What are the top names in political technology? There are many ways to answer that question; looking at the number of political committees that use a tech company’s products is one. Below are the data and technology vendors most frequently listed on campaign finance reports, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission. Some, such as the Democratic company NGP VAN, are well-known: Many Democratic candidates and committees use the company’s software products. But there are some surprises, too. And the firms’ wares are diverse. GoDaddy is used for website hosting and for registering Web-page addresses. Intuit sells accounting software. Aristotle, like NGP VAN, offers campaign-management software and access to voter files. Republican firm CMDI specializes in fundraising software.
Note: The companies shown represent the Center for Responsive Politics’ count of the largest data and technology vendors by number of political-committee clients in the 2014 election cycle. CRP categorizes individual campaign expenditures as data- and technology-related based on the stated purpose of the expenditure and/or the vendor’s name. As such, this is not a definitive list or ranking of “leading vendors.”
Source: Center for Responsive Politics’ analysis of reports to the FEC