Archive for September 12th, 2007

Thompson and Romney Mix It Up Over PhonyFred.org, RNC Goes for Blood (and Treasure) Over MoveOn Ad

Online politics has turned nasty, vicious, ugly, brutish AND short…just the way we like it. First off, there’s the throwdown between the Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney over the PhonyFred.org website, which Josh Levy wraps up ably at tPrez. Lots of twists in this one, no doubt with more to come; we get to sit back and watch the fun.

Next, some online fallout over MoveOn’s “General Petraeus or General Betray Us” ad in the NY Times, as the GOP sends out a fundraising email with MoveOn as the hook (apparently, MoveOn is part of some overarching liberal conspiracy — my cabal membership card must have been lost in the mail). Fascinating: a political party founded in the 19th century is using an email list to raise money over the Internet based on a newspaper print ad purchased by a political organization that was founded ten years ago in part as an email list…the mind boggles.

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GetActive’s CEO Prepares to Bow Out

Just got an email from Con/Active headquarters, and not an entirely unexpected one — former GetActive CEO Sheeraz Haji is beginning to transition away from day-to-day operations at the newly merged online activism supergroup “to take some time off and eventually pursue a new venture.” This being DC, he’s also planning to “spend more time with my family,” as is apparently required by law of anyone leaving a politics-related job. Convio was the dominant partner in the GetActive/Convio merger, and it’s quite common for the founders of an acquired company to move on, so I’d actually heard (informed?) speculation that he’d soon be leaving. Haji will still be on the Convio board, but it’s one more sign of the gradual disappearance of a company with which many of us in the online advocacy world have had good experiences.

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Blast from the Past! Online Campaigning in the Year 2000

Since that series on the 2008 online challenges is taking a just a bit longer than planned to pull together, let’s whet your appetites with a little history lesson. I wrote this next article back in the Spring of 2000 for the website PoliticalInformation.com, then a targeted search engine for politics and policy I was helping to start but now a ghost site six years dead. The topic? Using the Internet for politics (crazy talk!), with a panel discussion by several experts as a hook.

What’s particularly interesting how is how little the basics have changed even as the tools evolve. Well before widespread broadband adoption, Web 2.0 and social media, we still needed to integrate online and offline communications, put out good content, give people a way to take part, and create mechanisms to keep in touch with them and encourage activism. Sound familiar?
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