Person

Andrew Bleeker

Residence:

Washington, DC

Occupation:

President of Bully Pulpit Interactive

Andrew Bleeker is a digital marketing and communications strategist. He has led digital marketing teams for several prominent Democratic campaigns, including Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, his 2012 re-election campaign, the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, and the campaigns of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY).

In 2009, Bleeker founded Bully Pulpit Interactive, a digital marketing and communications company focused on digital campaigning for Democrats and left-leaning organizations. [1]

Bleeker and Bully Pulpit Interactive worked for the successful Biden presidential campaign in 2020 and have since expanded the firm’s client base to corporate customers, leveraging the past experiences and products of these prior Democratic campaigns. [2]

Career

Bleeker graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007. [3] In 2008, Bleeker was the lead digital marketing director on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and continued that role in 2012. He was also a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton when she served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State. [4]

Bleeker was the global digital practice leader at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a public relations consulting company, from 2011 to 2015. [5]

He founded Bully Pulpit Interactive, a digital marketing and communications company, in 2009. [6]

Since 2020 Bleeker has been on the board of the LaGrant Foundation, a 501(c)(3) focused on increasing minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing, and public relations. [7]

Political Affiliations

In 2004, Bleeker was on John Kerry’s campaign committee internet team. [8]

In 2009, after he led digital marketing for the Obama campaigns, he founded Bully Pulpit Interactive, which focused on digital campaigning for Democrats. [9] Bully Pulpit Interactive helped elect Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate in 2012, Bill de Blasio New York Mayor in 2013, and Terry McAuliffe  Virginia Governor in 2013. In 2014, Bully Pulpit Interactive did work for NextGen Climate Action, the Tom Steyer-funded environmental organization. [10]

In 2015 Bleeker was a top advisor to the Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign technology team. [11] He was an online strategy consultant for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 re-election campaign. [12]

In 2020, Bleeker and Bully Pulpit Interactive were involved in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. The company developed a product that monitors online chatter and identifies and addresses false online information about the Democratic candidate. Bully Pulpit Interactive is expanding their client base to corporate clients, promoting this newly developed product as well as the recent White House experience. [13]

Additional Democratic and liberal organizations and nonprofits that have employed Bully Pulpit Interactive services include EMILY’s List, a PAC focused on electing pro-abortion Democratic women to the House and Senate;[14] Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in the world;[15] the Bloomberg Family Foundation (Bloomberg Philanthropies) created by left-leaning billionaire and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg,[16] and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a social-liberal activist organization. [17][18]

References

  1. “Hambycast: The nerd science of campaigning” CNN Politics. October 24, 2014. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/politics/hambycast-campaign-science/index.html ^
  2. “The Power Brokers of the Biden Era” OZY.com – The Daily Dose. November 27, 2020. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.ozy.com/pg/newsletter/the-daily-dose/406525/ ^
  3. “60 Seconds with Andrew Bleeker ‘07” Wesleyan University website. Accessed July 14, 2021.     http://videos.wesleyan.edu/detail/video/5761029887001 ^
  4. Arthur W. Page Society website – Events – 2020 Page Spring Seminar – Speakers – Andrew Bleeker. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://page.org/events/2020-page-spring-seminar/speakers/andrew-bleeker ^
  5. LinkedIn – Andrew Bleeker. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-bleeker-b7a9a72a/ ^
  6. Bully Pulpit Interactive – Leadership – Andrew Bleeker. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://bpimedia.com/member/andrew-bleeker ^
  7. The Lagrant Foundation. Board of Directors. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.lagrantfoundation.org/Board ^
  8. “Andrew Bleeker Quotes.” Quotes.net. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.quotes.net/authors/Andrew+Bleeker ^
  9. “Hambycast: The nerd science of campaigning” CNN Politics. October 24, 2014. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/politics/hambycast-campaign-science/index.html ^
  10. “Hambycast: The nerd science of campaigning” CNN Politics. October 24, 2014. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.cnn.com/2014/10/24/politics/hambycast-campaign-science/index.html ^
  11. “Hilary’s Nerd Squad” Politico. March 25, 2015. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/hillarys-nerd-squad-116402 ^
  12. “Cuomo staffs up re-election campaign with former Obama and Clinton consultants”. New York Daily News. July 9, 2018. Accessed July 13, 2018. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-cuomo-clinton-obama-nixon-20180708-story.html ^
  13. “The Power Brokers of the Biden Era” OZY.com – The Daily Dose. November 27, 2020. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://www.ozy.com/pg/newsletter/the-daily-dose/406525/ ^
  14. Emily’s List website. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.emilyslist.org/ ^
  15. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website. Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ ^
  16. Influence Watch – Bloomberg Family Foundation (Bloomberg Philanthropies). Accessed July 14, 2021. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/bloomberg-family-foundation-bloomberg-philanthropies/ ^
  17. Influence Watch – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Accessed July 14, 2021.  https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/american-civil-liberties-union-aclu/ ^
  18. “Bully Pulpit: Marketing for a Better World” Wesleyan University Magazine. September 7, 2018. Accessed July 13, 2021. https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2018/11/20/clark-99-bleeker-07-bully-pulpit-markets-for-a-better-world/ ^
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