QuickQuotes

Communications strategist Andy Brack is frequently cited in national publications on a wide range of issues. Below are some key quotes from a variety of sources, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor.

Dumb bills. "There are a zillion of them," said Andy Brack, editor and publisher of the SC Statehouse Report at www.statehousereport.com. "What appears to happen this year is they're moving away from new license plates for everything to becoming music critics... At least they like B.B. King."

  • The (Charleston) Post and Courier, April 8, 2003

E-mail in campaigns: "E-mail newsletters can keep supporters interested over long periods of time. Somebody who gets a newsletter for a year damn sure will vote for you and will tell friends."

  • Andy Brack, Associated Press, Nov. 1, 2002

"'Mass e-mailings to a limited but extremely interested audience makes everyone feel a part of the family,'" said Andy Brack, an Internet political consultant and president of Brack Network Strategies in Charleston, S.C. "'If you don't do it, you're not using the medium properly.' "

'People get addicted to good e-mail like they get addicted to good chocolate,' he said."

  • From "Bulk E-Mail Becomes the Politician's Tool," a story by Rebecca Fairley Raney, The New York Times, July 22, 1998.

Encouraging technological innovation: “New leadership is needed, one that will embrace cooperative efforts for research and technology, plus make the most of what we already have....Improving the research base [in the South] will allow entrepreneurial ‘spinoffs’ in the region. If local leaders embrace technological initiatives, it gives communities the impetus to boost their online government efforts individually."

  • Excerpted from the Charleston Regional Business Journal, Sept. 10, 2001.

Democracy divide: "The Internet may provide a way of crossing that great divide between the political world and its alienated constituency," said Andy Brack, editor of NetPulse, an on-line magazine devoted to the Internet in politics....Some [analysts] say the potential for a digital divide is remote. Others differ. That divide, says Brack, "is more than likely."

  • From "Hoping to be president and Web master," The Boston Globe, March 21, 1999.

Online campaigning: "If you invest campaign cash unwisely in the Net world, you may become part of the bleeding edge, instead of the leading edge. Democratic consultant Andy Brack of South Carolina described the difficulties in organizing "interactive mouse potatoes," and displayed a business-card sized, $2 CD-ROM that can put a campaign's whole story before a contributor of volunteer."

  • From "The Net Effect on Campaigning? Gaining Strength," a column by David Nyhan, The Boston Globe, Dec. 6, 1998.

Online social responsibility: "After the summer meeting at Harvard on using the Internet to encourage people to vote, two well-known figures in the world of electronic democracy talked others into making it happen. Andy Brack, an Internet political consultant and president of Brack Network Strategies in Charleston, S.C., teamed up with Steven Clift, an Internet strategies consultant. After they signed on the big-name sponsors, Brack recruited major Web sites to participate, and Clift worked on the project as a coordinator.

"Brack said the way the campaign came together illustrates the power of the Internet in itself.

"'The Internet is the perfect medium because just a few people can make a difference,' he said. He called the campaign "online social responsibility.'"

  • From "Drive for Political Awareness Puts Out an 'Electronic Yard Sign'," by Rebecca Fairley Raney, The New York Times, Oct. 6, 1998

Internet and politics: "[In June in California] there were so MANY candidates in statewide races, somewhere around 90, that there were too many websites out there for regular people to make sense of. So what they went to...is they kinda of went to default advocacy organization sites who arranged and categorized the information from chaos into something of order."

  • Andy Brack on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Aug. 17, 1998.
 

 

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