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DLCC's Michael Sargeant credits DLCCweb

by Jason Z.

The smart politics blog FiveThirtyEight has up an election-day interview with Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee executive director Michael Sargent.

As the conversation turns to technology, Sargeant calls out DLCCWeb, the innovative "website in a box" service for state legislative candidates built in Salsa just for the DLCC by Wired for Change.

538: Are you tinkering with any new technological tools or tactics in the field campaign and for voter contacting generally, and if so what?

Sargeant: It's an interesting question. We've all been taking a look from the last election on at a variety of things regarding microtargeting, and making sure we're also doing more polling and just being more aggressive as well at the doors doing GOTV.

One of the things we're very proud of is our DLCCweb program, which we're making available on our website for legislative candidates around the country using this. We have around 350 to 400 candidates around the country using this and they were in full force last election cycle in 2008.

538: So you are using it beyond these races in 2010 and beyond?

Sargeant: We first used it in the '08 races, again this year, and the program is just growing by leaps and bounds.

Pretty sweet. As the 2010 election cycle heats up in the month ahead, hundreds or thousands of Democratic legislative candidates will be rolling out professional campaign sites (not stuff like this) integrating online fundraising, unlimited blast e-mailing, events management, and an online database to track campaigns' supporters, volunteers, and donors, all for a couple bucks a day.

Be the first in your district to have it.

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Bridging a digital divide to local elections

by Jason Z.

All politics is local, after all.

TechPresident toots the horn of Wired For Change -- which provides the Salsa CRM platform for political campaigns and basically anyone that isn't a 501(c)3 -- for its innovative DLCCWeb product.  DLCCWeb enabled Democratic congressional state legislative candidates to set up an entire "website in a box" for $40 a month. (Sure could've saved Charles Rangel some cash.)

Quoth TechPrez:

many have missed one of the more fascinating online programs this cycle: The Democratic Legisative Campaign Committee’s DLCCWeb program.

Developed for the DLCC by Wired for Change the concept is simple: For $40 a month any Demcoratic State legislative candidate can have a website, online contribution system with ActBlue, and the web marketing tools they need to make their web program successful.

Compared to just one cycle ago and the dizzying array options at the time – ranging from too expensive to taking too much time – the DLCCWeb is a much simpler and cheaper option for your state legislative campaigns. With this price tag everyone from low-cost campaigns in New Hampshire to high-cost large campaigns in states like Texas and California found ways to use it to help their campaign.

Which is not only nice, but it's a price point cheap enough that campaigns can keep the doors open easily in between elections.  In fact, DLCC is already landing signups for the next election cycle.

Ultimately, all these accolades are for Salsa, the toolset used by both Wired and its nonprofit cousin DemocracyInAction -- for the flexibility and extensibility of Salsa, which was built precisely for the plasticity to plug into new features, applications and uses.

With the November launch of Salsa Commons and its developer zone, we're already starting to see some fascinating tinkering, like this rebuild of our donation page by Public Citizen.  And if you hit one of our public forum calls this week on feature set buildouts -- like extensions to incorporate a full donor database into Salsa -- you got a sneak peak at some of what's cooking in our part of that kitchen.

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