Running a political campaign can be a costly affair that requires strategy and coordination to be successful at any level. The data collected during fundraising can be challenging to analyze and time-consuming due to its complexity and size. Without the necessary tools at disposal, information overload can hurt the campaign and cause a backlog for the staff in the long run.
Over the years, the amount of money spent on campaigns has risen considerably as the report from the Federal Election Commission shows. The report indicates that the average amount needed to win a senatorial seat is $10.4 million while that of the United States House of Representatives is $1.5 million. Even those elections at the district level have become more costly and complex.
Technology is advancing in every sector, and political campaigns are not left behind. Campaigners are now turning to campaign monitoring technology to adapt to the new era of campaign spending. The technology that was used before in the finance sector is now changing politics.
Among those leading the revolution is NGP VAN. This high-tech firm is the provider for Progressive and Democratic campaigns as well as other institutions and non-profit organizations. Using the firm’s technology, campaign managers can now organize data through online dashboards with graphs and charts. The most significant Democratic campaign in the US including President Barack Obama campaign’s fundraising, compliance, and voters, were carried out using the NGP VAN technology.
Digital fundraising in today’s world is no longer a limited-use. Firms like NGP VAN work hand in hand with other strategies such as social media, peer-to-peer, SMS and email fundraising campaigns. The potential to blend online contributions means that independent contributors can make small donations continuously as the campaigns progress. These platforms can help staff to build networks and help contribution requests reach out to many by using the campaign technology cultivated from a digital list of sponsors. Contributors can also check on their donations at any given time.
Platforms like NGP VAN aid in the fight for the idea that political fundraising is a type of charity, which may limit the success of a campaign. Alternatively, it stresses on the idea that political contributions do not offer the sense of benevolence. People give because of their own political and priority interest in the person running for office.
About NGP VAN
It was established in 1997 by Stu Trevelyan who is also the current CEO. The firm also has capable leaders on board such as John Lee who is the CTO, Amanda Coulombe who is the Organizing General Manager and Michelle Stephenson, the Chief Revenue Officer.
George Soros was born in Hungary during the Nazi occupation. He lived through the Holocaust, and had to run from the mistreatment. This is probably the past which shaped him into the relentless crusader of human rights that he is. He started his first Hedge fund after graduating from the London School of Economics. He is an investor in the stocks industry, and has always been an ardent supporter of Open Society Foundations and their activities. George Soros got his big break when he made a short sale of 10 billion pounds and made a profit of 1 billion pounds on a single day. He then moved to the US and has been running his operations from here.
George is one of those people who put their money where their ideas are. He has always believed in the Democratic Party their ideals. He started active participation in their politics during the Bush versus Kerry run for the White House. Soros got interested because of Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan, and the Humanitarian crisis that it created. He was disappointed when Kerry did not make it, but he started an active campaign to make sure that the government of the day was kept in check. This included media infiltration reporting and PACs activities to promote liberal ideas.
In 2007, he was rallying behind Hillary Clinton, because he has always believed in her politics. However, when she lost the nomination to Obama, he threw his weight behind Obama and he won the race. In 2016, he was fully behind Clinton’s run for office. He contributed more than $25 million to her campaign and even managed to champion many other Democrats.
The recent past has been quite busy for Soros and the charities that he supports. For instance, he was behind the financing of the protests against the shooting of a black teenage boy by a white cop. He financed the hiring of the buses that ferried protestors into the state for the three week long protests. By the end of the protests, the movement that is now known as Black Lives Matter had been born.
The most recent news from the foundation is that Soros has decided to donate $18 billion of his massive $25 billion estate to the foundation. It is believed that he will be releasing even more wealth to the foundation in the near future. This, combined with the over $6 billion that he has given to the Open Society Foundations over the past two decades, makes his foundation one of the largest in the world, besides the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There is a number of philanthropic activities that the money will cater for now, and in the future. All this is in an attempt to make the world the better place that Soros believes it can be. It is clear that George Soros has invested his entire life to fighting social injustices, and that he will stop at nothing to make sure that these injustices are fought and eliminated. and Follow him Twitter.com