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Webinar: Learn about WealthEngine on March 3

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in CrimsonMarket, The Blog | 0 comments

Are you using WealthEngine, one of the third-party apps available in the CrimsonMarket?

WealthEngine offers Crimson users the ability to identify prospects from their database of high net-worth Republicans.

Tomorrow, from 1-2 pm EST, WealthEngine* will hold a webinar on recent changes they have made to FindWealth 8. According to their email announcement:

WealthEngine, one of the many third-party apps available in the CrimsonMarket.

Did You Know? WE just made FindWealth 8 even better

Date:  Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time:
  1:00PM – 2:00PM Eastern

Join us for the unveiling of our latest enhancements, designed to make FindWealth 8 your own.

With our new Custom Capacity Add-On, you have the power to adjust your giving capacity formula to best suit your market and your tailored approach to prospect scoring.  Not only that, but the Estimated Giving Capacity is now available as an exact number so you can easily integrate it into your processes.

View the details you need with less clicks.

FindWealth 8’s new Streamlined Profile makes it quick and easy to find the information you need, fast!

And we didn’t stop there.

We’ve made Quick Search more powerful by adding in the option to search by data source, providing you with yet another avenue to search by.

Join us as our product experts conduct a detailed demonstration of these new enhancements as well as other changes designed to enhance your FindWealth 8 experience.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about WealthEngine, one of the many premium apps available in the CrimsonMarket.

*The webinar will be hosted and conducted by WealthEngine. If you have any questions, please contact them here.

Crimson + Eventbrite Makes Managing Political Events Easier

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in News & Announcements, Products and Services, The Blog | 0 comments

Managing events on the campaign trail just got easier!

CMDI has teamed up with Eventbrite, the popular online ticket service, to provide a new third-party app available at the CrimsonMarket.

This collaboration combines the flexibility of Eventbrite’s event management system with the power of the Crimson platform. Through the new Eventbrite app, Crimson users can seamlessly import the event information you want to track, such as RSVPs, attendee lists, and ticket sales.

Crimson + Eventbrite

The Eventbrite + Crimson collaboration includes:

• Integrate Eventbrite with your Crimson platform
The new Eventbrite integration allows for easy import of event information you want to keep track of in Crimson. Once Eventbrite is linked to the platform, data from your events will automatically transfer back into your account through Crimson Source Codes.

• Export offline check contributions from Crimson to Eventbrite
Do many of your event attendees prefer to pay for tickets or write donations by check? You can now share that information between Crimson and Eventbrite through a customized API created through this collaboration.

This feature allows Crimson users to enter the check information into the platform with a source code that corresponds to the event. Eventbrite will then pull in that information and update RSVP lists and other data that event organizers can access through their Eventbrite account.

• Simplify compliance reporting
When Eventbrite is integrated into your Crimson platform, all of your data is kept up-to-date and ready for legal and FEC compliance filings. Through Eventbrite’s custom questions feature, you can collect the information you need for complete compliance reports such as employer, occupation, and mailing address.

• Use Eventbrite’s customizable online event pages
Take advantage of Eventbrite’s easy-to-use website to build pages about each of your events. Want to keep the event private? Use Eventbrite’s password setting so that only invited guests can register.

• Share your event on social media
Raise awareness about your event by turning on the social sharing tools on your Eventbrite page. Guests will be able to see if any of their friends are also attending or share the event on their own networks.

• Manage your event with Eventbrite mobile apps
Empower your volunteers, supporters and staff to manage events through Eventbrite’s mobile apps that are available in the iTunes & Google Play stores. Eventbrite’s Entry Manager and At The Door apps allow you to track who came to your campaign events and fundraisers. They also help facilitate on-site ticket sales.

Visit the CrimsonMarket today and check out the new app. Existing Crimson users can add the Eventbrite app to their account through the CrimsonMarket or by contacting us at CrimsonSupport@cmdi.com.

Eventbrite + CMDI Launch the 1st App for Political Events

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in News & Announcements, The Blog | 0 comments

For Immediate Release
February 24, 2015

CMDI + Eventbrite Partner to Bring Best-in-Class Tools to Political Organizers 

Partnership provides fundraisers with seamless integration of event data directly into Crimson  

(Washington, D.C.) February 24, 2015 – Managing events on the campaign trail just got easier for Republicans thanks to a new integration launching today from Eventbrite, the global ticketing and events marketplace and Crimson, the popular political campaign management platform developed by CMDI. Available now as a third-party app through the Crimson Market, the first-ever software integration designed specifically for political fundraising events makes it easy for users to seamlessly import their Eventbrite information, such as RSVPs, attendee lists, and ticket sales, directly into the Crimson platform.

“We are excited to continue our tradition of innovation here at CMDI. With Eventbrite’s integration we now offer seamless financial tracking for offline events through the Crimson platform,” said Jack Simms, Vice President of Product Development of CMDI. “We noticed a real opportunity to improve the overall experience for those involved in hosting offline events and by partnering with the best event management technology out there, we now have the ability to track both online reservations and at-the-door contributions through our product in a way not seen before in the political space.”

“Events continue to be one of the most powerful ways for candidates to engage with their supporters and raise money for their campaigns,” said Chad Barth, Political & Government Relations Manager at Eventbrite. “By integrating Eventbrite’s self-service platform with best-in-class political and advocacy platforms, we are making life easier for political event organizers and helping them maximize the impact events can have on their campaigns. Our partnership with CMDI and integration into the Crimson platform does just that by seamlessly bringing together the best event management technology with compliance reporting and voter data tools.”

Leveraging a custom API, the Eventbrite app allows Crimson users to sync event information when attendees pay by check so that the RSVP list, name tags, seating chart tools, and other Eventbrite features are consistently updated and accurate. The new collaboration also makes it easier for campaigns to gather information needed for FEC compliance filings. Through Eventbrite’s custom questions feature, users can collect the information required by the FEC such as employer name, occupation, and mailing address.

Other features of the Eventbrite + Crimson collaboration include: 

  • Track event data in Crimson through Crimson Source Codes
  • Use Eventbrite’s customizable online event pages
  • Share your event on social media through Eventbrite’s social media tools
  • Manage your event with Eventbrite mobile apps
  • Export offline check contributions from Crimson to Eventbrite

Existing Crimson users can access the Eventbrite app through the CrimsonMarket or by contacting CMDI, the developers of Crimson. For more information, please visit www.CMDI.com.

About CMDI
CMDI, the innovators behind the Crimson platform, is America’s largest Republican campaign finance services platform, providing software and FEC compliance services that have managed more than $10.1 billion for federal campaigns and committees. As a close partner with the Republican Party, CMDI has consistently provided innovative solutions throughout the company’s 30 year history. For more information and other products available to right-of-center campaigns and causes, please visit www.cmdi.com.

About Eventbrite
Eventbrite is a global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. With the Eventbrite platform, event organizers can plan, promote and sell tickets to events of all kinds  – from small photography and yoga classes to large scale concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. Since 2006, the platform has processed more than 200 million tickets and registrations worldwide, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite’s investors include Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, T. Rowe Price, DAG Ventures, and Tenaya Capital. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com.

Webinar: Maximize Voter Data for Your Campaign

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

Does your campaign need voter records?

Does your campaign have an easy way to make walk lists?

Does your campaign have a way to easily target the under-performing precincts from previous cycles?

You do now.

Through a partnership with L2 VoterMapping, you can purchase trusted voter data via the CrimsonMarket and import it directly into your Crimson account!

Next week, L2 VoterMapping will hold a FREE webinar* on Wednesday, February 25 at 1 p.m. EST to introduce you to the features and options available in this third-party app.

RSVP Now

 

 

This L2 VoterMapping basic training will cover:

1. What data is available inside L2 VoterMapping
2. How to select the data you need to make decisions
3. How boundary lines on the map can help analyze your data
4. How to create a universe and purchase data
5. What the basic map and side panel controls can do

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the L2 VoterMapping premium app that is available in the CrimsonMarket.

RSVP for the webinar today.

About L2 VoterMapping
L2 VoterMapping is one of the premium third-party apps that can be integrated to your Crimson platform through the CrimsonMarket. VoterMapping instantly searches and analyzes millions of voter records while displaying the information in real time Bing Maps™ that can zoom in and out of a range of 100 to 500,000 feet. It combines the latest U.S. Census information with registered voter data that allows campaigns to select geographic and demographic information to create universes that can be saved, edited, or broken down by more than 100 demographic variables.

*The webinar will be hosted and conducted by L2 VoterMapping. If you have any questions, please contact them here.

New Contribution Limits Set for 2015-2016 Cycle

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

The 2015-2016 election cycle will see many changes to campaign finance laws and limits.

Earlier this week, the Federal Election Commission released new spending limits for the 2015-2016 cycle to adjust for inflation. Individuals can now donate up to $2,700 per candidate per election and up to $33,400 to party committees for political advocacy.

But this is only the most recent change to effect campaign spending limits & FEC regulations.

Last spring, the Supreme Court struck down the cap that limited individuals to donating no more than $123,200 to all federal candidates and political committees per cycle. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the court ruled 5-4 to end the $123,200 limit on the basis that it infringed on First Amendment rights.

In December, Congress also created three new types of political funds for national party committees in the omnibus bill. Donors may now contribute up to $100,200 per year to each of the funds including:

  • A party convention fund for the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee that may accept up to $100,200 per year from an individual and up to $45,000 per year from a multicandidate PAC.
  • A building fund that may accept up to $100,200 per year from an individual and up to $45,000 per year from a multicandidate PAC. In addition to the RNC, both the NRCC and NRSC are eligible to create these.
  • A recount & legal proceedings fund that may accept up to $100,200 per year from an individual and up to $45,000 per year from a multicandidate PAC. The NRCC and NRSC are also eligible for these types of funds.

2015-2016 FEC Limits

The creation of these funds grew out of the need for both the RNC and DNC to raise support for their party conventions after a 2014 law ended public funding of those events. The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act directed the $126 million that was allocated for national party conventions over the next decade to the National Institutes of Health for research on pediatric diseases.

 

Crimson Feature of the Month: Creating Amendments in CrimsonFiler

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in CrimsonFiler, Feature of the Month, The Blog | 0 comments

Crimson Feature of the Month

Creating amended reports can be a real hassle for compliance professionals. When you are using a live data set to create FEC reports filing amendments can prove difficult since any given report is a snapshot in time. With an active live data set you can never recreate that snapshot since data is constantly changing; potentially creating more problems than solving when amending a report.

CrimsonFiler by CMDICrimsonFiler solves this! Since FEC data is housed in a completely separate database it is not capable of being corrupted by changes made in the active dataset – giving you a true snapshot in time. You simply correct what needs to be corrected in the amendment, ensure those corrections are made in Crimson as well, and file.

Creating an amendment is simple.

1) In CrimsonFiler click the Add an amendment | CrimsonFiler button next to the report you want to amend. The software will automatically mark the report as an amendment and insert the original FEC ID.

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2) Make your correction(s) and mirror those correction(s) in Crimson.

3) Set your filing date and file.

Creating an amended report has never been easier and you are ensuring that you aren’t inadvertently creating more issues.

January 31: The Next FEC Deadline

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

The 2014 election might have happened months ago, but this coming Saturday is the Federal Election Commission filing deadline for 2014 year-end reports.

The FEC’s website has additional information for congressional committees, presidential committees, and PACs/parties.

FEC Deadline: January 31, 2015

 

If you need help filing FEC reports for Republican campaigns or PACs, check out CrimsonFiler and contact us today.

Campaign Data Wherever You Go

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in CrimsonMobile, News & Announcements, Products and Services, The Blog | 0 comments

Political campaigns stay on-the-go, so it doesn’t make sense for campaign management tools to be limited to a desktop.

The new CrimsonMobile app makes your campaign data and reports accessible wherever your cause or candidate takes you.

Download the new CrimsonMobile | CMDI.com

This new native app includes features like Call Sheets, details and directions for events as well as donation processing. Additional features include:

  • A brand new, clean design
  • Improved fundraising dashboard
  • Faster and more responsive features
  • Expanded search options for your donors and supporters

Download CrimsonMobile now and take the Crimson platform with you everywhere.

iTunes

Google Play

Remember, you can also access all of Crimson’s features by logging on to Crimson on any device.

 

Iowa Caucus: One Year from Now

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

Iowa: One Year from Now | CMDI.comOne year from now, voters in 1,774 precincts in the state of Iowa will meet to caucus for a candidate in the 2016 presidential election.  New Hampshire will follow one week later to hold the first primary in the country on January 26, 2016.

FiveThirtyEight analyzed the results of early polls in Iowa and compared them to the final results. They found that the early poll leader has won the caucus five times and lost six times.

An Early Lead in Iowa Doesn't Mean Much | FiveThirtyEight.com

How accurate is the Iowa caucus in determining the party nominee?
Since the 1976 election, seven Republicans have won the Iowa caucus who went on to win the party nomination, including when Presidents Ronald Reagan (1984), George H. W. Bush (1992) and George W. Bush (2004) ran unopposed during their re-election campaigns. In 2012, Senator Rick Santorum and Gov. Mitt Romney both received 25% of the vote, but Santorum narrowly won by 34 votes.

Year

Iowa Caucus Winner

2012 Rick Santorum 25%
Mitt Romney 25%
Ron Paul 21%
Newt Gingrich 13%
Rick Perry 10%
Michelle Bachmann 5%
Jon Huntsman .6%
2008 Mike Huckabee 34%
Mitt Romney 25%
Fred Thompson 13%
John McCain 13%*
Ron Paul 10%
Rudy Giuliani 4%
Duncan Hunter 1%
2004 George W. Bush unopposed
2000 George W. Bush 41%
Steve Forbes 31%
Alan Keyes 14%
Gary Bauer 9%
John McCain 5%
Orrin Hatch 1%
1996 Bob Dole 26%
Pat Buchanan 23%
Lamar Alexander 18%
Steve Forbes 10%
Phil Gramm 9%
Alan Keyes 7%
Richard Lugar 4%
Morry Taylor 1%
1992 George H. W. Bush unopposed
1988 Bob Dole 37%
Pat Robertson 25%
George H. W. Bush 19%*
Jack Kemp 11%
Pete DuPont 7%
1984 Ronald Reagan unopposed
1980 George H. W. Bush 32%
Ronald Reagan 30%
Howard Baker 15%
John Connally 9%
Phil Crane 7%
John B. Anderson 4%
Bob Dole 2%
1976 Gerald Ford 45%
Ronald Reagan 43%

*Republican Party nominee

While history tells us that polling one year in advance of Iowa doesn’t determine much, the caucus has proven to be fairly accurate at vetting who will be the eventual nominee of the Republican Party.

Free Printable 2015 Calendars with FEC Deadlines

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

It might be an off-year in politics, but the FEC still requires committees and PACs to file regular reports. The first deadline is on January 31 – just two weeks away – for 2015 Year-End reports.

To help you remember these important dates, CMDI created helpful PDF calendars covering the three different types of filing frequency:

• Quarterly Reports

• Semi-annual Reports

• Monthly Reports

You can also save this graphic with the dates for all three types of filing frequency.


2015 FEC Filing Dates | CMDI.com

Click here to download a larger version. 

Wondering which type of report to file? The FEC has guidelines to help you.