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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



Campaigns and Elections: Shop Talk

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in News & Announcements, Press, The Blog | 0 comments



Our Shoptalkers: Austin James, digital director for CMDI, a Republican finance services platform; Brian Ross Adams, an online branding and social media marketing consultant; Catherine Geanuracos, CEO of New Economy Campaigns; and Ron Robinson, digital director for the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.

C&E: Was the Left’s four-cycle digital evolution shaped more by its organizations or campaigns?

Geanuracos: I worked for in 2004-2006 and it was super data driven in terms of its commitment to testing and analytics. We randomized voters and ran real voter experiments — academic-level experiments. We learned so much so fast. It was one of the most entrepreneurial organizations I ever worked for.

Adams: National organizations like MoveOn help develop these sophisticated digital tools, but the Republicans are very sophisticated about using those tools on local, down-ballot races. They’re picking up county judge and state assembly seats across the country. One of the things that the Democrats aren’t as good at is, there’s all this knowledge about data analysis and data, but when you go to these state assembly races, and judge races or supervisor races in L.A. County, they don’t use any of it because the profit motive is behind the mail consultants who aren’t as interested in using the data to target voters.

James: To this day people respect, and in a lot of ways are jealous of what was accomplished [at MoveOn]. Because there is a desire to organize for social change on the Left there was an early adoption of technology and I think that’s what changed everything. The ideology of the Democratic institutions is, ‘We want progressive change and the only way to do that is that you have a one-to-many movement,’ and you have to go have government reflect their ideology.

Whereas on the Right, the mentality is much more, ‘Do it on your own; bootstrap it.’ It’s a one-to-one communication. You go start your own thing and work toward your own success. There isn’t a necessity to change government to move legislation.  On the Right, often times we’re fighting against more legislation.

Read more at Campaigns and Elections

CrimsonFiler Refresher Training on July 1

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in CrimsonFiler, The Blog, Webinars | 0 comments

With the July Quarterly and Mid-Year report due dates coming up, now is a great time to have a refresher training for new and existing staff. CMDI will be hosting a webinar on July 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. EDT to review the steps for filing your FEC report.

CrimsonFiler Webinar |

The webinar will go over how to use CrimsonFiler for compliance staff and give all you the chance to ask questions before filing your Q2 or Mid-year reports.

Please RSVP to receive your calendar invite and webinar information.


New CrimsonMobile App Available on iTunes

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in CrimsonMobile, News & Announcements, Product News, The Blog | 0 comments

Do you use an iPhone? Take a few minutes to visit the iTunes App store and download the new CrimsonMobile app for iOS devices.

Download the new CrimsonMobile iOS app now!

In this new release, we made some stability improvements and performance enhancements. We also added the organization name to the CrimsonMobile menu.


Looking for the CrimsonMobile Android app? Click here to learn more

WidgetMakr New Features Webinar on June 30

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in The Blog, Webinars, WidgetMakr | 0 comments


RSVP for the WidgetMakr webinar on June 30, 2015

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m. EDT to learn about WidgetMakr’s new features. 

The webinar will cover:

  • Setting up customized donation amounts with the Giving Matrix 
  • Troubleshooting your widgets with the new testing mode
  • How to archive your widgets
  • Using source codes to track your widget & reporting data 

RSVP today by clicking on the button below. We’ll follow up with details on how to join the webinar on June 30. 


Crimson Feature of the Month: Adding 2 Emails on FEC Form 1

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in CrimsonFiler, Feature of the Month, FEC, The Blog | 0 comments

Crimson Feature of the Month

How to Add a 2nd Email to the FEC Form 1 in CrimsonFiler

In last week’s Tips for Treasurers, the Federal Election Commission explained how to add a second email to a FEC Form 1 (Statement of Organization).

This might not sound important, but by providing a second contact to the Statement of Organization, the FEC will send all correspondence to both email addresses. This is a good method of ensuring that your campaign, PAC or committee never misses an important message from the FEC!

Follow the directions below to make this easy change by filing an amended FEC Form 1 via CrimsonFiler.

1. Open up CrimsonFiler.

2. Click on the Reports option on the menu located on the left-hand side.

3. Under Reports, click on the Form Type menu button to sort the saved forms in ascending (A-Z order) or descending (Z-A order). It will be listed as FORM1.
Crimson Feature of the Month: How to Add 2 Emails to FEC Form 1

4. When you find the most recent filed version of your Form 1 in your CrimsonFiler account, click on the blue Crimson Feature of the Month: How to Add 2nd Email to FEC Form 1 button to create an amendment. The selected form will be highlighted in blue.

Crimson Feature of the Month: How to Add 2nd Email to FEC Form 1

The new Form 1 amendment will open. Scroll down to find the Email field, add the second email address and check the Email Changed box.

Crimson Feature of the Month: How to Add 2nd Email to FEC Form 1

**IMPORTANT: You must separate the two addresses using a semi-colon (;) without a space. If this is not formatted correctly, the FEC will not add the second email address. Example:;

Crimson Feature of the Month: How to Add a 2nd Email to the FEC Form 1

6. To save your changes, update the Status menu on the left-hand side of your screen and click on the save_button button to save your changes.

Crimson Feature of the Month: How to Add 2nd Email to FEC Form 1

Note: Please see CrimsonFiler: Creating an Amendment on the Crimson Help Desk for more information on which Status options to select.

7. Once the Status has been updated successfully, click on the blue blue_save_button button that will appear in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

8. Your browser window should refresh and display the changes you made to the amended Form 1.

9. Now that you’ve added the two email addresses to your Form 1 amendment, you can Generate your report in Step 2: Generate and Upload it to the FEC in Step 3: File.

Note: Please see CrimsonFiler: Creating an Amendment in the Crimson Help Desk for the exact steps for filing an amendment.