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FEC Webinar: Candidate 101 on Nov. 18

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

On November 18, the Federal Election Commission will hold a Candidate 101: Basics for Campaign Treasurers and Staff webinar from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST. According to the FEC website, this training session, “…is designed to assist federal candidates, campaign treasurers and staff members as they prepare for the 2016 elections.”

FEC webinar

The registration cost is $25 and must be made by November 13.


Will GOP Nominee Be Decided By March 2016?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in News & Announcements, The Blog | 0 comments

Note: This post is an update of the 2016 Primary Map published on August 13. It is based on a revised list of 2016 Presidential Primary Dates released by the FEC. 

With 32 states and five territories holding primaries or caucuses before March 22, there is a strong possibility that we could have a Republican nominee determined before April. The map below displays when the primary or caucus will be held in each state. You can hover over each state for more information.


In addition to the four early states allowed to go in February, 14 states have opted to hold their primary or caucus on March 1, which are shown in the map below. According to the 2016 rules from the Republican National Committee, these states must award delegates proportionally to how the candidates perform in each state.

Primaries on March 1, 2016 |

Month-by-month schedule of primaries in 2016.

Primaries/Caucuses held in February: 

  • Tuesday, February 2: Iowa Caucuses
  • Tuesday, February 9: New Hampshire Primary*
  • Saturday, February 20: South Carolina Primary
  • Tuesday, February 23: Nevada Caucuses*

March Primaries/Caucuses with delegates awarded proportionally: 

  • Tuesday, March 1: Alabama, Alaska,† Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota,† Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming
  • Saturday, March 5: Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,† and Washington†
  • Tuesday, March 8: Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, and American Samoa†
  • Saturday, March 12: Guam† and U.S. Virgin Islands†
  • Sunday, March 13: Puerto Rico

March Primaries/Caucuses with delegates awarded winner-takes-all:

  • Tuesday, March 15: Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina,† Ohio and Northern Marianas Islands†
  • Tuesday, March 22: Arizona and Utah

April Primaries/Caucus:

  • Tuesday, April 5: Wisconsin
  • Tuesday, April 19: New York
  • Tuesday, April 26: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island

May Primaries: 

  • Tuesday, May 3: Indiana
  • Tuesday, May 10: Nebraska and West Virginia
  • Tuesday, May 17: Oregon

June Primaries: 

  • Tuesday, June 7: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota
  • Tuesday, June 14: District of Columbia

*Tentative dates according to Frontloading HQ

†Tentative dates according to Ballotpedia

CrimsonFiler Training Held on Oct. 6 & Oct. 8

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in CrimsonFiler, The Blog, Webinars | 0 comments

With the third quarter of 2015 ending last night, the next FEC filing deadline is just days away on October 15.

If you have questions about CrimsonFiler or could use a refresher on how to file your FEC report, RSVP for the CrimsonFiler webinars next week. The webinar will go over how to use CrimsonFiler for compliance staff and give you the chance to ask questions before filing your Q3 reports.

RSVP here and select which training sessions you plan to join:  

  • Tuesday, October 6 at 11 a.m. EDT
  • Thursday, October 8 at 2 p.m. EDT

CrimsonFiler webinar for Q3 2015 |

Once you RSVP, you’ll receive a calendar invite and information on how to join the webinar. If you have any questions, please contact the Crimson Support Team at or call 1-800-878-6837.


How to Import an Invitees List to an Event in Crimson

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Crimson v2, Feature of the Month, Resources & Infographics, The Blog | 0 comments

How to Import Invitee List to Crimson Events |

Did you know that you can save time and stay organized by using Crimson features to manage fundraising events? Through the Import/Data Entry feature, you use import options to connect a list of invitees to an event that’s been added to your Crimson account.

It’s simple to upload an Excel file with the information about people invited to an event, but before you can add the data, check here to make sure your spreadsheet is set up correctly. Once you have the Excel file prepped, follow the directions below to connect your invitee list to an event in your Crimson database.

How to Import a List of Invitees to an Event in Crimson

To begin, click on the Import/Data Entry Button button on the left-hand side of the Crimson dashboard and select the Import option.

1. In Step 1: Upload File, click on the Upload File button and select the Excel document that you want to import under Worksheet List, and then choose the correct worksheet.

How to Import an Invitee List to Crimson |

A preview of the first few rows of data in the Excel file should appear.

2. In Step 2: Import Type, choose the Event option in the drop-down menu.

How to Import an Invitee List to Crimson |

Then enter the name of the event in which you want to link the data. If the event is not in the Crimson system yet, click on the Add Event button to create the event.

How to Import an Invitee List to Crimson |

3. In Step 3: Map Fields, you will be asked to match the column names of the Excel file with existing fields in your Crimson database.

Note: the column names in your Excel file will be on the left. The fields in Crimson are on the right with drop-down menus.

How to Import an Invitee List to Crimson |

4. In Step 4: Validation, click on the How to Import an Invitee List to Crimson | button to scan your file for possible errors. It will display a result if any occur or display a ready to import result.

5. In Step 5: Import, click the blue Import Now button for the final import. A progress bar should appear to show you the status of the import and if any errors occur.

How to Import an Invitee List to Crimson |

6. In Step 6: Result, the imported data will appear to confirm that the import was completed.

How to Import Invitee List to Events |

You can now access your invitee information from the Events page or download a detailed report from the Event Reports menu to review RSVPs, guest details, and other information.

Upcoming September Crimson Webinars

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Crimson v2, The Blog, Webinars | 0 comments

Next week, the Crimson Support Team will host two webinars on September 16: 

  • General Crimson Overview at 11 a.m. EDT
    During this monthly webinar, the Crimson Support Team will walk you through Crimson and review its most used features and any new changes or additions.
  • Crimson + Eventbrite at 2 p.m. EDT
    This brand new webinar takes a detailed look into the Crimson-Eventbrite integration.

Once you RSVP, we’ll send you the information that you need to participate.

September 2016 Crimson Webinars

Click here to RSVP and select which webinar you wish to attend. If you have any questions, please email the Crimson Support Team at or call them at 1-800-878-6837.

2016 Republican Primary Dates

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in FEC, The Blog | 0 comments

This week, the Federal Elections Commission, released their preliminary list of 2016 presidential primary dates, which we used to create the map below. Hover over a state to see the date of the primary or caucus for when you will head to the polls next year.

What are the 2016 Primary Rules?
In January of this year, the Republican National Committee voted that only Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina could hold their primary or caucus in February 2016. To encourage states to delay their primaries, the RNC also voted that states holding primaries between March 1-14 will be required to designate delegates proportionally. Only after March 15 can states award all delegates to the winner.


Still waiting on a few states
Several states have not yet announced an official primary date including New York, North Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Washington, and Wyoming. New Hampshire and South Carolina, two of the states allowed to go in February, still only have tentative dates with New Hampshire expected to hold its primary on February 9 and South Carolina on February 20.

*Unofficial dates

Campaigns & Elections: Building & Managing Your Digital Campaign Team

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in News & Announcements, Press, The Blog | 0 comments


Jack Simms, Vice President of Product Development at CMDI, penned an article for Campaigns & Elections magazine on how campaigns can build a strong digital team even when you aren’t familiar with the digital world. 

It’s increasingly difficult to run a winning campaign without the help of good digital staff.

A proper campaign will need to start with a website designed to respond to different screen sizes depending on the platform it’s being viewed on and scale gracefully with traffic. You’ll need to manage multiple social media accounts, all with different audiences expecting different content. Your campaign will need to build and manage a successful email marketing program. And your campaign will need to raise money from these efforts online.

Sure, you could try to get by on a few tweets and a static website, but times are changing quickly. To keep up, you’ll need a well-executed digital strategy that increases your digital footprint and raises significant amounts of money online. This will require full-time, knowledgeable staff—someone whose main qualification isn’t that they’ve been on Instagram since 2012.

Read more at Campaigns and Elections

How to Swipe for Donations with CrimsonMobile

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in CrimsonMobile, Feature of the Month, The Blog | 0 comments

Crimson Feature of the Month

Through the CrimsonMobile app – available for free in the Google Play store— you can now attach a card reader to process credit card donations on Android* cell phones and tablets.

Follow the directions below in CMDI’s latest Feature of the Month post to process donations by swiping cards on your Android phone or tablet. If you would like to add card readers to your Crimson account, you can request them online or click here to learn more about the CrimsonMobile card readers.

1.  Launch the CrimsonMobile app on your Android device.

2. Attach the Crimson card reader through the headphone jack. A white box should pop up that says, “Card reader powering up…


3. Touch the swipe_plusbutton  icon in the upper right-hand side of the screen and then select Process Donation.



4. Swipe the credit card through the card reader. If the donor exists in Crimson, the individual’s name should appear in the next screen. Note: Make sure that the back of the card is facing you when you swipe it. 

5. Finish entering the FEC-required information of the individual making the donation and hit Next_icon.

6. In the next screen, you should see the donor’s credit card information. Enter the amount to be charged in the Donation area at the top of the screen and press the green confirm_donation button.


7. In the next screen, review the donors name, address, employment and payment information before selecting process_donation_button.


8. You should then see a confirmation message that the donation was successfully made. Click on the blue  return_button button to return to the apps home screen and process another donation.


Note: It may take up to five minutes for swiped donations to appear in Crimson.

*CrimsonMobile is available in the Apple iTunes Store. However, donation swiping is not available for Apple devices such as the iPhone or iPad because their Terms of Service prohibit using their apps for political donations.


The State Battle for Campaign Cash

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in The Blog | 33 comments

Right now in the cash race for 2016, Ted Cruz’s campaign is winning with $14.3 million raised according to second quarter FEC reports. Jeb Bush has amassed the most money overall with more than $103 million raised in outside support through his Right to Raise Super PAC. But when fundraising totals are broken down by state, which candidate is in the lead?

Using the FEC’s “Contributions by State” report for the second quarter, four of the 16 GOP candidates are raising the most money on a state-by-state basis.

2016 Candidate Totals by State | CMDI

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Gov. Jeb Bush: 21 states + Washington, D.C.

The former Florida governor is raising the most money in 21 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississipi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ben Carson: 10 states

The respected neurosurgeon has raised the third-highest amount for his campaign with $10.6 million. He’s also raised the most in 10 states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Sen. Ted Cruz: 8 states

The junior senator from Texas has raised the most campaign cash overall and has raised the most money in eight states: Hawaii, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Notably, Cruz has also raised the most in Texas at nearly $14.3 million despite having in-state competition with former Gov. Rick Perry.

Sen. Marco Rubio: 7 states

Bush is may be beating him in his home state of Florida, but Sen. Rubio has raised the most money in Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Home State Advantage

Not surprisingly, Sens. Rand Paul and Lindsay Graham and Govs. Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal have raised the most in their respective states of Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

How much will this map change by September 30?

Three candidates — Govs. Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and John Kasich didn’t formally announce their candidacies until after the FEC filing deadline for quarter 2. In particular, Wisconsin donors appear to be waiting since a total of only $58,063 has been given to all 2016 candidates in the state.



Infographic: Who’s Running for President in 2016?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Resources & Infographics, The Blog | 0 comments

With 15 (now 16) Republicans and 5 Democrats official running for president in 2016, it can get confusing trying to keep up with all of the candidates and when they entered the race. CMDI created this infographic as a quick resource to help you remember.

Click here to see a larger version.

Note: The infographic was updated on July 21, 2015 to include Gov. John Kasich’s announcement.

2016 Presidential Candidates | @CMDI