Welcome to the Money in Politics Podcast, hosted by Andrew Blumenfeld! Join us for interesting conversations and takes on one of the most significant and misunderstood elements of our political system: money. You will hear from a variety of perspectives-- such as professional fundraisers, major donors, compliance experts, candidates and their campaigns, and the leaders of some of the most influential organizations in Democratic politics. If you work in or around politics- or just care about the health of our democracy!- this podcast is for you. Do you have a question about the podcast or want to recommend a topic for future episodes? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Season 2 Finale
In what feels like a lifetime ago, we launched season two of the Money in Politics podcast in the summer of 2020. Since then, we have spoken with record-setting fundraisers, political journalists, Joe Biden's pollster and his senior media advisor, lobbyists, opposition researchers, and those keeping an eye on both how politicians use campaign funds and corporate political giving. In today's Season 2 finale of the Money in Politics podcast, Andrew reflects on a great season and provides some reflections on the role money played this cycle, and what the future might bring. Though we will be on a brief hiatus, Season Three is right around the corner! In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Do you know a topic we should be discussing, or a person we should be discussing it with? Shoot us an email at email@example.com
Corporate Money in Politics
The issue of corporate political giving is a fairly persistent topic in campaign finance these days, but it took on renewed interest in the wake of the insurrection on Capitol Hill on January 6th. In the aftermath, corporations, ranging from Airbnb to...
Money in Data
Technology is increasingly becoming available to campaigns that want to leverage the power of data and machine learning to give them the insights necessary to win a modern campaign. By analyzing millions of data points, software is able to detect patterns and insights that campaigns can use to decide where to spend their money, how to organize their field operation, and make other critical decisions. Max Wood is the founder of Deck, a company that leverages the power of data science to help Democrats predict who is likely to vote, who they will likely support, and what campaigns can do to win their races. Max joins the Money in Politics podcast to share how campaigns are maximizing the impact of data to gain a competitive edge.
Money in Messaging
The 2020 elections demonstrated, once again, that you can have all the money in the world and still not win. There are many factors that influence the outcome of an election, and while having enough money to bring your message to all of your potential voters is certainly key, the nature of your messaging and the overarching strategy behind it is equally as important as its proliferation. John Rowley is the founder of Counterpoint Messaging, a company focused on political and advocacy campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. He has worked on over 500 campaigns in 47 states, and those campaigns have a winning record of 91%. John joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss how campaigns should be thinking about their messaging in an era of increasingly crowded candidate fields and media landscapes.
Spending on Digital Media
A large and ever-growing piece of a campaign's budget is spent on digital advertising. While we have talked before on the podcast about the efficacy of using digital ads to fundraise, we've only scratched the surface on the other side of that digital ad spend: all the dollars that are put behind digital ads meant to persuade voters and get out the vote. Megan Clasen is the Senior Vice President of Digital at GMMB, a PR and communications firm in DC that works with candidates up and down the ballot, and she recently served as a senior paid media advisor to the Biden for President campaign. Megan joins the Money in Politics podcast to give her take on some of the digital lessons from the 2020 cycle and the incredible amounts of money that was spent to target voters with digital ads.
Media + Money + Politics
The media plays an important role in our politics and the quantity and nature of media coverage a campaign receives can dramatically impact their ability to successfully fundraise. But that is merely one of the many ways that the media, money, and politics, all intersect. Michael Hardaway was a fundraiser on some of Barack Obama’s earliest campaigns, and is now the founder of a media startup called Hardaway Wire, which provides “intelligence briefings" to their membership on the major political issues of the day. Michael joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss how significant financial decisions in business can be influenced by politics, and how the media can shape these high stakes decisions through their accurate- or not so accurate- reporting of the policymaking process.