Niranjan Shah and Many Others Join Ready for Hillary

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate. In 2008, he was an early backer of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Now, he is ready to throw his support to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. He and fellow democrats, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, will headline the Ready for Hillary fundraiser. The pro-Clinton super PAC is running grass-roots support for Clinton’s potential presidential run. These three political powerhouses are listed as guests at the June 5th reception in Chicago, which is hosted by several Obama donors.

 The high-dollar fundraiser highlights the early support for Hillary Clinton from Obama’s political circles. It is good to see them support Hillary, while Vice President Biden thinks about making a presidential run as well. Jim Messina, Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart are Senior staffers for Obama and are advising the Super PACs. Two other Democrats, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, were early supporters of Obama and have already agreed to join Ready for Hillary. The third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York endorsed Hillary on a visit to Iowa.

Senator Dick Durbin was with Obama since he ran against Clinton in 2008. Emanuel was a political advisor for Bill Clinton and chief of staff for Obama. He endorsed Hillary Clinton. Madigan served in Illinois state legislature with Obama and quickly became a rising star.

The Chicago reception is selling tickets at a steakhouse called Phil Stefani’s for $1,000 a seat. This will be the biggest fundraiser for Ready for Hillary. The grass-roots tickets are about $20. Laura Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, will be a co-host and donated a lot to Obama. Her Father Peter Ricketts who founded Ameritrade funds the GOP. Her brother Peter, won the GOP governor nomination for Nebraska.

Other Obama supporters that will host the committee include Jewish leaders Andrea and Alan Solow and political strategist Kevin Conlon. There are many philanthropists and democratic donors going and Niranjan Shah is one of them. He is a successful entrepreneur and democratic donor that is always looking for ways to give back to the community.

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NGP VAN: Transforming the Campaigning Season

This year, midterm elections will be held in the United States. The positions that will be opened range from the Senate down to the lowest official that can be elected. As a result, both the Republican and the Democrat Party are actively campaigning all across the United States to get the most number of votes for their candidates to win. However, campaigning in the United States is a tiring activity. Imagine going from one city to the other, with limited time, trying to convince the people who they would have to vote for. The United States is vast, being one of the largest countries on the planet, and campaign managers are wasting their time and effort by going house to house, just to be rejected by the homeowners. This scenario has been taken advantage of a tech startup called NGP VAN. After realizing the problems that can be encountered during the campaign period, the startup developed an application that will help the campaigners maximize their time and effort for a sure vote.

NGP VAN developed the MiniVan, a mobile application that can be downloaded on AppStore and GooglePlay. Using it would help the campaigners identify the political affiliations of each home in a particular neighborhood. They would no longer need to do a house to house visit, just for them to waste their time. In the United States, people have already decided on which party they would be voting. If a campaigner used the MiniVan application, the neighborhood would be informed about the presence of the campaigners, and a few questions will be asked. Once the residents replied to the messages that would appear on their mobile phones, a real-time tally would start to count the number of people who are willing to accept the campaigners inside their homes. Their political affiliation will be displayed, so there would be no need for an opposing party to visit the house of a self-identified supporter of their rival party.

According to the campaigners, using the MiniVan application has saved them money and time. In the past, they would spend hours to convince everyone in a neighborhood who they would have to vote. Now, they could do it in just a simple touch. Another thing that they pointed out is that they use less paper than previous elections, and because MiniVan could send information in an instant, all of the candidate’s platforms are just converted into text and sent to the people around the neighborhood.