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First POST: Competition

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 15 2015

Obama plugs community broadband and gets the GOP's ire up; the VAN gets an upgrade; CityMart launches in the US; and much, much more. Read More

The Pocket Campaign: Mobile Politics in 2012

BY Jack Harris | Monday, March 26 2012

Toronto mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi canvasses with an iPad in 2010. Photo: Rocco Rossi

The past two years offer several fresh, new examples of how causes and campaigns willing to experiment with mobile technology reported back that they were rewarded with a network of more engaged, more empowered volunteers. Last year, for example, activists fought tooth-and-nail in several states around ballot initiatives and recall efforts. In those fights, often for the first time, grassroots organizers began to ask volunteers to work on their phones and tablets. At the same time, candidates in 2011 local and congressional races took advantage of mobile tools and tactics that had been developed in higher-profile races in prior years, but had now become cost-effective for the small campaign. This special report updates that tranche of examples with case studies from across the country. Each one explores how mobile technology has become part of the organizing, messaging and fund-raising strategy of some tech-savvy causes and campaigns. Read More

Major Dem Software Firm Gets New Digital Services Head

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, September 22 2011

NGP VAN, the purveyor of fundraising software and get-out-the-vote tech for Democratic campaigns and causes, announced today that former Treasury Department digital staffer Mike Liddell will be joining them as head of ... Read More

Field, Meet Fundraising: Inside the Merger of Two of the Left's Powerhouse Data Firms

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 11 2010

Left to be worked out in the merger of VAN and NGP: "Whether Lefty the donkey, NGP’s current mascot will continue in his position, or be replaced by a new mascot, Lefty driving a VAN." Photo credit: Mike ... Read More

NGP+VAN = NGP VAN

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 4 2010

If you're a political data geek, keep reading, while the rest of you can skip over this bit of acronymalicous news: announced this afternoon is that the progressive political software and data firms NGP and VAN will, as ... Read More

It's the VAN, But Mini

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, February 22 2010

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Dems' Data VAN Makes Room for Unions

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 2 2009

Word is the Voter Activation Network -- better known as the VAN or, by those who know it well, simply VAN, and used by many a Democratic candidate to both hold and slice-and-dice voter data -- is buying a new ... Read More