Political campaigns

Political campaigns embrace surveillance capitalism at their peril

Since the middle of the 20th century, commercial advertising and marketing techniques have made their way into the sphere of political campaigning. The tactics associated with surveillance capitalism – the commodification of personal data for profit as mastered by companies like Google and Facebook – have followed the same path. The race between competing political […]

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Political campaigns using SMS, calls to reach voters

Although it is legal for campaigns to send you messages, certain rules must be followed. BEAUMONT, Texas — With Election Day fast approaching, campaign calls and texts seem to be pouring in. Some people have even asked if it’s legal for campaigns to get your phone number. It’s actually legal, but certain rules apply to […]

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Should brands get involved in political campaigns?

Every US election grabs the world’s attention, but this one, with this particular president in the White House in the middle of a pandemic, definitely grabbed the world’s attention. But all most of us can do is grab some popcorn, sit back and see how it all pans out next week, because that’s a decision […]

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Why political campaigns are sending 3 billion text messages during this election

Last week, the Oklahoma State Elections Commission issued a warning about a scam text message claiming there had been changes to polling locations. The phone number the text came from was that of a male escort service. It’s not new. In 2018, two weeks before the midterm elections, Michigan’s Monroe County warned of texts falsely […]

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Political campaigns see a flood of outside money, often from unknown donors: NPR

With Senate control at stake, record amounts of outside money are pouring into the races. In North Carolina, nearly $200 million was donated, eclipsing the money raised by the candidates. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: A record amount of outside money is pouring into Senate races across the country. Of course, control of the chamber is up […]

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As political campaigns heat up, students feel the pressure

This semester, many Emory students have immersed themselves in the world of political campaigning during a pandemic that has completely upended the way candidates run, fundraise, and reach out to voters. With less than two weeks to go, student interns and campaign workers are connecting more on the home stretch. With most campaigns using virtual […]

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The Westchester Group champions fairness and truth in political campaigning

Citizens across America are proving the country isn’t as hopelessly divided as the headlines might suggest. USA TODAY Network reporters feature examples of how citizens are working across perceived divides to address differences between conservatives and liberals, promote listening to neighbors with opposing views, and address issues such as racial inequality and armed violence. The […]

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Diddy launches a new political organization for black people called “Our Black Party”

Months after suggesting that black people should hold their votes “hostage” in the 2020 election, Sean “Diddy” Combs is changing his tune. The hip-hop mogul has announced that he is supporting a new political organization that aims to center the voices of black Americans in politics and promote a radically black agenda called Our black […]

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How political campaigns use your data in elections

In the United States, political campaigns use data on more than 200 million Americans of voting age to inform their strategies and tactics. America’s two major parties compete to use the most accurate data to target voters in various ways, an advantage that has been touted as key in the election victories of former President […]

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From recording videos in a closet to Zoom meditation, 2020 political campaigns are adapting to the pandemic

President Donald Trump may have avoided masks and distancing during this pandemic campaign year, leading to both his diagnosis of COVID-19 and the spread of the disease in the White House. But others have figured out how to campaign with reduced risk. This cycle, there is a lot of expertise, technology and ingenuity for everyone. […]

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Is it legal for political campaigns to text you?

If you’ve received text messages requesting political support for a prop or candidate, you’re not alone. SAN DIEGO — They come while you’re in the middle of Zoom meetings, doing homework with the kids and having dinner. We are talking about unsolicited text messages from candidates and supporters and opponents of various proposals. With the […]