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Newt Gingrich Still Owes People Who Helped Him Raise His Money

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, May 2 2012

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Newt Gingrich ended the month of April with $4.3 million in outstanding debt — some of it, ironically, to the company that likely helped him raise a good chunk of his campaign haul. Gingrich owed over $134,000 to CMDI, filings show, a company that among other things has a hefty chunk of market share in online payment processing and compliance software for high-level Republican campaigns. Those weren't his only tech-related debts. Read More

Who's Using Newt's Email List? Gingrich Supporters Get Email Pitch

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, April 18 2012

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has suffered many indignities and blows in his now long-shot quest for the Republican presidential nomination. He's even been attacked by a penguin.

Now, his name — and email list — is being used by an identity-theft protection service with a checkered past.

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First POST: All Shook Up

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 22 2012

Photo: Flickr/DonkeyHotey

Today's news: A round-up of reactions to Romney Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's comment about campaigns being like Etch-A-Sketch; Nielsen shares its findings about the demographics of the presidential candidates' online audience; a look at Harry Potter activism; more on Kony 2012; and New York City wants to run its own TLD. Read More

Republican National Committee Uses #ObamaonEmpty To Fuel Attacks On Obama's Energy Policy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 15 2012

Republicans accelerated their rhetorical assaults against President Obama on Thursday, hitting him hard in speeches and online over gas prices as those prices rise, and Obama’s poll numbers go down. The Republican ... Read More

Newt's New Online Ad

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, March 7 2012

Newt Gingrich is celebrating his win in Georgia today with an online ad through Google that announces "Newt Wins Georgia - Keep the Momentum Going - Donate Today."

But as Gingrich continues with his campaign, he seems to still be struggling with keeping parts of his website online on election days.

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NewtCam Allows Viewers To See Newt Gingrich In His Natural Habitat

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, February 23 2012

Follow the Newt

There's no doubt that the former Speaker of the House is a formidable speaker, and that he's most comfortable while at the lectern sharing his policy positions and charming an audience. So in a smart move, Newt Gingrich's online campaign staff in recent months have started live streaming campaign trail appearances by the Republican presidential candidate through his Facebook page. Read More

Did Newt Gingrich Lose Florida for Want of a Better API?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 2 2012

Slate's Sasha Issenberg has a great story outlining one narrative about Newt Gingrich's loss in Florida: He inspired a group of tech-savvy volunteers, but gave them no way to plug in to the campaign. Read More

Gingrich Savvy On Facebook, Says Company's Political Team

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, December 12 2011

Current Republican presidential race frontrunner Newt Gingrich's Facebook's page is "a great example of providing many ways for supporters to get involved," according to Facebook's political team. Read More

Newt Gingrich's Google Ad Buy Jumps the Cain Train

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, December 1 2011

Politico's Morning Score notes that Newt Gingrich is running ads on web searches for news about Herman Cain in Iowa and New Hampshire with the message "Support the Candidate that can win." In terms of web searches, that ... Read More

Does The Internet Care About Newt Gingrich's Endorsement?

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 28 2011

Three days after Newt Gingrich received the New Hampshire Union-Leader's endorsement by way of a mash note from Joseph W. McQuaid, the paper's publisher, Gingrich's selection sent Joe Scarborough into another ... Read More

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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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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