Blue Utopia Blog

Understanding Hybrid PACs

Wed, Nov 23, 2022 - 01:39 PM

A new type of unconnected PAC -- a Hybrid PAC -- has been gaining traction since it was approved back in 2011 by the FEC. Unconnected PACs have usually fallen into Super PACs and traditional PACs. These two types of PACs have always been treated separately by the FEC. That

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Support for FEC Hybrid PACs

Tue, Jun 7, 2022 - 03:18 PM

In March, we launched support for filing F3X reports for Hybrid PACs. This extension to our FEC-reporting module allows these Hybrid PACs to easily import or connect online transaction data, modify it, then file the FEC report.

With this feature drop, you can now:

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Sample Political Campaign Budget

Wed, Oct 20, 2021 - 11:09 AM

sample political campaign budget

Anticipating your fundraising needs and planned expenses starts with building your campaign budget. It sounds easy but it's not always as easy as it sounds. We've built a sample political campaign budget for you to help.

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Blacklists and Spamtraps and how to avoid them

Tue, May 25, 2021 - 01:40 PM

What are spam traps?

Spam traps are fake or historical email addresses that are used by Email Service Providers (ESPs) and blacklist providers to identify bad email senders.

A spam trap is essentially just an email address but it’s not owned by a real person. Because it’s not a legitimately-owned

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Donor research is now a click away

Mon, Dec 16, 2019 - 11:11 AM

donor research

This week, BlueUtopia launched integrated DataFeeds into our CRM system.

DataFeeds bring a range of 3rd-party data sources to your fingertips, allowing you to find and add useful data to your supporter records. This feature is designed to give our users access

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Is your Email Being Seen?

Wed, May 22, 2019 - 04:13 PM

Political emails are already starting to arrive like mosquitoes at a picnic. And one of the things we noticed here was that more than we expected were winding up in Spam and in Gmail's Promotions tab. We wrote about Gmail's Promotions tab here. We decided to perform

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About Gmail's Promotion Tab

Wed, May 22, 2019 - 08:20 AM

gmail tabs

At this point, Google has nearly 30% of the personal email market. That's a lot! Several years ago, in an attempt to reduce complaints about all the marketing email, Gmail introduced tabs for Social, Promotions, and Primary (the inbox). And of course, they still have

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Building Your Email List

Mon, Apr 22, 2019 - 02:54 PM

Building Your Email List

Before anything can begin, you must put some attention to creating your initial list and a

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What is an email sender score?

Wed, Apr 3, 2019 - 05:49 PM

ISPs are the providers of email services where we all get our email.  Gmail is one of the more commonly known providers.  When you send a broadcast email, ISPs use a number of factors in whether that email should be delivered or not -- referred to as email deliverability.

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BlueUtopia now supports PACs with form F3X

Tue, Jun 19, 2018 - 12:04 PM

BlueUtopia Compliance Reporting (FEC version) has long been a great option for candidate committees due to it's ease of use and integration with our powerful CRM - along with being so much more affordable than some other market solutions. Today, we extend that powerful

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BlueUtopia integrated with ActBlue

Mon, Mar 5, 2018 - 03:42 PM

It just got lot easier to consolidate your donor data. Today, we launched API integration with ActBlue.

If you use BlueUtopia as your CRM and ActBlue to fundraise online, this integration will allow your donations on ActBlue to automatically populate into your

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Racially Gerrymandered Districts

Sat, Mar 11, 2017 - 01:38 PM

Illegal Redistricting

The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature approved redistricting maps in 2011. On Friday, a federal court ruled that at least 3 districts were illegally drawn along racial lines in order to maximize Republicans' chances to retain the seats. According to the

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How to approach building a website

Sat, Feb 4, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Building a Website

When we talk about putting up a website, it’s helpful to break that down into a couple of distinct phases.

The first phase is your overall approach. The easiest way to think about this is how custom you want to be.

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Social Connections are now available

Thu, Feb 2, 2017 - 03:07 PM

Soical Connections

Social Connections is an expanded part of our Connections feature area. The Connections area of our system allows you to see all your supporters’ connections in one area.

Associations of all kinds to other people are easily entered by staff and

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Migrate from NationBuilder to Blue Utopia

Tue, Jan 17, 2017 - 01:36 PM

Migrate from NationBuilder

With NationBuilder embracing their business side and increasingly supporting Republicans, Blue Utopia is the only full CRM platform that is dedicated to progressive success and priced at a level that enables all campaigns access to

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Why Your Tech Should be Blue

Tue, Jan 17, 2017 - 01:29 PM

If you are a Democratic or Progressive organization, this article is about why your technology platform should align with your mission.

Just days after Donald Trump was elected president, NationBuilder created a lot of anger and disgust in the progressive community by celebrating Mr. Trump’s victory

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How Nationbuilder Went Republican

Fri, Jan 13, 2017 - 01:07 PM

NationBuilder declares itself a nonpartisan provider of Leadership software. They are neither the only nor the first political software vendor to go down this path. Way back in the 80’s the first real pioneer in the political technology space was a firm called Aristotle, who also began

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Photos and Videos at Polling Locations

Sat, Oct 29, 2016 - 01:01 PM

Posted by staff

We should expect plenty of interesting events at polling locations in a few days.  And with everyone having a video camera in their pocket, there will be lots of opportunity to photo document this.  

Before you break out your phone, did you know

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Democrats Have A Wells Fargo Problem

Wed, Sep 28, 2016 - 03:58 PM

Posted by Mike Nellis, Revolution Messaging

Goals are good. They help us visualize success and they motivate us to work harder and strive to do a little better with each project. But goals can have a nasty side-effect, especially when they are widely unrealistic.

Wells Fargo learned this

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Building an effective email program

Fri, Mar 15, 2019 - 03:47 PM

Great, you've decided to put some effort into building a good email communication program with your constituents/supporters.  But where to start?  What tone to take?  What to talk about?  All great questions that usually keep this program where

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