“Gravity was a lifesaver during the Wisconsin recall.”
"It allowed us to effectively reach targeted voters without the usual headaches that go along with planning ground games. The best part was being able to manage a full-fledged voter outreach program, even if I were miles away. It gave our organization the ability to simultaneously focus on other areas of the campaign without spending hours on preparation and oversight."
Ashley Schultz, State Director
Wisconsin Recall Action Fund
Even as Romney's "Orca" was going belly-up on Election Day, another group of conservatives were enjoying the fruits of labor that began long before voters headed to the polls. As the 2012 campaign began, American Majority Action, a conservative 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, invested in a new tool called "Political Gravity." While roughly comparable to what Democrats made available to volunteers for their own field operations, Gravity was a novelty on the right: It was a mobile interface into voter data designed for grassroots advocates. An organization with a Gravity license could direct activists to the doors of specific voters, offer them a script of what to say on arrival, and give them the chance to record the results of that voter contact. A smattering of other right-wing groups, including FreedomWorks, enjoyed the benefits of this new tool.
Kozaria, who works for conservative group American Majority Action, enters Milaeger's details into his smartphone using a new get-out-the-vote application called Gravity - which the group provides free to Tea Party activists - that uploads the information to a central database.
The Gravity program is designed to better capture voter data that gets lost during the frenzied final weeks of an election.
American Majority Action’s “Gravity” voter contact platform is being deployed by canvassers from a number of conservative groups, including the deep-pocketed national tea party organizing nonprofit FreedomWorks, ahead of Election Day.
Bob Reader, Kansas State Senate, District 22
I don’t think anybody in the history of this district has ever reached 10,000 voters door-to-door. This was enabled by your software [Gravity]. I never had to stress about where am I going, how to get there, which road to turn on. You took the stress out of door-to-door, and we rocked. Thank you for your services!
We couldn't afford Voter Vault," explains Chris Priest, a Republican who ran a successful, shoestring campaign for Morgan County, Alabama circuit clerk, referring to the voter database honed by Karl Rove and national Republicans in the past few election cycles. Besides, Priest says, a local meeting of conservatives, with the help of the state GOP, came to the conclusion that Political Gravity was better suited to the needs of the 2012 environment. (01/29/2013)