Melissa Sellers (right), who has served as communications director for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (center), is joining Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office.
"At this critical juncture for every campaign, when money is tight and every vote matters, the services we provide through our partnership with CallFire provide an affordable way for candidates and campaigns to connect with volunteers and voters," NGP VAN CEO Stuart Trevelyan said in a statement.
According to a release, campaign staff and volunteers using NGP VAN's VoteBuilder platform to access a voter file could select "RoboCall Using CallFire" and "RoboSurvey Using CallFire" to identify voters and collect polling and other information without leaving the VoteBuilder platform. Among NGP VAN's clients are President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
"This partnership is a game-changer because it puts the same telephony tools available to the Obama campaign into the hands of thousands of other national, state and local campaigns," CallFire CEO Dinesh Ravishanker said in a statement.
On to November
With his Member-vs.-Member primary far behind him, New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell (D) announced the campaign team that he hopes will lead him to victory in November.
David Parano, a longtime Bergen County operative, is taking over as campaign manager after serving as field director for Pascrell during the primary against Rep. Steven Rothman (D).
Pascrell's consulting team includes Murphy Vogel Askew Reilly for media, Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group for polling, Ray Ferraioli for fundraising and Tom Erickson for Washington, D.C.-based fundraising.
The rest of his campaign team includes Pascrell's son, Bill Pascrell III, as campaign chairman, former Pascrell Chief of Staff Ed Farmer as political director, Ryan Yacco as field director, Bernadette McPherson as outreach and operations director, Sean Darcy assisting with message and media development, Keith Furlong as spokesman, Jacqueline Grindrod as finance director and Al Spivey for get-out-the-vote efforts.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.