to Mittbucks.com, a web site recently created by Adam ... Read More

Romney's and Obama's Teams Take It To The Tweets

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 3 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign says President Obama is too focused on re-election. Picture: Courtesy Romney for President

The business of political fund-raising has taken a new turn this campaign season, with the latest twist seeing Barack Obama's re-election effort and Mitt Romney's pursuit of the Republican nomination each piggyback their ... Read More

Pre-Facebook IPO, Here's Where Shareholders Put their Political Cash

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, February 3 2012

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Says Its Mission Is To "Make The World More Open And Connected."

Facebook's initial public offering is in the works and the company is already gearing up to exert the kind of influence in Washington that one might expect from a publicly held firm. With a political action committee for the company already in place, here's a look at some of the politicians who might benefit from the rising fortunes of Facebook's early investors, based on those investors' past political contribution habits as reported by OpenSecrets. Read More

Romney Campaign to Test Out Square Tonight

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 31 2012

As Nick Bilton noted last night, the Mitt Romney campaign plans to test out Square for fund-raising at a Florida event tonight. A spokeswoman for Barack Obama's re-election campaign told us yesterday that Obama campaign staffers and select volunteers around the country would be getting the devices, which attach to mobile phones and work as credit card readers, as well as custom software that collects the information necessary for donations to be compliant with Federal Election Commission requirements.

Update: Now with screenshots!

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Mitt Romney Doing Click-to-Call Voter-ID In Florida

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, January 31 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign is asking volunteers to use click-to-call tools to do voter identification for the campaign in Florida today.

First-time callers get a script prompting them to ask the person on the other end of the line if they're voting today and who they plan to vote for, and a web form where they can fill in the answers; it's entirely possible that folks who have made more calls get a more complex script.

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AdAge Reports Presidential Candidates Turning To Mobile Ads

BY Nick Judd | Monday, January 23 2012

Cotton Delo writes that presidential candidates are testing the waters with mobile ads. Read More