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Clearing the Cache: Palin's Facebook Pals Soar

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, July 6 2009

U.S. bloggers like WhiteHouse.gov. A lot more than a year ago, Morningside Analytics shows (with pretty pictures, too). Read More

Counting Heads, Not Dollars: A New Campaign Finance Context

BY Editors | Thursday, December 18 2008

(Laura is the deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Social Justice at New York University Law School. We're thrilled to have her analysis of how we should best think about a critical ... Read More

Daily Digest: Reconsidering the Revolution's Small-Donor Base

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 25 2008

Small Donations, Mid-Sized Donors, and Obama's Cash "Revolution": A much-discussed new report from the Campaign Finance Institute looks at Barack Obama's fundraising records and calls into question what it ... Read More

Obama's Donor Base: A Partial Revolution, At Best

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 24 2008

Jose Vargas rightly got a lot of attention last week for the stunning numbers he was given by the Obama internet team about their online success. As he reported: "3 million donors made a total of 6.5 million donations ... Read More

The Big Number: Half a Billion

BY Editors | Thursday, November 20 2008

The Washington Post is out tonight with the really big numbers on the Obama campaign's success online. Here's the, er, money graf: In an exclusive interview with The Post, members of the vaunted Triple O, Obama's online ... Read More

Dog Whistles, Community Organizing and Online Fundraising [UPDATED--Obama on Track to Raise $10M By Tonight]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, September 4 2008

Online fundraising seems to work best when underlying receptivity to a message combines with a sense of urgency. Thus, last week, immediately after John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his VP pick, his campaign received ... Read More

Daily Digest: "Loud Anomaly" or Dem Base?

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, July 15 2008

Do the netroots -- a term now embraced by Merriam-Webster -- represent the Democratic party base or a small but vocal minority?; the DNC announces plans for a new online platform-crafting site much like the RNC's ... Read More

Obama Drops Out of Public Financing; Announces By Email/YouTube

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 19 2008

This morning, the Obama campaign sent out an email to its supporters urging them to watch an "important announcement" that "he wanted you to hear first." The news? As expected by many observers, Obama has decided to opt ... Read More

Political Implications of the Cognitive Surplus

BY Luigi Montanez | Thursday, May 8 2008

A new meme is spreading around the Tubes, and it’s a good one. Clay Shirky, part sociologist and part technologist, has coined the term “Cognitive Surplus”. Shirky, the author of the must-read Here ... Read More

Allegations of Online Fundraising Success Need Proof

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 24 2008

Yesterday, something like $15 million to $20 million allegedly was donated to the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns online. We don't really know for sure. Read More