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Election 2016

The Presidential campaign slugfest on social media

August 6, 2015 8:56 am

The Fox News/Facebook GOP debate tonight is the first big TV event of the 2016 presidential campaign. In the months-long run up to the much-anticipated debate, social media the main platform for debate and discussion about the policies, the goofs, the gaffes, and the here-in-my-home-town [...]

Senate Dems drop bill to toughen political ad disclosures

May 7, 2015 5:39 pm

A group of six of the most liberal Democratic Senators led by Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), introduced a bill Thursday to make super PAC spending more transparent by compelling the disclosure of the major donors behind radio and TV ads. The bill, the Sunshine in Sponsorship Identification Act, would [...]

Mike Huckabee bid joins our Facebook debut stats

May 6, 2015 10:07 am

Governor Mike Huckabee took to a stage in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas yesterday to become one more candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the newest addition to Katy on the Hill’s compilation of Facebook user statistics for presidential candidate announcements. On the day [...]

Carson tops Fiorina in Facebook chatter

May 5, 2015 6:49 am

Yesterday’s two Republican presidential announcements lit up timelines all across Facebook as supporters, detractors and kibitzers chatted up Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Carson’s announcement brought 847,000 people to Facebook to chat about the candidate, generating 1.5 million [...]

Bernie Sanders for president—how he stacks up on Facebook

May 1, 2015 8:05 am

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced his challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential nomination in a  news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, April 30. On the day of the announcement, 592,000 Facebookers generated 1.2 million interactions (likes, posts, [...]

It’s time for Mad Men politics

April 8, 2015 11:25 am

Politics has been obsessed with digital strategies, but campaigns may need to develop a new infatuation as candidates head into 2016. Digital and big data campaign tactics have dominated the running of every political contender ever since the Obama campaign’used digital and social media in 2008. [...]