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5 Biggest Issues for the 2012 Presidential Election

5 Biggest Issues for the 2012 Presidential Election | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
The economy, Iran, and Super PACs will all weigh heavily on this election.

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Primary Elections Explained

How primaries, caucuses, super delegates and more work in US Primary Elections. **NEW: T-Shirts now for sale!** Help support making more videos: http://goo.g...

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US election 2012: the electoral college explained - Telegraph

US election 2012: the electoral college explained  - Telegraph | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans voted for BArack Obama as president on Tuesday, but he was in practice be chosen by an electoral college, the somewhat baffling and Byzantine system unique to the United States.

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Chris O'Donnell's curator insight, October 16, 2013 5:18 AM

A basic explanation of how the Electoral College works. This article also includes interesting linked documents to changinh voting behaviour and the use of Twitter in elections.

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Some Thoughts on Recent Fed Policy at the LSE Blog

Some Thoughts on Recent Fed Policy at the LSE Blog | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
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The LSE has a new blog on American politics and policy and they kindly asked me to be one of the first set of contributors.

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Might be a deeper thought into presidnetial elections. Hate in the Country

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Report: Internal analytics gave Obama campaign edge over Romney campaign

Report: Internal analytics gave Obama campaign edge over Romney campaign | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign was the most sophisticated political organization on the planet, concludes a report by the right-leaning D.C.-based digital strategy firm Engage.

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King of fundraising: Obama leads Romney by $242 million

While the most recent Gallup poll shows registered voters equally split, at 47 percent a piece, in the money race President Barack Obama has an unassailable lead.  In the 2012 campaign cycle, Obama's campaign, the Democratic National Committee and...

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Nov 2012: Barack Obama

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"This page is run by Obama for America, President Obama's 2012 campaign."


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Marc Rougier's curator insight, December 24, 2012 6:43 PM

On Nov 6, Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney (332 - 206. Full results: here).


Web perspective: Beyond the political stake, this post links to Obama's FB page. Super classy pics of a super classy man. Also, his "four more years" tweet broke the record of most RT ever (800k+).


On Nov 18, one of my heros (this is a personal curation) died. Patrick Edlinger was a free climber and a free man. Here is a beautiful video of him climbing (dancing? levitating?) bare hands, bare feet, no rope. Music by Bach. Enjoy, dream, remember.

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More than $1 billion apiece raised to elect President Obama, candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 campaign cycle

More than $1 billion apiece raised to elect President Obama, candidate Mitt Romney in 2012 campaign cycle | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it

by KRISTEN A. LEE (Daily News)

 

Call them the $1 billion men.

 

The final fundraising tallies for President Obama and Mitt Romney each topped $1 billion after a last-minute surge of money from mega-donors like Sheldon Adelson.

 

Final campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show that the 2012 election broke the $2 billion mark to become the most expensive presidential race in American history.

Mitt Romney’s donors alone gave nearly $86 million to bolster his losing campaign in its final weeks. That included $33 million to pro-Romney political action committees from Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul.

 

In total, Adelson and his wife, Miriam, poured $95 million into the effort to elect Romney and other Republican candidates over the course of the election.

 

Adelson recently told The Wall Street Journal that he planned to double his roughly $100 million investment in Republican causes by the next election cycle.

 

That goal could be complicated, however, by troubles at his casino company, particularly tussles with the federal government over tax revenues and government probes into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which targets money-laundering and international bribery.

 

The main super PAC backing Romney, Restore Our Future, raised $22 million in the race’s final stretch, bringing its campaign total to $152 million.

 

The Adelsons added $10 million to that final fundraising surge, as well as $23 million to Karl Rove’s pro-Romney super PAC American Crossroads.

 

The pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, took in $15 million in the final weeks of the campaign.

 

Although the massive haul didn’t get Romney into the White House, his national finance chairman, Spencer Zwick, still declared a victory, describing the fundraising effort as “the most successful in Republican Party history.”


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Obama's election team takes data mining to Las Vegas

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President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign proved a landmark moment in political data mining — Obama's team ran non-stop simulations based on poll data and used the information they'd...

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President Obama, the compassion candidate - The Washington Post

President Obama, the compassion candidate - The Washington Post | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it

President Obama has begun road-testing his 2012 campaign message this week in a series of speeches that can be boiled down to a single word: compassion.

“The America I know is generous and compassionate,” Obama said in his speech on the debt Wednesday .

At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night in Chicago, Obama reiterated his “belief in an America that is competitive and compassionate,” contrasting that with a Republican Party that “is entirely sincere that says we no longer can afford to do big things in this country ... (that) we can’t afford to be compassionate.”


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Michael Barone: President Barack Obama does not have a mandate - Troy Record

New York Daily NewsMichael Barone: President Barack Obama does not have a mandateTroy RecordMichael Barone: President Barack Obama does not have a mandate. Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Lukewarm.

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The 11th Presidential Election In United States History-1828 ...

The 11th Presidential Election In United States History-1828 ... | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
The 1828 Presidential Campaign would be one of the dirtiest in American history. Andrew Jackson, feeling he had been cheated out of the presidency in 1824.
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The Liberty Swing Vote

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by W. JAMES ANTLE III (The American Conservative)

 

Mitt Romney hemorrhaged libertarian support in his failed presidential campaign. Neither Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap” nor Barack Obama’s record could prevent small-government defections from the Republican ticket.

 

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson received more than 1.1 million votes, a record for the perennially ineffective third party. Not all of them came at Romney’s expense. But an analysis posted at the Daily Paul found that Ron Paul’s 2012 primary vote total was greater than Obama’s margin of victory over Romney in four key battleground states—New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia.

 

It is impossible to know from these numbers whether Paul primary voters cast their ballots for Romney, Johnson, some other candidate or stayed home. But if Romney had won those four states, he would have reached 270 electoral votes.

 

Johnson may not have cost Romney the election—Obama won an absolute majority of the popular vote nationally and in the swing states. But having won 48 percent of the vote, Romney could have certainly used his supporters... [MORE]


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Ten factors that will determine the presidential election victor (UPDATED)

Ten factors that will determine the presidential election victor (UPDATED) | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
Now that the debates are over, the presidential horse race enters its home stretch. With Mitt Romney and Barack Obama locked in a statistical tie ten days before Election Day, both presidential ca...

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James Robinson's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:48 AM

Good factors to use, support with examples..

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This article discussed ten factors that played an import part in who won the election for the Presidency. Some of these factors included women, swing state suburbs, and social media. All these factors played an important part on how different states would vote and which candidate would earn more votes.

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The Trouble with the Electoral College

The problem with the Electoral College in the modern world. 

 

[Clear, engaging video.]


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Romney Campaign Manager Says He Regrets Immigration Stance - New York Times (blog)

Romney Campaign Manager Says He Regrets Immigration Stance - New York Times (blog) | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
Dallas Morning News (blog)Romney Campaign Manager Says He Regrets Immigration StanceNew York Times (blog)But his campaign manager now says that the forceful posture taken against immigration in the Republican primary inflicted lingering damage with...

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Fantastic!!!!!! :D
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Obama, Romney break fundraising records

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WASHINGTON — President Obama and Mitt Romney shattered spending records during their 2012 campaigns, eclipsing $2 billion in fundraising, the campaigns disclosed Thursday.

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Helping to prove how Money plays an incredibly important part in the campaign run. They broke fundraising history.

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US diplomats cry foul as Obama donors take over top embassy jobs

US diplomats cry foul as Obama donors take over top embassy jobs | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it

Former ambassador likens practice to 'selling of public office' as figures show average amount of cash raised is $1.8m per post...

 

Barack Obama has rewarded some of his most active campaign donors with plum jobs in foreign embassies, with the average amount raised by recent or imminent appointees soaring to $1.8m per post, according to a Guardian analysis.

The practice is hardly a new feature of US politics, but career diplomats in Washington are increasingly alarmed at how it has grown. One former ambassador described it as the selling of public office.

On Tuesday, Obama's chief money-raiser Matthew Barzun became the latest major donor to be nominated as an ambassador, when the White House put him forward as the next representative to the Court of St James's, a sought-after posting whose plush residence comes with a garden second only in size to that of Buckingham Palace.

As campaign finance chairman, Barzun helped raise $700m to fund President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. More than $2.3m of this was raised personally by Barzun, pictured, according to party records leaked to the New York Times, even though he had only just finished a posting as ambassador to Sweden after contributing to Obama's first campaign.

State Department veterans are increasingly concerned about the size of donations raised by political supporters who go on to take up top foreign postings. Thomas Pickering, who recently led the investigation into lethal attacks on the US embassy in Libya and represented the US at the United Nations, claimed the practice had become nothing more than "simony" – the selling of public office.

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Oh That Obama. SNeeking People into top jobs. BAD PRESIDENT!

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5Drew Toro's curator insight, October 5, 2016 1:32 PM

Chief Diplomat 


A) Obama is being the Chief diplomat by nomatining the ambassador 


B) I did not realize that Obama would reward his top campaign donors with foreign ambassador jobs


C) I agree with his actions because it looks like he has helped a lot in raising money for his campaign so he probably good at negotiating with other countries.

7Jacob Hawkins's curator insight, March 14, 7:57 PM
A. President obama awarded the people that took job risks  with other jobs that increased their living
B. I did not know that the president could recognize this cause and reward them with such money
C. I agree with what the president is saying because it allows for the people to have something to work for and recognizes them
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The Power of Marketing Personalization in President Obama's Re-Election

The Power of Marketing Personalization in President Obama's Re-Election | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
Obama's Digital Director Teddy Goff talks about how marketing personalization helped power President Obama's re-election in 2012.

Content is king, right? Everybody says that, so it must be true ... right? Well, to a certain degree, it is. But content on its own is worthless unless it's high quality, relevant, personalized, and delivered in context.

During the 2008 presidential election, content played an important role in electing Barack Obama. Four years later, content played an even more important role: With inbound marketing strategies applied, that content was given context. It was personalized. It answered the unique interests of voters and campaign supporters by addressing specific, individual needs.

Because leveraging personalization and context has become so important -- and more accessible -- for inbound marketers lately, I was interested in learning more about just how the Obama campaign approach evolved over the years. So I reached out to President Obama's Digital Director Teddy Goff and asked him to share with us the importance of content and how that changed from 2008 to 2012.

As digital director for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign, Goff oversaw a couple hundred people who collectively raised more than $690 million, generated more than 133 million video views, built Facebook and Twitter followings of more than 45 and 33 million people respectively, registered more than a million voters online, ran the largest online advertising program in political history, built new tools for online fundraising and campaigning, and organized hundreds of thousands of volunteers and events. Phew! 

While Goff wasn't about to give all his secrets away to me, he was happy to share his inbound marketing-focused approach to content strategy and how that approach changed from 2008 to 2012.

The Importance of Personalized Content in Obama's 2012 Campaign

About his focus on more personalized, middle-of-the-funnel strategies during the 2012 election (as compared to more top-of-the-funnel, less personalized strategies in 2008), Goff said ...

"Almost all web content today is personalized to at least some degree, and that which isn't is likely to have a harder time breaking through. We consistently found that people wanted to get a sense from the campaign that we knew who they were and what they'd done for us in the past. Something as simple as dropping in a line like, 'You've volunteered before; thank you. Now take the next step and become a donor,' into a fundraising email to non-donor volunteers, had a huge impact on results."

In essence, Goff practiced what we preach here at HubSpot: Create marketing people love. In the case of the 2012 Obama campaign, people wanted to be involved. They loved their candidate and they wanted to be an integral part of making the campaign a success. And by continuously personalizing his outreach, Goff was able to build a legion of Obama supporters.

Goff's Implementation of the Social Campaign "Dashboard"

Chief among Goff's 2012 efforts was Dashboard, a social tool that allowed Obama campaign workers to centralize data gathered from phone bank workers and voters who had subscribed to email via myBarackOmaba.com -- or who they had been contacted through canvasing efforts


Read more: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/34268/The-Power-of-Marketing-Personalization-in-President-Obama-s-Re-Election.aspx#ixzz2O1LChZIz


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Obama, Occupy Wall Street & 2012 Campaign

The Washington Post reports that President Obama is adjusting his 2012 re-election campaign because of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Young Turks host ...
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Obama FOrced to change his Campaign run by External Factors. (Probably can't watch this in school due to it being on Youtube)

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Campaigns take advantage of unique Iowa law to pick favorable locations for ... - Greenfield Daily Reporter

Campaigns take advantage of unique Iowa law to pick favorable locations for ... - Greenfield Daily Reporter | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
Campaigns take advantage of unique Iowa law to pick favorable locations for ...Greenfield Daily Reporter17, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio.

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OFA Gets Zero Attendance for Climate Change Rally

OFA Gets Zero Attendance for Climate Change Rally | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it

Not a single person showed up at the Georgetown waterfront Tuesday for a climate change agenda event put on by Organizing for Action, the shadowy nonprofit advocacy group born out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, the NRCC wrote in its blog.

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CFP: Comparing the French and American 2012 Presidential Campaigns: a new transnational model of campaigning or two specific patterns? Towards a modern congruence of Political Communication Campaigns?

CFP: Comparing the French and American 2012 Presidential Campaigns: a new transnational model of campaigning or two specific patterns? Towards a modern congruence of Political Communication Campaigns? | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
Call for Paper, Paris June 14th-15th 2013 Conference on Comparative Political Communication On June 14th and 15th 2013, the Center for Comparative Studies in Political and Public Communication (Cec...

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François M. Monney's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:38 AM

The 2012 elections in both countries seem to have taken a different turn: Barack Obama has been reelected, Nicolas Sarkozy not. But have the campaigns been so different? Could it be that François Hollande winning strike has been helped by an unsaid  identical kind of communication strategy? When he advocated his “normalcy”, wasn’t it the same kind of storytelling but with a different kind of story, trying to establish a proximity from the voters? Also, how did French politicians manage to cope with their strong legal restriction of access to media and did it make so much difference from the exponential increase of spending allowed by the 2011 Supreme Court ruling? How come political campaigns in those two countries seem less and less different in spite of apparently non negligible differences? And can some of these findings be extended more generally to other countries and even as a new transnational model, or are there French and American specifics?

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Romney Won Independents, But Not The Election - Business Insider

Romney Won Independents, But Not The Election - Business Insider | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it
A similar trend was seen across much of the country — Romney won among Independents by 5 points, 50-45, but lost to Obama, 51-48. The numbers illustrate why winning the Independent vote in pre-election polls isn't ...

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Mitt Rommney and Barack Obama to debate in Edinburgh – as chatbots

Mitt Rommney and Barack Obama to debate in Edinburgh – as chatbots | Campaigns American Politics | Scoop.it

The American presidential campaign is set to make waves this side of the pond at Edinburgh’s Turing Festival after text-to-speech firm CereProc announced they would be bringing its chief protagonists to the historic city – as disembodied voices.

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