NGP VAN: Looking Towards the Future of Elections

Let’s talk about the ways in which technology is playing a more and more important role in politics. From Trump’s infamous twitter account to the hordes of platforms that politicians are using to target potential voters, politics is changing with technology. It’s not really a good or bad thing, it’s more of a necessity. Politicians need to keep up or they are going to get left behind. A great example of this is the Democrats consistent use of NGP VAN.

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NGP VAN played a major role in Obama’s election and re-election campaign efforts. The digital platform that is used for campaigning efforts has seen major changes since the days of Obama, but it’s presence was still massive during the Obama election. For Democrats, the use of NGP VAN started as a necessity to combat Mitt Romney’s use of ORCA (a platform that would eventually fail on election day, unfortunately). NGP VAN may have started off as a necessity, but it quickly became the Democrats most powerful tool for campaigning in the digital age.

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It’s all too important to utilize digital tools correctly and frequently if you are running a campaign platform, NGP VAN has the tools to accomplish this if you are a Democrat of course. Hustle, a startup out of San Fransisco, was recently acquired by NGP. Hustle is a peer-to-peer platform that played a role in Obama’s campaign and is now part of a set of tools that NGP offers its candidates. That wasn’t the only startup that NGP swallowed, others followed. Startups like SpeakEasy Political were absorbed by the platform. SpeakEasy’s integration with NGP saw that NGP could use targeted demographics drawn from its massive voter data pool to perform direct-to-mail efforts that were less wasteful and more targeted.

 

Overall, NGP VAN serves as an example of how to properly integrate digital media into campaign efforts. We all expect to see it used prolifically in the upcoming congress re-elections and it should serve to bolster the Democrats position in the election. The Republicans need to come up with a response soon, one that is far better equipped than ORCA if they want to stand a chance on the digital front.

 

https://hitechchronicle.com/2018/04/ngp-van-campaign-fundraising/

Adam Milstein Is Paving The Way For Future Jewish Leaders To Make A Difference

Adam Milstein is an activist, philanthropist, supporter of the Jewish people and state, the co-founder of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, and an author on The Times Of Israel blog. He is also the National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), and he supports a wide range of organizations that serve to make the world a better place for the people of Israel as well as Jews all around the world. He was born in Israel and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He moved to the United States in 1981 and went on to receive his MBA while studying at USC.

Adam Milstein believes that Jewish people, in today’s world, need better leadership; the kind of leadership that helps people to get through the obstacles of the day. While it is true that many leaders have to deal with being isolated and ridiculed, what they do to inspire people can change the world. In the past, Israel and the Jewish community have had plenty of great leaders to choose from. The original leaders of the Jewish state of Israel worked very hard to create a solid foundation for the budding state. During World War II, many great leaders stepped forward, and one of these included Mordechai Anielewicz who inspired the Jewish people to not back down from the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Adam Milstein is pointing out that today the state of Israel and its people are in danger of being eradicated from hate groups and campaigns like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Adam Milstein knows that with all of the hate and division that is being put out into the world, it is important to have strong leaders that can remain stable during times of great friction. In his daily work as a philanthropist, he meets with many of the upcoming, potential future leaders of Israel, and he also works to support the Jewish American community so they can also support their heroes and leaders.

In today’s divided world, people like Adam Milstein are doing their best to create the kind of environment where the Jewish leaders of tomorrow can make an impact.

www.adammilstein.org/