Catalist, the left’s secret electoral weapon, outguns GOP | WASHINGTON TIMES | SEP 19, 2014

If you’re wondering how Mitt Romney could have lost the 2012 presidential election to President Obama after securing a 5-point advantage among independent voters, a good portion of the answer might be found in Catalist, a centralized database that Democrats are using to turn out the vote.

This allows Democratic Party activists to drill down to the party’s base and send staff and volunteers out to make sure that likely Democratic voters — including those who have not voted in years — register and either vote early, mail in their ballots or show up at the polls on Election Day.

Catalist, which was founded in 2006 with seed money from billionaire leftist George Soros and whose president is former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, specializes in “micro-targeting.”

Two Obama for America 20-somethings with clipboards came to our door in Northern Virginia in 2008 and asked to speak to our grown children, who, their records showed, might still be living with us. They weren’t, but they weren’t far out of the nest, either. We were stunned at the specificity of the inquiry. Catalist has data on every single voter in America. They know what you eat for breakfast. Well, maybe not, but their reach is formidable.

“The bottom line is that they don’t need the independents anymore, so they don’t need to moderate their message,” Mr. Adams told me. “This is why Obama can keep veering sharply left without fear of losing elections. As long as they turn out their base, that’s all they need.”



CATALIST | BIG DATA

  • Catalist, founded by a pair of Bill Clinton and Al Gore staffers, operates a nation voter database that contains virtually every registered voter in the country, as well as virtually every voting age individual who is not registered to vote. Apart from the official register of voters, it also includes other public records and information from commercial data brokers. Each entry contains hundreds of pieces of information, from race to the probability of owning an SUV.
  • Catalist is an essential component of the Democrats’ operation. Washington Times writer Robert Knight has called it “the left’s secret electoral weapon”. This is how they received so many more votes than Trump. This understanding is crucial. If you need to know specifics, read these articles. | WASHINGTON TIMES | ECONOMIST WATCHDOG.ORG | DEMOCRACY ALLIANCE
  • Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Mr. Soros, said Mr. Soros’s interest in the project was straightforward. “The smart use of data and analytics is essential to winning the political and policy battles that are important to liberals,” Mr. Vachon said. NY TIMES

 

THE LEFT’S SECRET WEAPON

  • It was founded in 2006 by Harold M. Ickes and Laura Quinn with seed money from George Soros. It specializes in microtargeting for Democratic political campaigns.
  • Harold Ickes is the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Flashback to 1996. In the midst of a massive campaign finance scandal, he resigned from his position in the Clinton administration. Ickes’ relationship with Bill Clinton dates to anti-war activities in 1972. He has been a mentor to Bill de Blasio and is close friends with Terry McAuliffe.
  • Laura Quinn formerly an economic advisor to Jay Rockefeller and Joe Biden in the U.S. Senate and former Deputy Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore.
  • During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Catalist served as the principal repository of Democratic data, working with over 90 liberal groups including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. A selected list of their clients can be found here CATALIST.
  • Catalist’s mission is to “provide progressive organizations with the data and services needed to better identify, understand, and communicate with the people they need to persuade and mobilize.”
  • Catalist is a corporation that derives revenue from its paying clients. Catalist also receives funding from the Democracy Alliance.


Harold Ickes, Catalist Founder, Chief Financial Officer | DEMOCRAT OPERATIVE

  • Deputy Director of Clinton/Gore Transition team – 1992–1993
  • (Clinton) White House Deputy Chief of Staff – 1994–1997
  • Appointed by President Clinton as the Director of the G-7 meeting of seven leading industrial countries (expanded that meeting to 8 to include Russia) – 1997
  • Founder of The Media Fund – 2003–2004
  • Founding member of America Coming Together – 2003–2004
  • Member of the Democratic National Committee – 1988–present
  • President of Priorities USA Action (2011)
  • Harold Ickes gave between $10,001 – $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation


After leaving the Clinton administration in 1997, Harold Ickes, along with a former Al Gore staffer, co-founded a lobbying firm called Ickes & Enright.

  • In 2014, after de Blasio was elected, Ickes opened an office for his lobbying firm in New York City. He was immediately successful, winning millions in contracts for his clients.
  • Upon opening the New York branch of his lobbying firm this past spring, Mr. Ickes hired Kevin McCabe, a veteran of local politics who was a top aide to former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.


Mayor’s old pal wins new biz as lobbyist | CRAIN’S NEW YORK | OCT 26, 2014

De Blasio OKs massive music fest for cronies’ pal after denying others | NY POST | JAN 11, 2016

Mentor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Builds Lobbying Victories | NY TIMES | MAR 19, 2016



De Blasio’s lobbyist friend was the Clinton administration’s ‘Garbage Man’ | NY POST | JAN 25, 2016

  • “Ickes has been caught up in so many of Clinton’s scandals and crises that he came to describe his function in the White House as ‘director of the sanitation department,’” author Michael Lewis wrote in a 1997 profile of the key Clinton aide.


Engineer for Clinton; Man Behind the Man on the Podium | NEW YORK TIMES | JUL 24, 1992

  • “Harold M. Ickes, a 52-year-old New York lawyer, has emerged, more than anyone, as Mr. Clinton’s man in New York. It has been a striking transformation for a modest, consummate outsider still unaccustomed to winning.”


 

Harold Ickes sends John Podesta an invitation to a fundraising event for Terry McAuliffe | WIKILEAKS | EMAIL ATTACHMENTS PAGE

  • Ickes is co-chair for the event, suggesting a donation more than $10,000. Another co-chair is Jonathan Mantz, lobbyist for BGR and Senior Advisor for Priorities USA. Co-hosts for the event (donors of $2500-$10,000) include: Janice Enright, Laura Handman, Laura Quinn.
  • (JOHN PODESTA, TERRY MCAULIFFE, JANICE ENRIGHT, HAROLD ICKES, LAURA HANDMAN, LAURA QUINN)


Most importantly of all, Harold M Ickes founded Catalist, a DC based, for-profit voter database operating corporation. It was started with seed money from George Soros. Catalist has a board full of Progressive Democrat VIPs.

  • Catalist served as the principal repository of Democratic data, working with over 90 liberal groups including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. Catalist has engaged in data mining on behalf of clients such as Rock the Vote and EMILY’s List.[5] Catalist receives funding from the Democracy Alliance.
  • They are receiving funding from Soros and other power donors, and in turn selling their work to democratic campaigns at discounted prices.


memo and follow-up (confidential) | WIKILEAKS PODESTA 14093 | SEP 29, 2007

From:tmatzzie@gmail.com
To: john.podesta@gmail.com
Date: 2007-09-29 19:19
Subject: memo and follow-up (confidential)

John, I read the memo. Good analysis. Here is my confidential–for your eyes only–review of the memo. It is negative on some things. So, please keep this as eyes only

On the good side of the memo. I think that Catalist and Atlas are well-run projects doing good work. Catalist is, finally, an important part of the progressive political architecture. There are some folks grumbling about it because of the costs. For example, ACORN is a little annoyed about costs. Donors need to start adding an “overhead charge” to help these groups use Catalist.

Atlas is exciting because we’ll have better vote goals and plans for how to pull them off than in the past. But, again, I worry about who will do the voter contact work.

We badly need to find somebody to lead the Latino voter piece ASAP. That is so critical for 2008 and the long-term. I’m also glad that you are driving the argument that we need the messaging capacity. If we can put the GOP candidate on defensive right out of the gate and then again mid-Summer it is a huge advantage.

So, that’s my feedback on the memo. Considering it was 16 pages these are minor quibbles. But I wanted to call out the red flags. Because I am intimately familiar with all of these groups I can help do due diligence as needed. I’ve seen all their work up close and personal.

Next I will turn to the start-up plan and strategic memo for the messaging campaign. I will try to merge all of the projects mentioned together. My impression is that Rob McKay will work with whomever. He was in discussions with Wes and I. The key is that the entrepreneurs–you, me, Susan–need to make the jump. Talk to you soon. -Tom



 

Who we are

Catalist provides data and data-related services to progressive organizations to help them better identify, understand, and communicate with the people they need to persuade and mobilize.

For over a decade, Catalist has been the data utility powering the progressive community. Owned by a trust, we collaborate with data-driven progressive organizations with a variety of goals: issue advocates, organizers, pollsters, analysts, consultants, campaigners, researchers, and more.

We work with the community, for the community.

 

What we do

Catalist compiles, enhances, stores, and dynamically updates data on over 240 million unique voting-age individuals across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Working with Catalist can help you build membership, target persuasive messaging, engage activists, drive an issue agenda, and mobilize voters.



 

Catalist Data

Catalist provides data and data-related services to progressive organizations to help them better identify, understand, and communicate with the people they need to enhance, persuade, and mobilize.

Comprehensive

Our national database contains more than 240 million unique voting-age individuals. We start with a rich, reliable foundation of 185 million registered voters – a unified national voter file – collected from Election Officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Commercial data adds another 55 million unregistered individuals and enhances the entire database with hundreds of fields, including household attributes, purchasing and investment profiles, donation behavior, occupational information, recreational interests, and engagement with civic and community groups.

We also integrate data from the Census, specialty data, and media market geographies. We have records going back more than a decade, giving our clients the unique ability to see both short-term and long-term trends.

Accurate

Catalist data is continually updated and audited by data quality experts. Catalist’s Data Operations team adheres to a rigorous multi-step quality assurance process that ensures that each update improves the quality of the database.

Dynamic

Continuously updated through state file acquisitions, commercial refreshes, National Change of Address processing, and other routine data hygiene, the Catalist national database helps organizations and campaigns find and contact their members, supporters, and future supporters where they are now, with the history of where they have been.

Our data and models are continually improved with new data returned to Catalist by our partners and clients. This virtuous circle ensures the national file is more accurate and more powerful for our clients.



PNA and Catalist Launch New Targeting Tools for Reaching Hispanic Voters | WIKILEAKS PODESTA 56998 | AUG 2, 2012

From:info@projectnewamerica.com
To: john.podesta@gmail.com
Date: 2012-08-02 12:07
Subject: PNA and Catalist Launch New Targeting Tools for Reaching Hispanic Voters



[OS] President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts | WIKILEAKS GI FILES 126742 | SEP 8, 2011

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Michael James Warren, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the
Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Michael James Warren is a Principal and Managing Board member of Albright Stonebridge Group and serves as a member of the Investment Committee of Albright Capital Management. In 2009, Mr. Warren served as Senior Advisor for the Economics Division of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel for the Obama Administration. He was also a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group helping to oversee the international trade and economics agencies.

Previously, Mr. Warren led corporate development at Horne Engineering Services (2002-2004) and served as President of Appfluent Technologies (1999-2002). From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Warren worked at McKinsey & Company, serving as a strategic consultant and a fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute. Mr. Warren also served in the White House as Executive Director of the President’s National Economic Council (1995-1997) and as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor (1993-1995).

Mr. Warren is on the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Retirement Board, Civitas Group, Virginia Tech’s Intellectual Property Board, Catalist, and the National Child Research Center. He is a member of the Yale University President’s Council on International Activities. Mr. Warren is a Rhodes Scholar, and earned his degrees from Yale University and Oxford University.



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From: assortment@catalist.us
To: fin@lattakiaport.gov.sy

 

Catalist Staff (2007)
Harold Ickes, President

Laura Quinn, Chief Executive Officer

Vijay Ravindran, Chief Technology Officer

Will Loman, General Counsel

Erik Brauner, Chief Architect

Joel Orlina, Sr. Software Engineer & Application Technical Lead

Lina Brunton, Director of Data Acquisition

Tanya Brown, Deputy Director of Data Acquisition

Waqar Ahmed, Software Engineer

Arelowo Alao, Software Engineer

Brett Beyerlin, Data Acquisition Specialist

David Boyle, Account Executive

Crystal Chapman, Software Engineer

Dan Check, Software Engineer

Thad Cox, Software Engineer

Jan Dösselmann, Software Engineer

Ben Flaccus, Account Executive

Terrance Gaskins, Systems Administrator

Mike McCollum, Systems Administrator

Hyunjeong Ko, Project Manager

Allison Landwehr, Receptionist/Office Assistant

Jason Ost, Analyst

Anupama Pillalamarri, Data Acquisition Specialist

Campbell Spencer, Account Executive

Jason Strautman, Software Engineer

David White, Senior Systems/Database Administrator

ADVISORS:

Jano Cabrera, Press Advisor

Gary Gruver, Finance Advisor

Lyn Utrecht, Counsel

Elizabeth Wang, Counsel

Harold Ickes, President

Harold Ickes’ nearly fifty years of commitment and accomplishments fighting for progressive causes have earned him trust, respect and friendship of unusual breadth and depth in the progressive political community. He is a founding partner of The Ickes & Enright Group, a Washington , DC consulting firm. Prior to this, Mr. Ickes served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs and Policy to President Clinton, managing a number of the President’s key policy initiatives. He was also an architect of the President’s 1996 re-election campaign (the first successful re-election campaign of a Democratic president since FDR), the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and the 1997 Presidential Inaugural.

Prior to serving in the White House, Mr. Ickes was a partner in the New York law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., specializing in election and union-side labor law. He rejoined the law firm as partner in 1998 and serves as co-chair of its thirty-member Labor Law and Government Affairs Departments.

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Laura Quinn, Chief Executive Officer

Laura Quinn is a founding partner of QRS Newmedia, Inc., which specializes in communication technology design and integration services. Founded in 1996, QRS clients have included the Democratic Presidential campaigns in 1996, 2000 and 2004; a wide of range of progressive political campaigns, organizations and non-profits; and other corporate and academic institutions. QRS’s technology renovation for the Democratic National Committee in 2003-04 included complete IT, telecom and media system overhauls, as well as construction of a national voter file and new internet marketing systems, that helped the DNC increase their donor base more than five-fold and to out-fundraise the Republican National Committee for the first time in history.

In 2004, Ms. Quinn and a small group of investors launched Copernicus Analytics, a data mining firm focused on providing improved donor and voter analytics for progressive political clients. Prior to these endeavors, Ms. Quinn served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Vice President Gore, as Director of the Democratic Technology and Communications Committee for the Democratic Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate, and in a variety of senior Senate and campaign positions.

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Vijay Ravindran , Chief Technology Officer

Vijay Ravindran, an Amazon.com veteran, is an experienced innovative technical leader with proven high-profile delivery. Immediately prior to joining Catalist, Mr. Ravindran was Director of the Ordering Services group at Amazon.com. He led a technical organization of over 130 engineers responsible for website consumer purchasing and order management across all of Amazon.com’s websites, which included such well known features as “1-Click”, “Checkout”, “Shopping Cart”, “Your Account”, and “Super Saver Shipping”. He also was a principal in the conception, delivery and ongoing management of the Amazon Prime membership program. Previously, Mr. Ravindran held a series of software management positions with Amazon.com, having joined the company as a software development engineer in 1998.

Prior to joining Amazon.com, Mr. Ravindran was a software consultant at American Management Systems (now CGI-AMS) in Fairfax, Virginia, and in Düsseldorf, Germany .

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Will Loman, General Counsel

Will Loman has served for over nine years advising private and public sector companies on a broad range of corporate matters with extensive experience in matters regarding business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance and securities. Prior to joining Catalist, Mr. Loman served as Associate General Counsel for the industry-leading, information technology and management consulting company, BearingPoint, Inc., where he played a key role in the execution of multi-million dollar, transactional agreements with the company’s largest commercial clients, as well as the development and implementation of risk mitigation strategies and dispute avoidance. Prior to BearingPoint, Mr. Loman held key positions in the General Counsel office at Acterna Corporation and DoubleClick, and was a Corporate Associate at the law firm Bryan Cave in New York.

Mr. Loman served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps Division of the Judge Advocate General Corps and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. degree in Sociology/Political Science from Howard University, with high honors. Mr. Loman is an admitted member of the New York and Washington, D.C. bars.

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Erik Brauner, Chief Architect

Erik Brauner brings to Catalist many years of experience designing and implementing large-scale database-driven systems marked by high performance and guaranteed availability. As a Senior Research Scientist for Behaveuristics Inc. during the late 90s Mr. Brauner was responsible for designing and leading the implementation of large, multi-million dollar systems used by the airlines for forecasting, revenue management and pricing. More recently, as a Head of Informatics, Mr. Brauner was a member of the academic community where he was responsible for managing the development of large-scale databases for the biology and chemistry communities at Harvard and MIT. Mr. Brauner still retains a lectureship appointment at Harvard’s Department of Systems Biology.

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Joel Orlina, Sr. Software Engineer & Application Technical Lead

Joel Orlina is a senior software engineer with team leadership experience. Mr. Orlina was most recently the Development Manager at META Security Group, an IT security firm in Herndon, Virginia, offering products and services for managing enterprise IT security programs.  During his tenure at META, Mr. Orlina led the design and development of Command Center, a multi-tier, web-based application that manages elements of IT security programs, including policy development and deployment, and technical vulnerability alerting and tracking. Prior to META, Mr. Orlina was a business analyst at American Management Systems (now CGI-AMS) in Fairfax, Virginia, specializing in Internet and web technologies.

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Lina Brunton, Director of Data Acquisition

Lina Brunton is an expert in political data, with a decade’s experience bridging the gap between political needs and technical realities. Before joining Catalist, Ms. Brunton served as the Democratic National Committee’s Voter Contact Director, where she oversaw construction and use of data systems ranging from the affidavit database for the 2000 Florida recount, to the DNC’s national voter file. Her political career began with President Clinton’s 1996 re-election effort, and she has done targeting and data for three presidential campaigns, the Iowa Democratic Party’s voter file, and the National Association of Letter Carriers’ field program.

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Tanya Brown, Deputy Director of Data Acquisition

Tanya Brown joins Catalist with a wealth of experience in progressive politics and technology.  She worked as Deputy Director of Voter Contact at the Democratic National Committee, overseeing the construction and use of the DNC’s national voter file.  Her experience includes work at the polling firm Lake Research Partners, as well as work in the political divisions of NARAL and SEIU.  Ms. Brown was the Constituency Outreach Director for Western Pennsylvania for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000.

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Waqar Ahmed, Software Engineer

Waqar Ahmad recently graduated with a Masters degree in Computer Science from George Washington University. Prior to joining Catalist, Mr. Ahmed worked on several research and development projects in software development, algorithm design and bioinformatics, his areas of academic focus.

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Arelowo Alao, Software Engineer

Arelowo Alao brings a broad background in structured and object-oriented programming, data analysis, networking, and quality assurance to Catalist’s efforts. Before coming to Catalist, he worked for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s LOCATER program, where he provided technological solutions to the many practical problems that they faced, including creating an application that determined invalid e-mail addresses in their database.

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Brett Beyerlin, Data Acquisition Specialist

Brett Beyerlin joins Catalist following his work for Plus Three, a software development company specializing in web and database solutions for political organizations. He has worked on data projects with progressive clients, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the One America Committee

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David Boyle, Account Executive

David Boyle brings an international background in evidence-based, analytical problem solving and political campaigns to his position at Catalist. In 2005, Mr. Boyle used his analytical background to help Tony Blair’s Labour Party win an unprecedented third term in government. Afterwards, he moved to New York City to run the data and targeting operations for a New York City mayoral candidate. Prior to that, Mr. Boyle worked with corporate clients as a consultant and analyst for L.E.K. Consulting in London and Boston, before transferring to the charitable sector in the UK. At New Philanthropy Capital Mr. Boyle helped bring an analytical approach to the allocation of charitable funding.

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Crystal Chapman, Software Engineer

Crystal Chapman came to Catalist from a software engineering position at Synchron Technologies, where she completed work on Java information services that provide support for automatic fail over and dynamic resource discovery. Ms. Chapman is also an experienced web designer and system administrator who, as a Howard University undergraduate, designed the entire NASA HBCU Renewable Energy and Utilization Project website for Howard’s Physics Department.

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Dan Check, Software Engineer

Dan Check is an experienced software engineer with a strong progressive political background, including work as Director of Internet Outreach for a New York City mayoral campaign. Prior to this role, Mr. Check held programmer positions at several New York interactive media technology companies.

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Thad Cox, Software Engineer

Thad Cox is an experienced software engineer who has worked both in government and in private industry. Before coming to Catalist, Mr. Cox worked for PEC Solutions (now Nortel Government Solutions) on a contract for the TSA involving the hiring airport screeners, first in systems administration — setting up and maintaining mobile hiring centers — and then developing server software to track security background checks for the airport screeners.

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Jan Dösselmann, Software Engineer

Jan Dösselmann is a software engineer with over a decade of industry experience. Prior to Catalist, Mr. Dösselmann was a senior business analyst at GFT-Iberia, a leading European IT consulting firm. While at GFT, Mr. Dösselmann worked on behalf of the Spanish Notary Organization. There, in the role of IT Security Specialist, he led the conception and design of their public key infrastructure, which is used for management of digital certificates, digital signature and encryption of documents, and for management of smart-cards.

Prior to GFT, Mr. Dösselmann was a senior scientist in artificial intelligence at Lufthansa Systems, and was responsible for research that led to significant improvements to Lufthansa’s booking system.

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Ben Flaccus, Account Executive

Ben Flaccus is a political organizer with experience working in Missouri, Wisconsin, Florida, and New York City. He recently worked the New York City mayor’s race, overseeing field operations in lower Manhattan. Prior to the 2004 cycle, Mr. Flaccus worked as a Staff Assistant in the office of Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York.

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Terrance Gaskins, Systems Administrator

Terrance Gaskins is a systems administrator with significant experience configuring and maintaining vital network equipment, both hardware and software. Mr. Gaskins previously worked as the Systems Support Engineer to the Chief Administrative Officer at the Human Resources Center of the United States House of Representatives. Prior to this Mr. Gaskins worked as a Network Engineer for the Network Operations Center at Interealty Corp.

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Mike McCollum, Systems Administrator

Mike McCollum comes to Catalist with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Most recently Mr. McCollum served as a Director of IT at Manugistics Inc, a major provider of Supply Chain planning software. Prior to becoming an IT Director/Manager at Manugistics, Mike was the lead systems administrator for product development, vastly increasing the number of supported systems. Additionally Mr. McCollum served in the United States Air Force where he worked on RADAR warning systems and continued his expertise with various federal government contractors supporting the National Institutes of Health, US Navy, and US Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

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Hyunjeong Ko, Project Manager

Hyunjeong Ko joins Catalist after previous positions in Marketing and Project Management. Prior to Catalist, Ms. Ko was a Sales and Marketing Representive at Samsung Cheil in Budapest, Hungary. Prior to Samsung, she was a Project Manager at Hanwha Bank also in Budapest. She also served as the Assistant to Commerical Counselor at the Embassy of Hungary in Seoul, Korea.

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Allison Landwehr, Receptionist/Office Assistant

Prior to joining Catalist, Ms. Landwehr worked as a research assistant at the Pesticide Action Network PAN UK, in London, England. Earlier in her career she worked as a Field Manager for Clean Water Action, working on environmental campaigns.

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Jason Ost, Analyst

Jason Ost is an experienced data analyst, with a strong background in public policy and marketing research. His analytical expertise includes market segmentation analyses, multivariate modeling, and other statistical procedures used to analyze and describe populations. While working at the Urban Institute, Jason co-authored papers on diverse policy topics, such as immigration, child care, adolescent risk-taking, and the foster care system. He also co-authored The Gay and Lesbian Atlas, the first book to use U.S. census data to study the gay and lesbian population. Immediately prior to joining Catalist, Jason worked as an analyst in the marketing research division of the Investment Company Institute, the national trade association for the mutual fund industry.

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Anupama Pillalamarri, Data Acquisition Specialist

Anupama Pillalamarri joins Catalist after several positions combining politics and technology. Ms. Pillalamarri managed national user communications for the DNC’s volunteer management online system during the 2004 presidential campaign. Prior to that, Ms Pillalamarri worked for National Public Radio in their major gifts division, helping to keep their database up to date.

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Campbell Spencer, Account Executive

Campbell Spencer specializes in grassroots campaigns development for political campaigns, businesses, and non-profit organizations. She is a veteran of Democratic politics having served on two presidential campaigns, advised on numerous House and Senate races, worked for the Democratic National Committee, and served as a Presidential appointee in the Clinton-Gore Administration. Campbell served as a Regional Political Director for John Kerry for President where she was responsible political and field operations in six early primary states. Prior to joining the campaign, Campbell served as National Base Vote Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where she was responsible for the oversight, and strategic coordination of the DNC’s base vote and community outreach division. Before being promoted to National Base Vote Director, Campbell served as the DNC’s Gay and Lesbian Outreach Director and was responsible for developing the DNC’s gay and lesbian political programs and strategy.

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Jason Strautman, Software Engineer

Jason Strautman comes to Catalist with considerable experience developing technology solutions for progressive organizations, having helped design a direct mail and donor prospecting database for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  He has also worked at the Democratic National Committee and for John Kerry’s presidential effort, managing database and reporting tools for both groups’ major donor programs during the 2004 election cycle.  Prior to his political work, Mr. Strautman operated his own independent software company.

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David White, Senior Systems/Database Administrator

Mr. White is a systems and database architect with 14 years’ experience in various high-profile roles. He most recently designed and built from scratch a data center to support an application service provider (ASP) with more than 200,000 customers. In past roles Mr. White has provided the system architecture for the logical application data structures and the physical network and server specifications.

At the start-up MultiCity, as Director of Data Systems, he led the team of database and network administrators responsible for support of development and production and headed the systems engineering team. Prior to MultiCity, Mr. White was a senior consultant at Oracle Corporation.

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Jano Cabrera, Press Advisor

Over the 10 years he has been in political communications, Jano Cabrera, 32, has worked in the U.S. Congress, the Clinton White House, two presidential campaigns, at the national Democratic party headquarters and in Baghdad, Iraq.
In 2005, Jano lived in Baghdad, Iraq and worked daily with members of the Transition National Assembly on political communication issues. He was the Communication Director for the Democratic Party during the 2004 campaign. During the primaries, Jano was the national spokesman for the Lieberman campaign. He also served as a national spokesman for former Vice-President Al Gore from 1998 to 2002, working at the White House, on Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and for Gore’s political action committee, Leadership ’02, during the 2002 midterms. Jano also served as the Communications Director for the Recording Industry Association of America during the Napster trial.

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Gary Gruver, Finance Advisor

Gary Gruver comes to Catalist with nine years experience in the finance and budget field and ten years experience in Human Resources. Gary began his work in the political field in 1997 on the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign FEC audit. From there he went on to become the Comptroller and Assistant Treasurer of the Gore 2000 Presidential Campaign and the CFO of the Lieberman 2004 Presidential Campaign. Gary served as the CFO of America Coming Together during 2004 and 2005 and most recently at America Votes.

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Lyn Utrecht, Counsel

Lyn Utrecht is a partner at Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon, practicing in the areas of federal and state election, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying laws. She has represented members of congress, presidential candidates and their campaign committees, and other high-profile clients before the Federal Election Commission, the Senate and House Ethics Committees, and state election commissions. Ms. Utrecht was Counsel to four of the 2004 presidential primary campaigns and, prior to that, to four Democratic tickets, including both successful Clinton-Gore campaigns. She has also represented numerous Senate campaigns, including the Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee.

Prior to joining the firm, she was in the General Counsel’s office at the Federal Election Commission, reaching the office of Special Assistant General Counsel. Ms. Utrecht holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude (1979).

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Elizabeth Wang, Counsel

Elizabeth Wang practices in the areas of business law, technology and Internet law, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and privacy and data protection. She represents privately-held Internet companies in their transactions with customers and strategic partners and advises on legal issues related to product development. In 1998, Ms. Wang joined DoubleClick Inc., a global Internet advertising company, as its general counsel and first lawyer, and was serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at the time of her departure in 2003. Ms. Wang was active in DoubleClick’s strategic corporate transactions, product development, privacy and data protection matters, and in their government affairs efforts.

Prior to joining DoubleClick, Ms. Wang was in-house counsel to the new media divisions of Simon & Schuster. She has also practiced at the New York law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and in San Francisco , at the law firm of Howard, Rice. Since 2004, Ms. Wang has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Law. She holds a Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law (1990), where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.



Our Clients

Catalist works exclusively with progressive organizations who share our values.

Catalist works with and for data-driven progressive organizations to help them effect change:
issue advocates, labor organizers, pollsters, analysts, consultants, campaigns, and more.

A selected list of our clients:

DATA & ANALYTICS FIRMS

  • Amicus
  • Analyst Institute
  • Blue Labs
  • Civis Analytics
  • Hickman Analytics
  • Quadrant Metrics, LLC

Elected Office Campaigns, Caucuses, & PACs

  • Alison for Kentucky
  • Arizona Democratic Party
  • California Democratic Congressional Delegation
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Democratic Governors Association
  • Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • EMILY’s List
  • Florida Democratic Party
  • House Majority PAC
  • Maine Democratic Party
  • Mississippi Democratic Party
  • New Jersey Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee
  • New Jersey Democratic Party
  • New Mexico Democratic Party
  • Obama for America
  • Ohio Democratic Party
  • Progressive Kick
  • Ready for Hillary
  • Tennessee Democratic Party
  • Texas Democratic Party
  • Vermont Democratic Party
  • Virginia Democratic Party

Strategists & Consultants

  • Ambrosino, Muir, Hansen, & Crounse
  • Baughman Group
  • Eleison Group
  • Mack Sumner Communications
  • Mission Control
  • MSHC Partners
  • PowerPAC
  • Project New America
  • Terris, Barnes, & Walters

Polling Firms

  • Anzalone Liszt Grove Research
  • Benenson Strategy Group
  • Feldman Group
  • Global Strategy Group
  • Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
  • Hart Research
  • Lake Research Partners
  • Mellman Group
  • Patinkin Research Strategies
  • Victoria Research & Consulting

Membership Organizations

  • American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • National Education Association
  • Service Employees International Union
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Voting & Civil Rights Groups

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • America Votes
  • Dominicanos USA
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • New Georgia Project
  • State Voices
  • Voter Participation Center

Issue Advocacy Organizations

  • Alliance for Climate Protection
  • American Cancer Society
  • Clean Water Action Fund
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Fair Share Alliance
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • NextGen Climate Action
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Sierra Club

ACADEMIC & RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • The George Washington University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Yale University

Digital Media

  • AOL
  • Broadnet
  • Credo Mobile
  • Democrats.com
  • DSPolitical
  • Pandora
  • Rentrak
  • V12 Group