Labor Gets Out the Vote, Now Shifts Directly to Organizing Against a Grand Bargain

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 8:30 am

The Sunlight Foundation did a fascinating report on “return on investment” for outside expenditure groups in this election cycle, and I hope this scares off Republican donors from successfully swamping Democrats with SuperPAC money in the House elections in 2014. But one number sticks out. Worker’s Voice, the SuperPAC created by the AFL-CIO, had an [...]

The Impact of Foreclosures: 3/5 of Milwaukee’s African-American Voters Cannot Be Located

By: Monday September 17, 2012 1:54 pm

Periodically, I take notice of the impact of the foreclosure crisis on elections. When your former voters get forced out of their homes and scatter, it becomes that much harder to find them and motivate them to vote. Furthermore, the cost of sending out canvassers in high-foreclosure areas to walk precincts filled with vacant homes [...]

The Hype on the Obama Ground Game, and Why It May Not Be As Giant a Factor

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 11:47 am

In a briefing in Charlotte today, Jim Messina expanded on a theme I’ve seen quite a bit of recently, that the Democratic ground game will provide the edge in the 2012 election. “On the ground we continue to see just incredible enthusiasm,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said at the ABC News/Yahoo News Newsmaker forum [...]

Decision Day in Wisconsin as Historic Recall Election Concludes

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:01 am

Wisconsin goes to the polls today in recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state Senators. If successful, it would be only the third gubernatorial recall in American history. More money has been spent on these races than on any election in Wisconsin ever, and as Tom Barrett said today, [...]

Wisconsin Dems Angered By Lack of Support for Recall From DNC

By: Monday May 14, 2012 2:14 pm

It’s more than a little unnerving that, at a time when Wisconsin Democrats could be talking about Scott Walker’s failed jobs record or his assault on working people, they’re spending time trying to pass the blame for potential failure onto the state and national parties. Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — [...]

Wealthy Liberal Donors Opt for Ground Game Organizing in 2012

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 1:02 pm

We’re finally seeing a response to all that money pouring in on the conservative side into SuperPACs and electoral-focused independent expenditure groups. George Soros and other finders have opened their pocketbooks, but they will orient their spending a bit differently: After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing [...]

Obama Campaign Urging Supporters to Tell Congress to Support American Jobs Act

By: Friday September 23, 2011 7:35 am

President Obama stood yesterday in front of the Brent Spence Bridge, connecting Ohio and Kentucky, and asked John Boehner (Ohio) and Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) to pass his American Jobs Act. It was a carefully crafted bit of political theater, effective on the margins. But I don’t think even the President believes it will suddenly shift [...]

Republican GOTV: Voter Suppression Through Bogus Fraud Claims

By: Tuesday October 26, 2010 12:28 pm

I’ve received some interesting responses from my ground game post. Atrios sees positives in the fact that Republicans seemingly have had no coordinated voter registration strategy this cycle, and have appeared to rely on organic changes in the national environment rather than GOTV. Those organic changes probably mean more overall than turnout, but turnout can [...]

Judging the Ground Games

By: Tuesday October 26, 2010 7:27 am

Since 2006, Democrats have had an edge in turnout operations. It pre-dates Obama, and it mainly involves using modern technology to facilitate traditional methods like phone banking and canvassing and data collection. It wasn’t so long before that when the Republicans were thought to have the edge in ground game, in 2004, with their “72-hour [...]

Democrats Hope Labor Turnout, Ground Game Can Save Them in Midterms

By: Monday October 18, 2010 9:55 am

In addition to Republican-leaning outside groups swamping national elections with money in TV ads, Republican candidates in a gowing number of races are individually outraising their Democratic opponents. Democratic campaign committees are letting some races go while moving spending into others thought impenetrable. Meanwhile Republicans feel confident enough about some races to shift spending into [...]

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