Welcome to Democracy in Action P2016.org
P2016 | P2012 | P2008
fifth in a series of quadrennial websites by
Democracy in Action designed to help
readers follow and
understand presidential campaigns. It is being rolled out in
phases. Currently the focus is on Key Players
(candidates/potential candidates and their organizations, political
parties, interest groups, media and voters), Chronology, Photodog
(photo coverage), and general developments affecting the presidential
Eric M. Appleman
An overarching objective is to make the site better every day, and my
main focus has always been on getting the content right. Readers
will note, for example, that P2016 does not perform optimally on mobile
devices. (Any experts in responsive design who would be willing
to help rectify this, please call or email!). Navigation
and design have improved since P2000, but you may have
(Note that if you get lost, clicking on the top banner or the bottom
"Democracy in Action" will always take you back, or there is always the
back on your browser).
tools in following the campaign, but believe that keeping up a robust
Twitter/Facebook presence would distract from the main objective.
Finally, there is much room for improvement in the area of financial support for Democracy in
Action. The PayPal button is under-utilized. The $20 bill
or loose change in an envelope approach works well too. I am open
to partnerships, takeovers and other proposals to
work of P2016 and appreciate reader input and suggestions.
in Action launched on the web in May 1998, building on my work since
1989. Broadly, the aim is to educate citizens about the
political process and their role in making it work. Specifically
the objective is to provide news, context and perspective on
I have not incorporated Democracy in Action, but it has been my pen
name day in and day out since launch. Democracy in Action has absolutely no connection
with MoveOn or DemocracyinAction.org (which both arrived on the scene
later) or with any other group. This is non-ideological,
non-partisan project dedicated to educating citizens about and
documenting presidential campaigns
and political communications generally.
I'm interested in
political entities from across the
spectrum are communicating their ideas. I seek to understand what
works and what does not. My particular interest
visual aspects of political communications—images that
resonate. Early editions of this site were been built and
on The George Washington University server (it was known to many as
"the GW site").
In addition to the websites, I have pursued several other projects at
Democracy in Action.
Prior to running the websites, I developed CD-ROMs on the 1992
and 1996 presidential campaigns.
I edited, in collaboration with
the Association of American Editorial
Cartoonists, two books: “The Race for the 2008 Democratic Nomination”
and “The Race for the 2008 Republican Nomination” (Pelican Publishing,
I have done work on magazine cover portrayal of presidential campaigns
and presidents from 1999 to the present, organizing three exhibits. If
you have a suitable venue, covers are available for exhibits.
I have assembled a library of general election campaign literature from
almost every major candidate for U.S. Senate and governor since
1989. 2014 marked the 25th
of the Campaign
Although the importance of campaign literature has declined with the
rise of the Internet, basic literature pieces can
tell us much about the candidates and issues of the day.
Ultimately, I would like to conduct an academic and historic
materials across election
cycles. looking at
issues highlighted and key words
as well as the photographs, images and graphics used on
basic literature pieces.
I have managed all aspects of this work including covering hundreds of
major and minor events (photography and writing) Iowa caucus and NH
primary campaigns and national conventions since the 1996 cycle as well
as doing research,
editing and design.
Great professors at The George Washington University, where I
graduated with a B.A. in political communication summa cum laude, were critical to
understanding of the presidential campaign process. While at GW,
I organized an exhibit at Gelman Library on the 1992 campaign, and I
started working on my Field Guide to
the 1992 Presidential
Campaign CD-ROM. Next, under contract, I developed the
content for a CD-ROM on the 1996 presidential campaign, in conjunction
with WMUR-TV. I started online in May 1998 with the P2000 website
and have continued with the P2004,
P2008, P2012 sites and now this P2016
website. I have also
earned a certificate in graphic and web design from the CDIA at Boston
University in Washington, DC. You can find out about other things
I'm interested in here.
small donations to
help with this work would be greatly
appreciated (contributions are
not tax-deductible and will be reported as income). Large
donations are also helpful.
I'd like know
what you think. If you have ideas,
suggestions, comments or criticisms please send an
email (action08@gmail...) with a clear subject line.
Thank you for
your input and your consideration.
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