It’s been a year since Johns Hopkins launched the Campaigns Online project and what a year it has been! The use of the Internet and blogging has really evolved in the 2004 election. But overall there has been three major changing in campaigning:
1. Online fundraising- it has became a MAJOR way to collect funds and can be done in many creative ways! Kerry’s campaign ( after learning a lesson from Dean) has been able to capitalized on this helping him stay competitive with Bush in raising cash fast!
2. Political Bloggers – they were invited to the convention and have a HUGH following. Many are now featured as political pundits and are being interview by the mainstream media. Also many mainstream media reporters now have their own blogs they write on.
3. Campaign Blogs- Who knew what Dean started now is standard for Bush and Kerry campaigns, besides that the political parties have blogs, and many state and local candidates now have campaign blogs too!