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The non-partisan Digital Politics Podcast with Karen Jagoda explores political and advocacy campaign best practices, new technologies and innovative approaches to voter engagement, fundraising, ground game strategies, cross-media advertising, using social media to promote and persuade, and getting out the vote. Since 2007, this show has spotted trends and interviewed strategists on the campaign trail as well as candidates, elected officials, and solutions providers who are bringing new tools ...
 
Commonwealthy trains candidates and activists who understand the benefits of smaller limited government to win elections. With over 500,000 elected offices in America it is vital for liberty leaning people to step up and run for state and local office. Political candidate coach, John Tsarpalas interviews experts from the many areas of political campaigns. Every week another step in the campaign process or ideas for activism are presented. From fundraising to polling, to the basic soul search ...
 
A show for Republican campaign professionals by campaign professionals. We discuss the nuts & bolts of how to run a political campaign, best practices, tips, and breaking news about campaign management, fundraising, FEC compliance, and fundraising. Whether you are working on your first campaign or a seasoned veteran, Advisory Opinions will help you stay on top of what you need to know in the chaotic world of elections and politics. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are those o ...
 
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Today on the show we speak to Wesley Smith, the Vice President for Policy and Public Affairs at Western Governors University. Western Governors University (WGU) is an online university where students can earn an affordable, accredited, career-focused college degree at an accelerated pace. WGU was born at a meeting of the Western Governors' Associat…
 
Loren Merchan is Partner and President at Authentic, a digital consulting and fundraising company working with Democratic and Progressive campaigns. Loren emphasizes the need for buy-in from campaigns and committees that digital is an important persuasion investment and not just an extension of traditional media. We talk about: Why digital experts …
 
Gary Ginsberg is the author of the New York Times Best Seller First Friends - The Powerful, Unsung (and Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents. Gary grew up in Buffalo New York, home to two US presidents. A lawyer by training, he has spent his professional career at the intersection of media, politics, and law. He worked for the Clinton admini…
 
Michael D. Cohen, Ph.D. is CEO of Cohen Research Group, a leading political, public affairs, and corporate research firm. He publishes the pioneering and award-winning Congress in Your Pocket suite of mobile apps and teaches graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University on research methods, digital strategy, political campaigns, and public policy. H…
 
Matthew McKnight is the Chief Commercial Officer of Ginkgo Bioworks. Headquartered in Boston, Ginkgo Bioworks uses the most advanced technology on the planet—biology—to grow better products. The company’s cell programming platform is enabling the growth of biotechnology across diverse markets, from food to fragrance to pharmaceuticals. Ginkgo is al…
 
Sean Duggan is VP of Advertising SXM Media with a focus on government, political, and advocacy clients. We talk about Surprises and trends from the 2021 primary race for Governor of Virginia and the California Governor Recall effort How campaigns are increasingly using audio ads, pivoting now to early persuasion, and planning for the final GOTV Eff…
 
Howard Franklin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ohio River South, a strategy firm focused on "the New American South." Splitting time between state capitals and the campaign trail, Howard Franklin has worked across two dozen states to advance the careers and policies of the South’s leading lawmakers. After running a nonprofit for former Atla…
 
Matthew Dybwad is the Senior Account Executive focused on political clients at Xandr, AT&T's data-enabled technology platform at the intersection of digital and TV. Their mission is to overcome fragmentation within the advertising landscape for sellers and buyers by creating an exchange that gets them in front of targeted viewers. We talk about: Co…
 
Debra Dixon is a principal at Ferox Strategies, a strategic advisory and government relations firm based out of Washington DC. As former Chief of Staff to then Rep. Xavier Becerra, Debra’s more than a decade and a half of work on Capitol Hill included supporting the Congressman’s efforts on the Ways and Means Committee, the Congressional Hispanic C…
 
Barrett Thornhill is a partner at Forbes Tate and advises life sciences companies on legislative issues before the U.S. Congress and on regulatory matters before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Barrett’s health care focus includes developing thematic and product-specific strategies in the…
 
David Braunstein is President of Together for Safer Roads, a global NGO actively raising awareness and pursuing solutions to increase road safety and eliminate traffic injuries, fatalities, and near-misses. To promote public-private partnerships and social responsibility, TSR is working with corporations, government agencies, and other interested p…
 
Adam Probolsky is the President and founder of Probolsky Research, a non-partisan opinion research organization that conducts polling and analysis for a range of clients including government, non-profit and political candidates. Adam is also a thought leader. He has contributed to The New York Times, Politico, the San Francisco Chronicle, and MSNBC…
 
Jim Rogers, a native of Demopolis, Alabama, is an author, financial commentator and successful international investor. He has been frequently featured in Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Barron's, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and most publications dealing with the economy or finance. He has also appea…
 
Rachel Korberg is the Executive Director at the Families and Workers Fund, and Naomi Walker is the Director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) at the Economic Policy Institute. They join me on this podcast to discuss the economic recovery from the pandemic and the need for dramatic unemployment insurance reform. We focus on the pr…
 
This week we sit down with Alex Kouts of Indigov - a next-generation constituent experience management platform designed for the government. Indigov has built a modern constituent service platform for government that has reduced average response time from months to a matter of minutes/hours and given representatives unprecedented capabilities and d…
 
Mike Nellis is the CEO and Founder of Authentic, a digital consulting and fundraising company working with top-level Democratic and Progressive campaigns. Mike is deeply concerned about the fundraising malpractices and scams used by Republican and Democratic campaigns to confuse seniors, low-information low-tech voters, and those eager to join a co…
 
Lawrence Jackson is a former official White House staff photographer for President Barack Obama, and currently serves as the official White House photographer for Vice President Kamala Harris. When Lawrence Jackson took the job as White House photographer in early 2009, he knew he’d have a front row seat to history. What he didn’t expect was the de…
 
Tara McGowan is the Founder and CEO of Courier Newsroom and shares lessons learned as CEO of ACRONYM and PACRONYM during the 2020 election cycle about low information and elusive swing voters. We talk about: need to give people more opportunities for a balanced information diet providing content where they are online need to understand the new medi…
 
As a co-founding member of Capital City Consulting, Nick Iarossi has worked on local, state, and federal government policy issues for over 20 years. Recently named by Influence Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Florida, Nick is considered the best in his field representing a diverse client base before Florida’s government includ…
 
Todd Piro currently serves as a co-host of FOX & Friends First (weekdays 4-6 AM/ET) alongside Jillian Mele. He also contributes to the "Breakfast with Friends" diner series, which showcases how Americans across the country feel about the political news driving the day. He joined the network in June 2017. Prior to joining FNC, Piro was the weekday m…
 
This week we speak with Melissa Dargan, a former Congressional House staffer turned tech entrepreneur. She is the Co-founder of TourTrackr.com (product of Appmy, LLC), a platform that digitizes the tour management process for Members of Congress. During quarantine, Melissa also created Congre$$: A Personal Finance YouTube Series for Congressional S…
 
Ben Katz is a political internet pioneer and Chief Architect ISPolitical and concerned about getting beyond the hyper-partisanship when dealing with questions about how to make sure elections are safe and secure. We also talk about: Need to return to expertise in political campaigns. Ben says the traditional gatekeepers are gone replaced by eager a…
 
Jean Becker, the author of The Man I Knew, George H.W. Bush was President George H.W. Bush's chief of staff for nearly twenty-five years, from March 1994 until his death on November 30, 2018. As chief of staff, Jean had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when h…
 
Joe Corbe is the Founder of 1631 Digital and the winner of 2 Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections--one for Best Online Bootstrapped Campaign and the other for Best Online Bare-Knuckled Street Fight Victory for their work with the National Association of Broadcasters to defeat the Ad Tax. As a result of COVID-19 we saw a tremendous increase in tim…
 
Laura Claster Bisesto is Head of Policy & Privacy at Nextdoor, where she leads Nextdoor’s privacy counseling program and is responsible for developing Nextdoor’s global product policy, public policy, and government relations programs. Laura has extensive experience advising technology companies at different stages of growth, including Lyft, Checkr …
 
Don Caldwell is Editor-in-Chief of Know Your Meme and an expert on the growth of memes, GIFs, viral videos, and other digital content that is widely shared and hits a responsive chord. Don talks about tracking Internet culture, the history of the word meme, the life cycle of memes, and how social media fuels the speed of how fast and far memes spre…
 
Michael A. Nutter is a senior advisor in Dentons' Public Policy group and member of its Local Government Solutions team, composed of former local government elected and appointed officials who have played integral roles in city halls and county governments. This group works with local governments seeking solutions to complex challenges requiring an…
 
John Russell is a member of Dentons' Public Policy practice. Focusing on federal advocacy and strategic communications, John worked for nearly a decade on Capitol Hill, serving on the leadership staffs of a speaker, a House majority whip and the chairman of the House Campaign Committee. In his career, John has worked both extensively and effectivel…
 
Ken Fujimoto is the National Spokesperson for the Unity Against Hate Rally and Executive Director at APAPA a non-partisan non-profit grassroots organization focused on empowering Asian and Pacific Islanders in civic and public affairs. We talk about the goals for the rallies that were held around the country on May 15, the sponsors and participants…
 
Wes Fisher is the Director of Federal and State Affairs at the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the national trade group representing the $31 billion US convenience services industry (vending and unattended retail). He leads state government affairs and grassroots organizing across the US and works closely with NAMA’s state coun…
 
Deepak Puri, Co-Founder and CEO, The Democracy Labs shares insights about the use of memes, GIFs and stickers in a time when people have increasingly short attention spans and are bombarded by messages. There is no magic formula for what will go viral but experimentation is key as are optimizing the images to appear on search engines and having mem…
 
Michael O'Brien is the founder and principal of MOB Advocacy. He has more than ten years experience as a state and local lobbyist. Michael has lobbied governors, mayors, legislators, state and local agencies and regulators in more than 40 states. Before launching MOB Advocacy, Michael led the nation-wide state and local program for RISE (Responsibl…
 
Joe Sandler, Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock PC confirms that Federal and State laws regarding voting and voters are just the beginning of the story about how easy or difficult it is to vote. With no national standards for voting and for counting and auditing those votes, mechanisms vary from state to state with election laws often desi…
 
Katie Neer is the Head of Industry Affairs at Lantern, an e-commerce marketplace that facilitates cannabis home delivery. Headquartered in Boston, MA, Lantern currently operates in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Colorado. Prior to joining Lantern, Katie was in private practice and gained in-house cannabis experience as the Director of Government Affa…
 
Bryan Miller, President, Neptune Ops is not very interested in polling but rather actual behavior that is being measured in real time by digital tools available for online ad campaigns which allow for refinements in the message, targeting, and creative. Geo-fencing and targeting at the household level is reducing wasted ad dollars and surgically de…
 
Mark Dober is the Founder of Dober Partners, an Executive Search & Consultancy firm operating in Brussels and around Europe since 2010. Dober Partners headhunts senior communication and public affairs executives for corporates, associations, consultancies and law firms. Mark has recruited many senior communication, public affairs and association le…
 
Sean Duggan VP Advertising, SiriusXM shines light on efforts by government agencies and other interested parties to educate and persuade people to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Audio ads are being deployed across the SiriusXM network to reach those who are qualified to get the shot with broader targeting now that more people are eligible. At the same…
 
Kajsa Stenström is the managing partner of Managing Partner, Stenström Consulting. The company offers advice on EU policy and regulatory developments and provides services to clients from different countries and different industry sectors. Kajsa has more than 20 years of experience in providing strategic advice to clients in the area of EU affairs.…
 
Katie Harbath, Founder, Anchor Change is looking to solve issues at the intersection of democracy and technology. Katie reflects on the role corporations play in driving change, the likely benefit of boycotts by consumers and voters, need for corporations to be authentic and transparent about political and cause related contributions, and how we th…
 
Stuart Thomson is the Head of Public Affairs at BDB Pitmans. He is a public policy and communications specialist advising clients on all elements of their public affairs strategies including political and corporate communications and reputation management. He is a CIPR Chartered PR Practitioner (Chart. PR). His work also includes consultation and p…
 
Kristin Smith is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association, the Washington DC-based trade association representing the most prominent and reputable organizations in the crypto industry. The mission of the Blockchain Association is to improve the public policy environment so that crypto networks can thrive in the United States. Kristin se…
 
This week we speak with Alicia Leahy, the Vice President for Federal Affairs for the Motion Picture Association ("MPA"). The MPA is the leading advocate of the film, television and streaming industry around the world. MPA’s members are Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. In this role she informs Members of Congress…
 
Adam Probolsky, President, Probolsky Research conducted a poll of California voters on March 23, 2021 to get an early look at the interest voters have in recalling California Governor Gavin Newsom. Among likely voters, the support for No on the recall is strongest with women, while Latino voters seem the most receptive to the recall. The successful…
 
We are joined today by Rich Gold, who is a Partner at Holland & Knight, one of the largest lobbying firms in D.C., where he serves as a leader of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation team. Rich provides us with a real-time update on the status of the American Rescue Plan, the return of earmarks (now known as "community project funding"), and the…
 
Mike Cuzzi is a Principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs, a full-service, bipartisan consulting firm specializing in federal and state government relations, public affairs and strategic communications, and advisory services. Mike’s expertise is focused on energy and environmental issues. He is based in Maine and is assisting the firm in building…
 
Rich Thau, Co-Founder and President, Engagious describes his ongoing Swing Voter Project which explores the motivation and behavior of those who voted for Obama then voted for Trump and those who voted for Trump and then voted for Biden. With adjustments for COVID-19 restrictions, Rich moved online to talk with voters around the country about their…
 
Victoria Waddail is Senior Director of Research and Analysis at Cygnal, LLC. She joined the firm following its acquisition of Harper Polling in 2020. Victoria joined Harper Polling before the 2014 cycle. In her current role, Victoria provides expert guidance to clients in survey instrument design, leads the writing and presentation of analysis, and…
 
Poppy MacDonald is President, USAFacts a non-partisan civic engagement initiative with a mission to get accurate facts in the hands of more people. With experience working in Congress and most recently President and COO of Politico, Poppy joined with Steve Ballmer, founder of USAFacts to bring robust, accurate and understandable data from over 70 f…
 
Jennifer Stojkovic is a preeminent governmental affairs leader for the world’s largest tech companies in the capital of innovation, San Francisco. In her role as Executive Director of sf.citi, Jennifer advocates for leading tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, and Airbnb, to build sound policy with legislators across the political spectrum.…
 
Darryl Lucien, Lucien Partners, a California based lobby firm, has insider experience as a legislative director and staffer which he brings to his clients as he advises them about how to pivot during these times of COVID-19 and changes in administrations. While weather and natural disasters will draw more attention to infrastructure issues, it all …
 
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