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FEC Reports Reveal Sizable Fundraising Advantage

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reports filed by 1,357 candidates and party committees with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Sunday night show that campaigns using Aristotle software are doing significantly better in fundraising than those who use any one of the three next most popular products. 

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The results include Democrats, Republicans, challengers, incumbents and open seat campaigns and party committees that were required to file their financial disclosure reports electronically for the first quarter of 2012.  The FEC tallies the technology used by each committee to file their reports.

On average, of 1357 campaign committees listed, those using Aristotle raised an average of $809,058 .  Those using NGP raised $466,628, which was on average 44.7% less than Aristotle clients; FECFile clients raised $135,575 on average; and NetFile clients raised $285,365 on average, according to the reports filed with the FEC.  

"If anyone needed proof that powerful data mining works, this is it," said Aristotle CEO John Aristotle Phillips. "This is a very substantial financial advantage made possible by patent-pending data mining. Show me a campaign that could not benefit from an additional $342,430.

"We give campaigns the tools to find those who want to give, and make it easy for the contribution to be made, legally. We allow fundraisers to access, mine and harness millions of state contributor records so that no money is left on the table."

Aristotle's platform incorporates detailed state contributor and voter lists with highly accurate consumer databases to illuminate exactly how much a donor has given, how much they can give, and to suggest the maximum they might agree to contribute where allowed by law.

Aristotle is non-partisan. "Our place is not to pick candidates or parties we may agree with, but rather to provide all candidates and all parties and every advocacy group the tools they need to get their message out, to compete at the ballot box, so the voters can decide," said Phillips. "We are a non-partisan provider because we believe in the democratic process."

"Campaigns using Aristotle's products not only raise more money, we also guarantee compliance," former FEC Chairman and Aristotle Senior Vice President of Compliance Services David Mason said. "The Aristotle system safeguards campaigns against embarrassing stories that could potentially derail a campaign."

About Aristotle

Aristotle has delivered smarter tools to political campaigns since 1983. Every U.S. President -- Democrat and Republican -- from Reagan through Obama, has used Aristotle products and/or services, as have many U.S. Senators, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic and Republican state party organizations and other major campaigns worldwide.

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