There are hundreds of Democratic techies hoping for the chance to come on board Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
With no other big-name Democratic candidate emerging, Clinton will be able to chose the very best talent on the market. Most of the pool is likely to come from veterans of the Obama campaign, her own 2008 run or present-day groups such as Ready for Hillary, and from among the computer wizards who've toiled on other recent Democratic campaigns, Politico
Top-tier hiring decisions are expected to be made by Clinton's campaign manager in-waiting, Robby Mook. He will soon be joined by John Podesta
Among others cited as having a role in digital decision making are Clinton adviser Harold Ickes and Katie Dowd, Clinton's personal tech adviser.
Two key players from Obama's 2012 campaign, digital director Teddy Goff and digital advertising specialist Andrew Bleeker, are touted as leading candidates for the job of chief digital strategist, Politico reported.
"Any smart campaign has to have a digital director in place long before they announce so they can take advantage of the excitement of the announcement and funnel that energy into list-building and fundraising," Tracy Russo, a new media expert told Politico.
Technologically savvy staffers will use social media and other information tools to raise money and mobilize potential supporters.
There will also be a need for outside digital vendors, contractors and consultants.
Technical staffers will have plenty of information to tap into, including from the Democratic National Committee, the Obama and Clinton campaigns, as well as from recent senatorial and gubernatorial races.
"A lot of the elements of technology are out there and don't have to be re-created," said a Clinton insider. "What they need are tech experts inside to figure out what they need, then start buying it or renting it."
Unlike in Clinton's ill-fated 2008 campaign, jobs will not go to those with connections but to applicants who have the most to offer, Politico said. Still, many digital veterans from that campaign are likely to be welcomed back. Among others well-positioned for roles are techies working at Ready for Hillary, which has already done digital ground work for any campaign.
Clinton is not expected to make an announcement about her candidacy until April.
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