CHICAGO — To get a taste for the kind of campaign a record-shattering $171.5 million can buy, consider just one night in early October when billionaire J.B. Pritzker and Gov. Bruce Rauner squared off at a local television studio in the highest-profile debate of the race. A few blocks away, a full-force messaging machine was lying in wait.Story Continued Below Inside Pritzker’s spacious campaign headquarters in downtown Chicago, 14 people crowded around a long conference room table, hanging on every word coming off the live TV event, waiting to pounce. “Pensions!” Galia Slayen, the Pritzker communications director and the night’s traffic cop, called out. “Go!” With that, the machine whirred into action. One staffer pushed out an email with pension talking points to reporters across the state. Twitter accounts for Pritzker and staffers activated, drawing from a cache of 700 statements prewritten for social media, all printed across an Excel … [Read more...] about The Best Campaign Money Can Buy
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After the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama, the Democratic party was seen as the leader in using technology to get voters to the polls. The former president’s campaign team was known for its innovations in organizing, fundraising, and get-out-the-vote tools. The Democratic National Committee sat atop a large voter file, populated with data collected by Obama for America volunteers. But somehow, as we all know by now, the DNC data platform and tools languished for a few years and was not used very effectively by the Clinton campaign to get out the vote in 2016. Meanwhile GOP forces were dumping millions into an effort to retool their ground game. Conservative donors, the Koch brothers, financed a new voter record broker called i360, which augmented the public voter data with lots of original and third-party financial (credit data) and consumer preference (shopping habits) data. The Kochs also incubated new campaign tech startups through their Associate Program. And … [Read more...] about These startups, platforms, and apps hope to deliver the Blue Wave
The Supreme Court a generation ago inadvertently gave ecommerce an immense subsidy. It has now taken it away. Corey Tollefson Published 9:30 am, Thursday, June 28, 2018 Photo: Skaman306 | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Skaman306 | Getty Images The Supreme Court's Decision on Online Sales Taxes Will Reshape Retail - Again 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In 1992, the Supreme Court set a precedent -- Quill Corporation vs. North Dakota -- that unintentionally shaped the future of commerce. The case was started when North Dakota sued Quill, a mail-order office equipment retailer, for unpaid North Dakota sales tax on orders shipped to customers in the state. The Supreme Court, citing a 1967 case as precedent, ruled Quill’s mail order sales were exempt from collecting … [Read more...] about The Supreme Court’s Decision on Online Sales Taxes Will Reshape Retail
By Margot Roosevelt | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 27, 2018 at 10:42 am | UPDATED: June 27, 2018 at 10:42 am Soft spoken and bespectacled, Diana Corral, a 36-year old Orange County social worker, hardly fits the stereotype of union boss. “I love my job because I love helping people,” she said of her work as an eligibility specialist who guides the poor, the disabled and the homeless in applying for food stamps, Medi-Cal heath insurance and cash assistance. But as president of Local 2076 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, with 1,450 members, Corral is one of hundreds of public-sector union leaders on the warpath across California to counter the effect of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, Janus vs. AFSCME. The decision, overturning four decades of legal precedent, outlawed so-called “fair-share” or “agency” fees levied by government unions. The fees, paid by workers who … [Read more...] about Can California’s public employee unions thwart U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision?
[STK] NASDAQ-NMS:ACTG[IN] FIN[SU] SHATO BUSINESS EDITORS:Sidus Investment Management and BLR Partners Launch Campaign to RescueAcacia Research Corporation from Massive Value Destruction and AbysmalCorporate GovernanceNEW YORK, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sidus Investment Management,LLC and BLR Partners LP (together, "Sidus," "we" or "us"),collectively one of the largest stockholders of Acacia ResearchCorporation ("Acacia" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: ACTG), with aggregateownership of approximately 4.6% of the Company's outstanding shares,today sent a letter to stockholders in connection with theirnomination of Clifford Press and Alfred V. Tobia Jr. to the Board ofDirectors (the "Board") at the upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting ofStockholders (the "2018 Annual Meeting"), scheduled to be held on June14, 2018. Sidus also announced the launch of www.RescueAcacia.com,dedicated to the election of its two highly-qualified stockholderrepresentatives.The full text of the letter follows:May 15, … [Read more...] about Sidus Investment Management and BLR Partners Launch Campaign to Rescue Acacia Research Corporation from Massive Value Destruction and Abysmal Corporate Governance