FEC Filings Disclose Continuing Fundraising Advantage

Year-end FEC filings show campaigns using Aristotle software raised more money in 2012 election cycle

Patent-Pending Data Mining Techniques Powering Election-Year Fundraising Success

Feb 01, 2013, 19:15 ET from Aristotle

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Post-Election reports filed by 1,689  candidates with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that  those campaigns that used Aristotle software performed significantly better in fundraising than those who used any one of the next three most popular software products for fundraising and disclosure utilized in 2012. 

The results included all active Democrats, Republicans, challengers, incumbents and open seat campaigns for the House of Representatives that were required to file their financial disclosure reports electronically in 2012.  The FEC tallies the technology used by each committee to file their reports.

On average, of the campaign committees listed, those using Aristotle raised $1,434,400.  Those using NGP raised $1,001,069; NETFile clients raised $718,433; and FECFile clients raised $196,074, according to the reports filed with the FEC.

These results nearly mirror the results from the third quarter of 2012, which revealed that on average, of 875 campaign committees listed; those using Aristotle raised $1,619,948.76.  Those using NGP raised $1,141,112.05; FECFile clients raised $328,406.87; and NETFile clients raised $1,058,264.49.

"If anyone needed proof that powerful data mining works, this is it," said Aristotle CEO John Aristotle Phillips. "This is a very substantial financial advantage made possible by patent-pending data mining. Show me a campaign that could not benefit from additional contribution dollars.

"We give campaigns the tools to find those who want to give, and make it easy for the contribution to be made, legally. We allow fundraisers to access, mine and harness millions of state contributor records so that no money is left on the table."

Aristotle's platform incorporates detailed state contributor and voter lists with highly accurate consumer databases to illuminate exactly how much a donor has given, how much they can give, and to suggest the maximum they might agree to contribute where allowed by law.

Aristotle is non-partisan. "Our place is not to pick candidates or parties we may agree with, but rather to provide all candidates and all parties and every advocacy group the tools they need to get their message out, to compete at the ballot box, so the voters can decide," said Phillips. "We are a non-partisan provider because we believe in the democratic process."

"Campaigns using Aristotle's products not only raise more money, we also guarantee compliance," former FEC Chairman and Aristotle Senior Vice President of Compliance Services David Mason said. "The Aristotle system safeguards campaigns against embarrassing stories that could potentially derail a campaign."

About Aristotle
Aristotle has delivered smarter tools to political campaigns since 1983. Every U.S. President -- Democrat and Republican -- from Reagan through Obama, has used Aristotle products and/or services, as have many U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic and Republican state party organizations and other major campaigns worldwide.

Political Data Restrictions
Use of and access to voter list data is restricted in some jurisdictions. For information, contact an Aristotle representative. Searching for individual voters is not available, and voter names and addresses are not visible during your searches. Any information copied, or otherwise obtained, from any FEC report or statement, or any copy, reproduction, or publication thereof, filed under the Act, shall not be sold or used by any person for the purpose of soliciting contributions or for any commercial purpose, except that the name and address of any political committee may be used to solicit contributions from such committees.

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