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WASHINGTON, DC – With Election Day fast approaching, NGP VAN (NGPVAN.com), the nation’s leading technology provider to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations including President Obama’s re-election, and Revolution Messaging (RevolutionMessaging.com), a leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world, today announced a partnership that will bring mobile SMS solutions to thousands of Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations across the country enabling them to send rapid response, get out the vote (GOTV), supporter mobilization, and other text messages to supporters on their mobile phones

NGP VAN also offers campaigns and organizations mobile fundraising solutions including mobile web-friendly contribution forms. Ultimately, NGP VAN and Revolution messaging will offer the ability to have supporters make contributions via text message.
 
With the November election fast approaching, NGP VAN remains committed to providing our Democratic and progressive clients with the competitive advantage they need to win this fall,” said Stuart Trevelyan, NGP VAN’s CEO. He continued, “Partnering with Revolution Messaging was a no-brainer. Now our clients will be able to reach their supporters on the go with important updates and calls to action right in the palms of their hands. Equally exciting, as of today our clients can conduct text fundraising through our mobile phone contribution forms, and we’ll soon be offering clients the ability to collect direct contributions via text messages. Best of all, it will all be seamlessly integrated with our industry leading campaign finance reporting and compliance technologies.”

It's no secret that more and more political news and breaking information will be viewed on mobile phones and tablets,” said Scott Goodstein, Revolution Messaging’s CEO and Founder. “But are campaigns ready to take advantage of the action when the story breaks? It's time to mobilize activists to take real actions with their smartphones, especially now that the new text message donation system in place. We are excited to work with NGP VAN and their clients to combine these powerful mobile tools with their robust compliance database system and make sure their campaigns are reaching supporters directly on their cell phones even faster during this year’s crucial election."

 
Revolution Messaging's expert mobile services combined with NGP VAN’s industry leading voter contact and campaign finance reporting/compliance technologies provide Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations with an incredibly powerful combination of services. The partnership also provides clients with the ability to take contributions via text message mobile payments fully synchronized with NGP VAN's reporting system, and signup pages flow directly into Revolution Messaging's backend, giving users seamless reporting.
 
As a result of the partnership, thousands of NGP VAN's Democratic and progressive clients will receive discounted introductory rates for Revolution Messaging’s expert mobile services including CTIA-compliant text messaging for rapid response and other communications with supporters. The partnership also provides NGP VAN clients with easy to use mobile web-friendly contribution forms. For clients, that will mean seamless mobile contributions and compliance.
 
BACKGROUND
 
NGP VAN is a pioneer in the mobile space, having integrated mobile devices into canvassing starting in 2003.  Many Democrats and progressives running canvass programs, including President Obama’s re-election campaign, now utilize the free MiniVAN iOS (iPhone, iTouch, and iPad) and Android apps to provide canvassers with walk lists and scripts, and replace soggy clipboards with digital data entry and accountability features.  More than 100,000 canvassers have used these mobile tools to conduct tens of millions of contacts.  NGP VAN also provides mobile-browser online contribution pages.
 
Revolution Messaging helped establish a more accessible, affordable and transparent system for text message donation through an advisory opinion request filed with the Federal Election Commission. After a long, hard, well worth it fight, the FEC approved the request to expand mobile payments and save thousands of dollars for political campaigns. Campaigns will now be able to use shared short codes with a faster set-up time, as well as share the costs with other campaigns – saving tens of thousands of dollars in set up fees alone.  Revolution Messaging also ensured that mobile contributions would be able to be processed and reported, not just marked as an anonymous donation – making this method a true payment channel for committees to solicit and report contributions of donors. By integrating with NGP VAN, clients will easily be able to text into Revolution Messaging's payment system and have contributions aggregate directly into their compliance reports.
 
ABOUT NGP VAN
 
NGP VAN (NGPVAN.com) is the leading technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, offering clients an integrated platform of the best fundraising, field, and new media products. NGP VAN counts thousands of campaigns and organizations amongst its clients, including President Obama’s reelection, all the national Democratic committees, thousands of Democratic campaigns, and hundreds of labor unions, progressive and non-partisan PACs, and other organizations. Publications like TechCrunchMashable, andClickZ recently covered the launch of NGP VAN’s innovative Social Organizing product, writing, “The potential power of Social Organizing is impressive.”

 
ABOUT REVOLUTION MESSAGING
 
Revolution Messaging (RevolutionMessaging.com) is the leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world. They offer not just the technology, but also the guidance that comes from over 25 years of political and non-profit experience. Revolution Messaging provides the most modern strategies available to build your organization's social and mobile engagements.  Revolution Messaging's team builds custom mobile technology for organizing that includes: text messaging services, mobile apps, mobile video calling tools for lobbying, and mobile advertising for persuasion.