Election 2014

Secret donors fuel Democratic political powerhouse

Location:
Center for Public Integrity, 910 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

Democratic Party-aligned “dark money” powerhouse Patriot Majority USA collected half of the $30 million it raised in 2014 from five anonymous donors, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of a new tax filing from the group.

Political ads overwhelm news on local TV

Location:
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Recommendation:
1

During the final two months of 2014's election, television viewers in the tri-state Philadelphia (PA) area were barraged during news broadcasts with four times as much political advertising as actual news about the campaign. And when the story roster is stripped down to those about issues as opposed to who's ahead or what the candidates were doing today, the stat is truly chilling.

Local TV's Best Friend? The Kochs

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Koch brothers are planning to spend $889 million on the 2016 political campaign. It can be forgiven that owners of local television stations see the partisan zeal of the Kochs and other politically engaged billionaires as a great gift from heaven, or at least from the US Supreme Court.

Final Tally: 2014's Midterm Was Most Expensive, With Fewer Donors

Location:
Center for Responsive Politics, 1101 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20005-5635, United States
Recommendation:
1

The 2014 election was the most expensive midterm election in history, costing a grand total of $3.77 billion. But for the first time since 1990, fewer Americans donated money in this midterm election than the one before. Simply put, more money went into the system, but fewer people provided it.

Twitter's top political moments of 2014

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
1

#BringBackOurGirls, #TanSuit and the @CIA were some of the top U.S. government and political moments on Twitter in 2014. Twitter determined the top moments of the year based on popularity and impact.

Telecoms bet on congressional rookies

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have donated heavily to incoming members of Congress, cultivating early relationships with the next generation of lawmakers and surpassing the efforts of Internet companies like Google and Facebook, which are just beginning to up their game in Washington.

Democrats and Republicans Attempt Twitter End-Run Around Campaign Finance Laws

Location:
Campaign Legal Center, 215 E Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Republican and Democratic Parties used Twitter feeds to secretly communicate ad buy and polling information to outside groups prohibited from coordinating their spending with parties.

Post-Election, Campaigns Try to Link Targeted Ads to Actual Votes

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Political campaigns, parties and consulting firms are digging through the rubble of the midterm elections to see what did and didn't work. Of particular interest: figuring out if the people they targeted with digital ads actually voted.

How the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws

Location:
GOP, 310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
2

Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

Here’s how Kasich's big win cost Scripps $10 million

Location:
E.W. Scripps, 312 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202, United States
Recommendation:
1

Gov. John Kasich's (R-OH) landslide victory probably cost Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. $10 million in revenue in 2014. His huge lead meant the candidates' ad spending wasn't nearly what it would have been in a hotly contested race.

Tech’s political reality: Big money, little payoff

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

A poor showing in the midterm elections taught the well-heeled tech moguls at Google, Facebook and Yahoo a lesson about 2016: There’s a limit to what their endless cash can buy.

How did Facebook influence voter turnout?

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

How did Facebook fare in rousing eligible voters to go out to the polls?

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Yes, Elections Matter

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Although the full impact of the election will not be known for some time, we can take a look at who’s in and who’s out for the 114th Congress. At Headlines, we keep a close eye on two key Congressional committees because of their jurisdiction over many telecommunications issues and oversight of the Federal Communications Commission: the Senate and House Commerce committees.

Silicon Valley tech execs backed a candidate for Congress. And he lost.

Location:
Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Rep. Mike Honda, the Democratic congressman who had represented Silicon Valley since 2000, won reelection, defeating fellow Democrat, 38-year-old Ro Khanna, a former Obama administration trade representative and patent lawyer, by about 4,000 votes. The outcome was another blow to the tech community's efforts to grow its political clout -- this time close to home.

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Yes, Elections Matter

A look at 2014 election results and what they mean for communications policy.

Now We Can Get Congress Going

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

Americans have entrusted Republicans with control of both the House and Senate; here's our agenda.

For the first time ever, there are 100 women in Congress

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
5

The 114th Congress appears to be the first to have 100 female members.

In Gov Quinn, tech found one of its strongest allies

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
1

Sure Gov Pat Quinn (D-IL) will be missed by labor, but the tech community also counted the governor as a major ally. He wrote checks that helped turn some of Chicago's most high-profile tech projects, such as 1871 and UI Labs, into realities.

7 Colorado communities just voted themselves the right to build their own broadband

Location:
Boulder, CO, United States
Recommendation:
4

Voters in seven cities and counties in Colorado voted to free their local governments to offer Internet service.

Riding Wave of Discontent, GOP Takes Senate

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
4

Resurgent Republicans took control of the Senate, expanded their hold on the House, and defended some of the most closely contested governors’ races, in a repudiation of President Barack Obama that will reorder the political map in his final years in office.

With Udall’s defeat, NSA reformers lose an ally on the inside

Location:
CO, United States
Recommendation:
2

With Colorado Sen. Mark Udall's defeat, the Senate will lose one of its most vocal, most active and most powerfully positioned advocates for dialing back the intelligence community's surveillance powers.

Chairman Upton survives outside money blitz

Location:
Benton Harbor, MI, United States
Recommendation:
2

House Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) staved off a loss against his Democratic challenger in a race that saw a flood of outside money in the closing weeks.

Election Brings Change To Congressional Panels

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

No matter who wins the Senate in the midterm elections, some familiar faces in key communications committees will be gone.

How a GOP Senate Takeover Could Impact Net Neutrality, Piracy Fights

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

A Republican majority “could bring a chilly reception for any [Federal Communications Commission] effort to increase its role in digital media,” says the WGA East's Lowell Peterson.

Election Day PSA: It’s illegal to share photos of your ballot online in many states. Here’s why.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

This Election Day, feel free to tell Facebook you voted. Get that jaunty little voting hat on Tumblr. Tweet it on the #election2014 hashtag. But unless you live in Wyoming, North Dakota or a small handful of other states, do not, for the love of democracy, share a photo of your ballot on social media.

Net neutrality was the biggest tech issue of the year. But nobody campaigned on it.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

I argued that the expanding role of technology in people's daily lives has made tech policy a more relevant and viable campaign issue in the 21st century election cycle. Looking back now on this midterm cycle, however, it's clear that I was completely, totally off-base. Flat-out wrong, even.

Death by Data

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
1

As politics has gotten more scientific, the campaigns have gotten worse, especially for the candidates who over-rely on these techniques.

Midterm ad blitz marks new era in political spending

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

For months, a billion-dollar ad blitz has flooded the airwaves here and in other closely contested states leading up to the midterm election, another sign that the nation has entered a new era in political spending driven less by candidates and more by outside groups and their deep-pocketed donors.

Facebook and Google Have Their Own Get-Out-the-Vote Messages

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Facebook wants its users in the United States to vote this Election Day -- and it plans to put a reminder Nov 4 at the top of the news feed of each of its American users of voting age. Google is displaying state-specific details when people use search phrases such as “register to vote” or “how do I vote.”

Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014

Location:
Pew Internet & American Life Project, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cell phones and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasingly prominent role in how voters get political information and follow election news, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center.

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