Katherine

Thank you for your prompt response.  I am surprised that at no stage would
anyone have seen any reason to question whether a political strategist was
the best person to be consulting over running a strategy survey.

"Rogol"

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 1:12 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Rogol,
>
> They are a vendor we have used in the past to conduct focus groups and run
> surveys for the annual fundraiser in the five largest English speaking
> countries. We were satisfied with the quality of their work in the past, so
> we contacted them again to discuss whether they had appropriate expertise
> for this instance.
>
> I do not have particular insight as to how we came to work with them in the
> first place a few years ago. As with many vendors we work with, I expect it
> was a combination of research, referral, and/or past successful working
> relationship.
>
>
>
> On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 14:11 Rogol Domedonfors <domedonf...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> Katherine
>
> At some point it would be interesting to learn how the external consultants
> were selected.  I note, for example, that Lake Associates describes itself
> as working "side by side with our clients on developing communications and
> paid media, targeting supporters, and honing the messages that win
> persuadable voters" and Celinda Lake as "one of the Democratic Party's
> leading political strategists".  On what grounds was this company selected
> to work on "proposed market research and recommendations on firms or
> contractors (including Lake) who could conduct desk and/or generative
> research", which seems very far from their self-proclaimed field of
> expertise?
>
> "Rogol"
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