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First POST: Showdown

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, September 29 2014

How demonstrators in Hong Kong are using mobile tech to route around government control; will the news penetrate mainland China?; dueling spin from Dems and Reps on which party's tech efforts will matter more in November; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Leaking

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, August 8 2014

Are there now three national security leakers?; Yahoo Mail to get PGP friendly; where young libertarian voters may turn; how small donors and online clickers are making politics worse; and much, much more. Read More

Some More About the Grassrootiness of Obama's Second Quarter Fundraising Numbers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, July 13 2011

Joe Rospars, chief digital strategist for Obama 2012 (and the wunderkind who masterminded the campaign's 2008 new media operation), has a post up on the Obama for America blog that appears to respond to the questions I ... Read More

Can the Internet Counter the Coming Gusher of Money in Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 21 2010

It's interesting to see how the Internet factors into the Supreme Court's earthshaking decision in the Citizens United case to overturn a century's worth of jurisprudence restricting corporate and union money in ... Read More

Campaign Finance 2.0: Is the Small Donor 'Revolution' Hype or Reality?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 8 2009

I'm spending the day at a conference on "Money in Politics 2009: New Horizons for Reform" at the National Press Club, convened by the Brennan Center for Justice. Mid-day, I'll be moderating a conversation about the role ... 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

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

Daily Digest: Fundraising Frenzies Upending Close Contests

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, October 20 2008

The Web on the Candidates Bachmann's Remarks Spark Netroots Retaliation: The full fury of the progressive netroots has turned on Minnesota Republican congressman Michelle Bachmann -- and it might put her House seat in ... Read More

After the Wall St Bailout: More Plutocracy, or the Rise of Net-Powered Politics?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, October 1 2008

Monday afternoon, I happened to turn the TV on just as the House of Representatives was voting on the $700 billion Bush-Paulson-Pelosi bailout bill. Watching the split-screen coverage of traders on the floor of the U.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