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The State Battle for Campaign Cash

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in The Blog | 0 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

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 are 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.

Ready. Set. Swipe!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

Mobile donations just got easier. You can now use a mobile card reader to swipe credit cards in the CrimsonMobile app on your Android phone or tablet.

All you need to do is download the CrimsonMobile app from the Google Play store and then request your complimentary card readers by clicking on the button below.

Ready. Set. Swipe! | CrimsonMobile


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Each existing full-service Crimson account is eligible to receive two complimentary card readers. If additional card readers are needed, they can be rented for $10 a month or a one-time fee of $100 per reader.

If you have any questions, please contact our Crimson Support Team at

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#TBT: It’s a Jungle Out There for Data Management

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in The Blog | 0 comments

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday comes from a 1996 marketing package that CMDI sent to prospective clients at the DMAW Expo.

Entitled, “It’s a Jungle Out There,” small plastic animal figurines* were shipped in white boxes and accompanied by a green, black and white brochure that said:

The world of database and donor file management can be a jungle. With dangers and pitfalls at every turn…you can never be sure which way to go. Don’t get lost in the jungle. Come by CMDI booth 425 at the DMAW Expo and let us guide you to the best data management solutions available.

#TBT -- It's a Jungle Out There!


The brochure also included other jungle-themed headlines such as:

      • Let CMDI clear your path to our lush canopy of services
      • Rely on our Team of Experienced Jungle Guides
      • Find Your Way Fast with the CMDI On-Line User-Friendly Network
      • You’re King of the Jungle with CMDI

*One of these animals doesn’t live in the jungle.




Crimson Webinar: June 10, 2015

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Crimson v2, The Blog | 0 comments

Want to learn more about Crimson or discover how to use our new features? Join the upcoming Crimson webinar on June 10 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Crimson Webinar June 10 2015

Crimson Senior Support Staff will host this upcoming Crimson v2 webinar for existing clients. If you would like to join them as they walk through Crimson and point out the latest features, please RSVP here.

Once you sign up, we’ll send you a calendar invite and additional webinar information.