Blog Category: Technology News

Aristotle Changes Political Fundraising by Introducing Square to Campaigns and PACs

–Campaign Fundraisers Armed with Mobile Devices and Square Card Readers Now Empowered to Collect Donations via Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover –Free, High-tech Tools Reshape Political Fundraising

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Aristotle International, the leading nonpartisan political technology and data provider in the U.S., announced today that it will help campaigns and PACs at all levels to collect credit and debit card donations using Square Card Reader. The tiny white Square Card Reader device ( ), about the size of a postage stamp, is a valuable addition to Aristotle’s suite of mobile campaign management tools, empowering canvassers and other field staff to quickly and easily accept credit and debit card payments when going door-to-door or at campaign events or rallies.

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Politico Morning Tech: Square, Aristotle Ink Exclusive Partnership

SQUARE, ARISTOTLE INK EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP -- If you’re a campaign hoping to deploy Square readers in the field to collect donations from supporters, you’re now able to do it through Aristotle under a new deal between the two companies. While it doesn’t mean campaigns using smartphones to rake in the dough have to use Aristotle’s software, they certainly can, which Aristotle says will help operatives canvassing supporters to “obtain voter files, integrated compliance software and up-to-date permission-based emails of registered voters.”

Read the rest of Politico’s Morning Tech here.

FEC Reports Reveal Sizable Fundraising Advantage

March 31st FEC filings show campaigns with sophisticated software raised $342,430 more on average
Patent-Pending Data Mining Techniques Powering 2012 Fundraising Success 

Washington, DC ­­ (April 19, 2012) — Reports filed by 1,357 candidates and party committees with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Sunday night show that  campaigns using Aristotle software are doing significantly better in fundraising than those who use any one of the three next most popular products.
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Politico: GOP Faces Digital Divide

President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies have opened up a big advantage over Republicans when it comes to high-tech voter targeting…

… Aristotle, a company that provides similar services as NGP VAN’s for both Democratic and Republican campaigns, has been paid more than $15 million by federal campaigns and committees over the years, according to FEC records.

Its founder John Phillips asserted voter data can only take a campaign so far, plus he suggested Republicans may be milking the idea that they’re far behind to raise money for their groups.

He called it “a tried-and-true self-serving scare tactic from fundraisers seeking to exploit a ‘missile gap’ with naive fatcats.” And he asked in an email: “In 2010, why didn’t the Democrats’ perceived tech prowess yield any results?”

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Data Firm Announces Defense Department Contract

Voting absentee is never easy, but for military personnel on long-term overseas deployments it can be particularly difficult — especially after redistricting. But for those military men and women wondering which congressional district they now fall into, there’s help. The Defense Department has contracted Aristotle International, a political data firm, to help assist service members vote absentee.

Check out the full piece in Campaigns & Elections magazine.

Aristotle Joins DOD to Help U.S. Citizens Vote Abroad

New redistricting lines from U.S. Census play major factor

Washington, DC  (February 17, 2012) —Aristotle International, a leading nonpartisan political technology and data provider, announced today that it will be supplying reapportionment data to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), an organization within the Department of Defense. FVAP was formed to assist uniformed service members, their families and overseas civilians to vote absentee.
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VerifiedVoter: Changing the way grassroots is done

Advocacy Groups Embrace “Extreme Data Mining” to
Prove Clout on Capitol Hill

Emails to Legislators from SuperVoters and FatCats Grab Attention
Aristotle previews ‘game-changing technology’ for separating grass tops from Astroturf

Miami, FL (February 3, 2012) — At the National Grassroots Conference in Miami this week, non-partisan political technology powerhouse Aristotle International unveiled what many representatives of the nation’s most effective advocacy groups are heralding as a powerful new weapon  for influencing legislative battles on Capitol Hill.

The software, called VerifiedVoter™, stamps an electronic watermark on emails being sent to Hill offices designating that the author of the email is a real, live registered voter rather than a computer-generated form letter. The system also flags emails coming from a ‘SuperVoter’ (one who votes in primaries) and a ‘Fat Cat’ (one who has a history of donating to political causes). The new data-mining tool relies on advanced algorithms that mine the Aristotle’s highly accurate lists of 187 million registered voters and 4.4 million political contributors.
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Catching Campaign Regulation Up to Campaign Practice

Campaigns are often frustrated in applying up to date technology for fundraising and voter contact by Federal campaign rules written when John Travolta was King of Disco and the guys playing 70s rock weren’t pushing sixty. At the same time the Federal Election Commission (FEC) often struggles to adapt an outdated statute in an environment of limited information about quickly developing technologies and business practices used by campaigns and commercial providers.

Recently, for instance, the FEC nearly deadlocked and came to what one source calls a “wobbly resolution” to a request by Google to apply campaign disclaimer rules to Google text ads. As of mid-November the FEC was still mulling an early September request to address whether campaigns could use text messages for fundraising: a technology successfully used two years ago for Haiti relief. This is not just a matter of frustrating campaign managers or tech vendors.
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Can teens click away their internet identities to advertisers without parental concent?

Have you wondered how an opt-in or opt-out contract works on the Internet when the person consenting is not an adult?

Most contract law requires a person to be of legal age, typically 18, to enter into a legally enforceable agreement. Minors can enter into a contract but it is voidable until they are 18 years of age.

One should consider parental consent a good first step for a child to give away their rights, in this case their internet identity to advertisers to mine, market and advertise.

This will be brought before a judge in a class action lawsuit filed in California against Facebook for the use of the “like” button.

California law requires parental consent in order to obtain a minor’s consent for using their name or likeness for an advertisement.

Facebook doesn’t do that according to the lawsuit, which you can read more about here.

Lawsuits like this one could result in anyone under 18 having to get their parents’ permission to sign up for Facebook for which a system like Integrity is very effective in ensuring that the parent is indeed in control of their child’s digital identity.

Michael Bolcerek
Senior Vice President of Business Development for Integrity

Keeping Your Website Content Fresh

Keeping Your Website Content Fresh

We all know that the best way to keep traffic coming back to a website is to kee the content fresh and interesting. But the challenge is, how to do that with limited time and resources?

One of our favorite ways to accomplish this goal is by incorporating widgets into our clients’ website content. There are a ton of politically minded widgets available, and many of them don’t cost anything.

A few examples:

WidgetBox has a free app that will let you create your own widget from any blog, RSS feed, flickr account, and a host of other sources. I created one for our blog (posted below). //

OpenCongress has a Bill Tracker widget that will post the most recent status of any bill in Congress.

oc_host_url = “”;
oc_bill_id = “111-h2454″;
oc_frame_height = “219″;
oc_bgcolor = “ffffff”;
oc_textcolor = “000000″;
oc_bordercolor = “cccccc”;

Need some additional ideas about how to keep your web content fresh? Give us a call!

Amy Meli
Director, Grassroots Technology