haven’t always been just a poster of blog articles. In my younger days I served as Bristol County,
Massachusetts Coordinator for the election of Ed Brooke, the first black
senator since Reconstruction (and a Republican), and in the same role for
Elliot Richardson for Attorney General of Massachusetts – later the same
Federal Attorney General who refused President Nixon’s request to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate Special Prosecutor. (I hope you have a good memory,
coming to my main point: I also served
as Bristol County Coordinator for Mitt Romney when he ran for the US Senate
against Ted Kennedy. I got no help
whatsoever from either the state or the National Republican Party – not even a
list of Republican voters. I spent hours
of my own time creating a database and computer programs in the Dbase language
to enter and store data on Bristol
voters. I had just started to enter data
I was able to gather when that famous debate happened between Romney and
Kennedy wherein Romney tried to get to the left of Kennedy on all issues, and
conservative Republicans, like me, became outraged and quit him.
things haven’t gotten any better for Republican candidates, and, in addition,
if you are a true conservative, forget it as well as the RNC is concerned.
next time the Republican National Committee calls you for a donation, ask them,
“Where is the votebuilder software?”.
is the RNC's VoteBuilder Software?
Peter Wilson November 7, 2013 American Thinker
It was as sophisticated as
anything I have seen while volunteering for Romney and McCain. The software
provides the voter name, age, phone number, the voter's polling location, a
script for the caller to read with questions like, "Do you need a ride to
the polls?" Nothing revolutionary here, but it was thorough.
More importantly, it was a
website (protected with sign-in and passwords), which means that a group of
people with laptops and cell phones in a living room becomes an instant call
center. To make calls for Romney and McCain, I had to schlep into downtown Boston and sit in a harshly- lit rented space where
phone banks had been installed at significant expense. I had to take the subway
down because there was no parking. I went down by myself and didn't know anyone
there. It really wasn't much fun. Compare this experience to joining a team of
friends in the comfort of a private house within walking distance of home.
A friend went to help another
friend who is running for the local School Committee. I'm being coy because my
friend did a little undercover work and showed me screenshots of the software
the candidate was using, something called VoteBuilder, "a partnership
between the DNC and the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee."
superiority during the presidential election is no secret. According to
VoteBuilder's creator NGP
Activation Network), "During the 2012 campaign cycle, VAN/VoteBuilder
powered more than 329 million door and phone contacts with voters throughout
Keep in mind that this software
was available to a candidate in a local school committee election. This race
was non-partisan -- no party affiliations are declared on the ballot, but as
you might guess in Massachusetts, our friend is a Democrat and the field was
comprised of eight Democrats and one candidate who might be a Republican. This
level of support is simply not available to Republican candidates on the local
Many have noted since the 2012 election the edge that Democrats
have through VoteBuilder. For example:
• Politico recently called VoteBuilder "innovative software" that is
"a powerful weapon that the GOP simply won't match in the near term."
• Republican strategist Vincent
Harris said of VoteBuilder, "Every day that goes by, we are getting further and further
• Peter Pasi, digital
consultant for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's presidential campaign said "Obama for America gets the headline, but the VAN did the work
behind the scenes on a lot of local races that made the difference."
These quotes refer to the 2012
defeat that occurred one year ago. Has the RNC made any progress since?