I have a new post up on the Washington Post’s WhoRunsGov blog Beltwiki about social media use by Exploratory Committees. Here’s a blurb and a link to the article.
Presidential Exploratory Committees. We’ve all heard of them, but not everyone knows why they’re used by nearly every presidential (and some lesser offices) aspirant before they declare themselves to be official candidates. PECs are not for a potential candidate to actually explore a decision on whether to run or not – they already know they want to run. All the exploratory committee does is it allows the aspiring politician to raise money toward testing-the-water activities without having to become a candidate and follow the myriad of Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign rules and regulations.