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First POST: Tools for Republicans

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, January 30 2013

Tools for Republicans

  • In 2012, FreedomWorks and American Majority Action tested out their own door-to-door voter contact software. The launch was greeted with fanfare, but as Republican candidates suffered in House races — Tea Party darlings in particular — grassroots field organizing from the right seemed to fade into the background.

    We've remedied this with a story for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers on Political Gravity, the mobile field software AMA tested in 2012 and has now purchased. While their candidates may not have fared so well, American Majority's leadership says they're happy with the tools of the trade — and with Republicans beginning to embrace field organizing and a return to door-to-door politics, this Tea Party group might have some lessons on offer for the establishment right.

The rhubarb principle revisited

  • Domain name squatters have taken over two domains that might be of interest to the successor organization to Obama for America, Organizing for Action. The owner of one domain, organizingforaction.net, says he's set it up to redirect to the National Rifle Association website and may be willing to part with it — for $10,000.

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