Election 2012

22 people had to approve Romney tweets

Location:
Boston, MA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Aides to Mitt Romney’s presidential team in 2012 are alleging that tweets had to be approved by nearly two dozen people by the end of the race.

Democrats push Obama-quality digital tools all the way down to state House races

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

During the 2008 election cycle, digital wizardry seemed like black magic. In 2012, political cookies were still bleeding-edge tech. In 2014, it's a power available with a few dollars and few clicks.

Comcast, Time Warner execs have been big Obama supporters

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
2

Executives at Comcast and Time Warner have showered President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats with campaign contributions.

Televised Presidential Debates Help Moderates Choose Their Candidates

Location:
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 65211, United States
Recommendation:
2

Recent political commentary has focused on the release of a tell-all book outlining the painstaking presidential debate preparation both sides experienced during the 2012 electoral cycle and how those debates helped sway potential votes. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that televised presidential debates do have important consequences on the attitudes of those who view them -- specifically among apathetic or ambivalent voters.

Media coverage of the 2012 election was fair and balanced after all

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A majority of Americans distrust the media. And these sentiments often reach fever pitch during a political campaign when the news media are accused of emphasizing trivia or being flat-out biased toward one candidate. In “The Gamble,” Lynn Vavreck’s and my new book on the 2012 presidential campaign, we have a lot to say about what, and how, the media did in covering the campaign.

How the Obama campaign won the race for voter data

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

In one of their first conversations about 2012, campaign manager Jim Messina said he told the President that they could not rerun 2008. Messina said too much had changed. For one thing, Obama was now an incumbent with a record. But technology had also leapfrogged forward, with new devices, new platforms and vastly more opportunities to exploit social media.

What the Obama Campaign's Chief Data Scientist Is Up to Now

Location:
Harris School of Public Policy, 1155 East 60th Street University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 60637, United States
Recommendation:
1

By all accounts, Rayid Ghani's data work for President Obama's reelection campaign was brilliant and unprecedented. Now he's at the University of Chicago.

Cronkite Awards Announced

Location:
Norman Lear Center, Los Angeles, CA, 90089, United States
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2

The Norman Lear Center has announced the 2013 winners of its Walter Cronkite Awards for excellence in television political journalism.

Common Cause Outlines Media Reform Battle Plan

Location:
Common Cause, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Common Cause has outlined its battle plan on the media ownership consolidation front. The group tapped former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps, a longtime consolidation critic, to head up its Media and Democracy Reform Initiative.

Obama CIO: Location, location, location (and personalization) will be key to next campaign

Location:
New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Barack Obama was inaugurated a scant few weeks ago but it’s never too early to think about the next election cycle...

Microtargeting has growing influence in political campaigns, says Interactive Advertising Bureau

Location:
Interactive Advertising Bureau, 116 east 27th St, New York, NY, 10016, United States
Recommendation:
2

Data played a big role in last year’s presidential campaign, whether it was used to evaluate how likely a person was to vote for a particular candidate based on his or her Facebook profile, or to project which states would go for which candidate. But there was almost no component of a campaign that was as affected by changing tech as political advertising.

Former Obama campaign staffers parlay innovations into start-ups

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

As chief technology officer for President Obama's reelection effort, Harper Reed oversaw the development of projects such as Narwhal, an intricate platform that linked the campaign's myriad databases and allowed officials to plot strategy with new precision. The heady and exhausting 19-month gig convinced Reed, former technology officer for the online T-shirt retailer Threadless, that he should launch his own venture.

Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?

Location:
Alexandria, VA, United States
Recommendation:
2

1.25 million more young people supported Obama in 2012 over 2008. While the Romney campaign raised slightly more money from its online ads than it spent on them, Obama’s team more than doubled the return on its online-ad investment. But the problem for the G.O.P. extends well beyond its flawed candidate and his flawed operation. The unnerving truth is that the Republican Party’s technological deficiencies barely begin to explain why the G.O.P. has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.

Proof positive: Need to dial back ads

Location:
Atlas Project, 888 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States
Recommendation:
2

As the dust of the 2012 election cycle settles, voters are enjoying their increasingly brief respite from the avalanche of negative political ads that have come to define modern campaigns. Everyone knows that campaigns are too negative; candidates and consultants know it, voters know it and the data show it. Nearly everyone agrees that something must change, but the question is, what?

Study: 3 million political ads in 2012

Location:
Wesleyan Media Project, Middletown, CT, 06459, United States
Recommendation:
4

Television viewers were bombarded with more than 3 million ads related to the presidential and congressional elections in 2012, the Wesleyan Media Project reported.

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

Location:
Americans for Job Security, 107 South West Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States
Recommendation:
2

Pro-business powerhouse Americans for Job Security cannot, by federal law, make politics its primary purpose. But as contentious federal elections and state-level ballot initiatives raged during 2012, the nonprofit organization’s income spiked at least tenfold compared to 2011, a non-election year, records show.

Why it's up to media firms to get more creative

Recommendation:
2

As the noise of political advertising reaches deafening levels, the pressure mounts on media firms to find ways to pierce through and reach the elusive—and fractured—persuadable voter. What does all this mean for the future of political advertising? Here’s how we see it.

How super PACs succeeded in 2012

Recommendation:
2

After the Republican Party and its biggest super PAC and dark money supporters suffered a painful string of defeats on Election Day, the media wasted little time in declaring outside money a dud. But their stories forgot to consider a crucial piece of the puzzle: the role of outside money in primaries.

As Obama heads back to office, a battle rages over the tech that got him reelected

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

In the aftermath of the election, a stark divide has emerged between political operatives and the techies who worked side-by-side. At issue is the code created during the Obama for America (OFA) 2012 campaign: the digital architecture behind the campaign’s website, its system for collecting donations, its email operation, and its mobile app.

Belo Totals Campaign Airtime Contribution

Location:
Belo, 400 South Record Street, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
1

Belo's television stations provided free airtime to 135 congressional and gubernatorial candidates across the U.S. during the 2012 election season through the company's "It's Your Time" program.

Following the cash behind the new Congress

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

In simpler times, when donors were donors and PACs were PACs, campaign spending was easy to follow. A review of a politician’s campaign donations—recorded by the same agency in the same place—would provide the lowdown on all of his or her biggest backers. But in the brave new world of campaign finance, this basic question has become more complicated.

Obama's ad team used cable TV to outplay Romney

Recommendation:
2

During the final weeks before the November 6 election, with polls showing a tight race, Obama's campaign exploited cable TV's diverse lineup to target women on channels such as Food Network and Lifetime and men on networks such as ESPN. The Obama team used the fragmentation of cable TV's audience to its fullest advantage to target tailored messages to voters in battleground states.

Were Obama’s Early Ads Really the Game Changer?

Recommendation:
2

Many post-mortems of the 2012 presidential campaign suggest that Mitt Romney erred by allowing President Barack Obama to “define” him early through an advertising blitz in battleground states. The problem, however, is that there is very little evidence that these early ads mattered much.

Why the US media ignored Murdoch's brazen bid to hijack the presidency

Location:
News Corp, 1211 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
2

So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch's ultimate and most audacious attempt – thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance – to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press.

The least transparent Senators?

Recommendation:
1

It seemed like a startling and politically powerful story. I was looking through campaign finance disclosures, and came upon a striking chart compiled by the respected watchdog group Center for Responsive Politics. The graphic ranked US Senators based on how fully they had disclosed required information about high dollar donors to their 2012 campaigns. The two least transparent members of the upcoming Senate, it appeared, were its fiercest critics of shadowy political largesse by the 1 percent: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. But when I followed up, what appeared to be a story about political hypocrisy quickly turned into something else.

Time to Reflect: An End-of-Year Message from Charles Benton

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1250 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Personally and professionally, this year has been one for the books. In September, the United Church of Christ, Office of Communications, Inc., honored me with the Everett C. Parker Award in recognition of what they described as my “many years of leadership and support for promoting the public interest in traditional and digital media.” This recognition has special meaning for me, as Rev Parker truly is both a personal hero and an inspiration to all of us who fight for a just, democratic society. The Benton Foundation and our colleagues in the public interest community are all guided by the spirit of Rev. Parker as we work to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the benefits made possible by 21st century telecommunications. Also in September, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said that we need to connect the hardest-to-reach areas of the country and the least-advantaged consumers to the benefits of affordable, high-speed, high-capacity broadband.

GOP has lost another key bloc: Silicon Valley techies

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Since President Barack Obama was re-elected last month, Republican strategists have publicly fretted about whether the GOP has lost Latinos, Asian-Americans, women and other key voting blocs of America's future. Add another bloc to the list: young Silicon Valley professionals whose technological skills as campaign volunteers can provide a vital edge in elections.

Before Japan Votes, Mum's the Word, Twitterwise

Location:
Tokyo, Japan
Recommendation:
2

Until Dec. 3, Koei Aoto, the Internet guru for Japan's Social Democratic Party, was busy posting information online about candidates for a coming election. Now, with the election just days away, he is busy excising it.

The Media, Religion and the 2012 Campaign for President

Location:
Project for Excellence in Journalism, 1615 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

A striking feature of the 2012 race for the White House - a contest that pitted the first Mormon nominee from a major party against an incumbent president whose faith had been a source of controversy four years earlier - is how little the subject of religion came up in the media.

Romney spent more on TV ads but got much less

Location:
Alexandria, VA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senior Republican campaign operatives who gathered over beer in Alexandria for a post-election briefing were taken aback by what they were told. A nonpartisan research firm presented data showing that President Barack Obama had far outperformed Mitt Romney in managing the largest single expenditure of the campaign: television advertising. Romney’s spending decisions on advertising look like “campaign malpractice,” said one person who had reviewed the newly circulated data.

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