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A Warning to Hillary Clinton

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I am a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton for president, but here is my warning to her: American voters don't want to be sold a "new Hillary," which is reminiscent of an earlier politician whose handlers invented the term "new Nixon."

Change Coming Soon for Political Consultants

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Whether it is fair or unfair, campaign managers and other staffers are always going to be heavily judged on their wins and losses. Yet just as profitless sales are not rewarded in business, neither should winning campaigns in a way that either sacrifices a candidate's good name or that leaves them little flexibility to govern benefit consultants.

Clinton Repeats '08 Mistake

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

There is a growing concern in Democratic circles, which I share, about whether the Hillary Clinton who could run in 2016 is repeating the mistake she made in 2008, when she ran as the inevitable and invincible candidate of a political establishment held in widespread public disrepute.

Paul Blumenthal

What Lies Behind Top GOP Senator's Local Support? Karl Rove's Network

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Steven Law, the head of the Crossroads groups founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, has declared that reelecting Sen. Mitch McConn...

Hillary and Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

By mobilizing the nation's leading thinkers, Clinton could tap the spirit of Francis to propel the next great era of shared American prosperity.

Get Out What Vote?

Scott Levenson | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Scott Levenson

It is mind-boggling that winning candidates regularly assume office with mandates that are hardly representative of the diverse makeup of the city's population. Leaders cannot govern effectively with the support of such a paltry slice of the electorate.

Obama, Romney Campaign Veterans Toast One Another

Reuters | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

By Samuel P. Jacobs WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) - This is a golden era for political consultants - well, except for those Republican...

Dan Froomkin

A Comeback For Nixon-Style Campaign Slush Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secret campaign money is making its big comeback in 2012, playing an important role in a presidential election for the first time since ...

Michael McAuliff

Profits Of Politics: Shadow Super PAC Consultant Kabuki

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the burgeoning, opaque world of political consulting, even clients sometimes have no clue about the identities of the firms handling ...

Ryan Grim

Profits Of Politics: How Much Longer Will TV Dominate Campaigning?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The political consulting industry knows how to do one thing very, very well. Give a consultant a few million dollars and he or she will ...

Sam Stein

In The Age Of Super PACs, Political Consultants Can't Fail

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, had an itch to spend $10 million on an anti-Obama ad campaign, Fred ...

Howard Fineman

Profits Of Politics 2012: Consultants Rake In $466 Million And Counting

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Wisconsin go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to oust controversial Republican Gov. Scott Walker. One result is already ...

No Love, No Money for Nonprofits in Election Season

Richard Walden | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

For every dollar you give a "Pol, PAC or Party," try to match it with a dollar wisely chosen to meet human needs at your most trusted nonprofit.

Rise of Political Consultants: When the Washington-Main Street Disconnect Began

Don McNay | Posted 10.07.2011 | Business
Don McNay

For many years, the two parties were the Democrats and the Republicans. Now I view it as people who depend on Wall Street versus people who don't depend on Wall Street.

"It's About Alaska": A Story of Earthquakes, Norwegians and Neckties

Mark Putnam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Putnam

A grumpy Norwegian fishing boat captain, a Hulk necktie and nonstop rain in an Alaskan village with not a road leading out of town... if you had told me all of this was in my future, I would have wondered what odd dream you had woken up from.

Michael Steele's Latest Big Idea: Hire Paul the Soccer Octopus

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Embattled G.O.P. chairman Michael Steele is reaching out to a slimy German political consultant to save his job and bring the Republicans victory in the fall: Paul, the soccer octopus.

Ryan Grim

Citizens United Ruling A Windfall For Consultants, TV Stations

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After President Obama upbraided the Supreme Court during his State of the Union address, Justice Sam Alito, whose swing vote overturned a century of p...

Live from Radio City - Carville vs. Rove - Thrilla in Manila in Midtown

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Hidary

The fists were flying tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City as James "the Ragin' Cajun" Carville and Karl "I serve as Bush's brain" Rove battled each other in front of a crowd of thousands.