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Republican FTC nominee an expert on Google

September 12, 2012 Joshua Wright, the conservative George Mason University law professor and economist appointed by President Obama to a Republican seat on the Federal Trade Commission, is known to both supporters and ideological opponents as one of the top antitrust scholars of his generation. He's also known for his work on the...

How candidates are selling the hashtag election

September 11, 2012 The 2012 party conventions were a kind of coming-out party for Twitter as a political advertising platform. Over the course of the conventions, both presidential campaigns, the Republican National Committee, and the Republican-leaning super PAC Americans for Prosperity shelled out an estimated $120,000 each for a Promoted Trend--a phrase or...

Obama, Romney in hashtag battle on Twitter

September 7, 2012 Obama for America is getting into the Twitter ad wars. In advance of President Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, the campaign has purchased its first Promoted Trend on Twitter. A Promoted Trend is an ad unit that gives prominence to a Twitter hashtag by putting...

Obama app links Facebook friends to voter lists

September 6, 2012 The Obama campaign is looking to increase voter registration and stimulate turnout with an app that lets Facebook users match their social-network contacts with voter files. A link to the app was distributed on Tuesday night by the official Barack Obama Twitter account. Democratic activists can also access a service...

Twitter: The 140-character news cycle dominates conventions

September 5, 2012 The emergence of Twitter as a kind of first draft of campaign journalism appears to be the signal digital change for both the political parties and the candidates in 2012, according to a panel of social-media experts assembled by National Journal and The Atlantic at the Democratic National Convention in...

Obama’s 50-state Twitter campaign

September 5, 2012 The social-media audience advantage President Obama enjoys over his challenger is so wide that it led the Pew Research Center to conclude in August that the Democrats have a “substantial lead” on Facebook and Twitter. But the topline numbers of Obama’s following—28 million likes on Facebook, compared with 6.2 million...

Is Facebook yesterday's news in the presidential race?

September 3, 2012 On Facebook, the likability gap between President Obama and Mitt Romney isn’t a matter of perception; it’s real. Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan combined have fewer than one-third of the 28 million Facebook “likes” that go to President Obama. The bigger question is whether these numbers matter. Facebook...

Wireless industry puts out text donation guidelines

August 29, 2012 The wireless industry association CTIA issued guidelines on Wednesday for the processing of text message-based contributions to political candidates, committees and political parties. The Federal Election Commission approved the use of mobile phone donations in June and recently addressed lingering industry concerns. These SMS-based shortcode donations got their first high...

Tax policy and low regulation drives tech innovation for Romney backers

August 29, 2012 Technology innovation in the United States will be driven by corporate tax reform and reduced regulation, according to a panel of prominent Republicans at a Republican National Convention event hosted by Bloomberg and Google on Wednesday. The panel was convened to discuss how government might create policies to encourage investment...

Romney woos tech sector with small government approach

August 29, 2012 Mitt Romney doesn’t have the same enthusiastic backing in Silicon Valley that President Obama has. But the Republican is trying to make inroads in the tech world by pitching tax and regulatory policies that he says are more aligned with the industry’s interests. The contrast between the candidates is striking...

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