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Peter Bell
July 18, 2014, 1 a.m.

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

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