Technical Politics


A new San Francisco based startup is providing politics with another platform.

In November I attended a tech summit in Dublin, Ireland. I spoke with Matt Mahan and James Windon of Brigade. A company that is set to launch sometime this year and will give people an easy and social way to take action on issues they are about. Right now the company is still working on its commercial revenue model and Windon, the company’s president says their strategy is about matchmaking, and not persuasion.

“What we’re trying to do is understand people’s political views and match them with candidates that share those views.”  read more »



A San Francisco startup is getting political with technology.

“Our fundamental belief is that the political system is broken. It’s not working for people anymore. We see incredible high levels of cynicism, apathy, low participation rates and a general sense that government can’t solve the biggest problems that we face.”

Matt Mahan is CEO of Brigade. A company set to launch sometime this year that will provide voters with the platform they need to get involved. And it’s an idea that can’t come fast enough for politicians. Only 25% of registered voters cast ballots in the June third primary election. Mahan says that’s a sign that voter apathy is at an all-time high.  read more »

Podcast: The Business of Politics

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The Business of Politics


Political parties are looking for new candidates; and they're searching the corner office.

Right now three quarters of the states are dominated by one party or the other. This means come election season candidates from the opposing party have little chance of winning. So party leaders are heading into the business world to find outsiders to break the mold. And instead of political skills or experience they have guts and a lot of money.

Next year Bruce Rauner plans to run on the Republican ticket for governor of Illinois. He says he has never been elected to student council but does run a large private equity firm and is worth close to $1 billion. He says he calls it like he sees it and can't be bribed or intimidated.  read more »

Social Campaigns


It's election season in Japan; and the candidates are getting extra social.

When you're hoping to get noticed by hiring managers or voters a little extra effort can go a long way. So in order to stand out Japanese politicians are venturing into the world of cyber space. That comes after a legal change allowing social media in campaigns and giving politicians permission to set up Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The current prime minister is jumping into the action with a game for smartphones staring him as a character that leaps and jumps his way through various adventures. As players make it to different levels they rack up points gaining access to information about the prime minister.  read more »

A Political Foul


The Republican National Committee preaches lower taxes and less government spending. But their own spending habits are now a hot topic on political talk shows.

The RNC is working to recoup about $2,000 from a vendor it says charged the committee to entertain some contributors at a strip club. The committee says several members of their Young Eagles group had been in Los Angeles for a meeting and while there, visited a club known for its topless dancers and bondage outfits. The $2,000 bill was added to this month’s financial disclosure report and caught the attention of a conservative political blog site. They have since fired staffer Allison Meyers who was the Director of the Young Eagles program.  read more »

That's Scandalous

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From Joe the Plumber to the Obama Inauguration, it's been an historic year for taxpayers. But whichever way you voted, it was also the year for scandal on Capitol Hill.

From sex to money to sex it seemed every month had its own politcal mishap and things aren't slowing down yet even with the new year right around the corner. Thanks to the state dinner crashers and President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize during a state of war, 2010 looks to be off to a great start.  read more »

The politics of interest rates

The Fed’s decision to lower interest rates a half point to 1 percent Tuesday reminds me of a political story from not so long ago.

Back when the first President Bush was running for re-election against Bill Clinton in 1991, he made a brief appearance before the Society of Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) annual meeting in Washington. The economy was in terrible shape, and the Clinton camp was making full use of its now famous line, “It’s the economy stupid.” But President Bush was busy blaming the Fed for keeping interest rates too high. (He later blamed Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan for his eventual defeat.)  read more »

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