With a flurry of recent positive stories about Republican gains on the technology front, one would think all is rosy for the party. (Or as the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Matt Lira tweeted: “If self-congratulatory articles were products, Republicans would be in a great technology place right now.”)
An article from the New York Times over the weekend — which generally continues the self-congratulatory trend — contains a paragraph worth noting, however:
Finding talent has been harder than finding money. The party has provided about $17 million, a substantial amount, to spend from October 2013 through November 2014, and Data Trust, which is privately held, has a comparable budget. (Themis had about $10 million in revenue in 2012, according to its tax returns; Catalist takes in subscriber fees of $5 million to $9 million a year, it says, and devotes more than $6 million to new research and development.) But Mr. Barkett says he has hired only about 14 people for the Republican National Committee and 12 at Data Trust, half the number he hopes to have by spring.
Clearly the Republican Party has prioritized tech enhancements and recruiting, so this revelation doesn’t set off loud alarm bells yet, but it certainly should be cause for taking a deep breath from the cheerleading of the past week or so.