LIVESTREAM: 2020 Election Series with John Thomas and Dan Schnur
How does social media impact campaigns and our Democracy?

John Thomas

President & CEO, Thomas Partner Strategies

Dan Schnur (moderator)

Professor, USC Annenberg

April 2, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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This month, we will be focusing on the enormous and often confounding impact of social media on campaigns. Americans have never been so connected to political discussion -- with Facebook and Twitter, people are exposed to politics at all hours of the day. But does this enhance or derail political discourse? How are campaigns using digital strategy – such as memes and viral messaging -- to build momentum? And what effect does the proliferation of digital politics have on United States democracy? John Thomas will parse through these pressing questions and also discuss the RNC’s strategy for Trump’s campaign and the general election.

John Thomas is the founder and President of Thomas Partners Strategies, a full service media, strategy and crisis communications firm. He is actively involved in shaping the political landscape across the nation and specializes in strategy consulting and television creation for political campaigns, corporations, ballot measures, non-profits and universities. Integrated with his communications firm is Thomas Partners Research, a political and corporate polling company.

John has been a Chief Strategist for Republican candidates at nearly every level of office across the country, from County Supervisor to District Attorney to U.S. Senator. The Los Angeles Times has called him “Billy the Kid of Political Battles” for having created some of the most cutting-edge, compelling ads of the 2016 election cycle. John received the Campaign and Elections Magazine Rising Star Award in 2017 for his work as a Republican political strategist for clients across the country. John is also a well-known Southern California radio personality and was an official CNN Political Commentator throughout the 2016 and 2018 cycles.

Dan Schnur (Moderator) is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan is currently the director of the Sacramento Bee’s “California Influencers” series, in which he leads a weekly online conversation among 100 of the state’s most respected experts in politics, government and public policy. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall.

The Kal Eisenberg Breakfast Series on the 2020 Elections will be looking at critical issues and trends, candidate’s positions on domestic and foreign policy, insight on US voters, and analysis of the primaries. Kal Eisenberg understood that our democracy was built on a foundation of spirited but respectful civic discourse and political dialogue. This breakfast series is named in that spirit, and in his memory.

The talks in this series will be moderated by Dan Schnur