|Born||August 2, 1978|
|Occupation||Current CEO of Echelon Insights, a research, analytics, and digital intelligence firm|
|Known for||Political strategism and blogging|
Patrick Ruffini (born August 2, 1978) is a Republican Party political strategist and blogger in the United States. He is a founding partner and Chairman of Engage, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based political media firm, and now runs the political research and intelligence firm, Echelon Insights
Ruffini grew up in France, Italy, and Greenwich, Connecticut, and graduated high school in 1996 from Greenwich High School. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
In the 2004 election, Ruffini served as webmaster for the Bush-Cheney campaign, managing day-to-day operations on the campaign’s Web site and helping oversee development of the grassroots tools that mobilized 1.4 million campaign volunteers. Having come to the campaign with experience as an early political blogger, Ruffini launched and ran the campaign’s blog the first ever affiliated with an incumbent President and led rapid response outreach to the then-burgeoning political blogosphere.
Immediately following the 2008 election, Ruffini co-authored the Rebuild the Party platform for Republican renewal that has attracted the support of over 10,000 online activists and five of the six candidates in the 2009 election for RNC Chairman.
From 2005 to 2007, Ruffini served as eCampaign Director at the Republican National Committee (RNC). As part of the RNC Chairman’s leadership team, Ruffini worked to maximize adoption of new media throughout the Republican Party, producing record online fundraising, designing online organizing tools, and spearheading the party’s blog and social media strategy. Under Ruffini’s leadership, the RNC’s Web traffic led that of the Democratic National Committee for 11 out of 12 months in an otherwise challenging 2006 election year according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
In 2007, Ruffini founded Engage, LLC, a political media firm where he is currently the company's President.
In 2008, he co-founded The Next Right, a forum for rising young leaders on the right shaping the future of the conservative movement. An Atlantic profile published in 2008 concluded that Ruffini “looks poised to become one of the most influential Republican political strategists of his generation.” He has authored a monthly “Digital Democracy” column for Townhall magazine, written for National Review, and appeared as a political analyst on Fox News Channel and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. Ruffini’s analysis of emerging political trends has also appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, PBS MediaShift, and Newsweek.[self-published source?]
In 2009, Ruffini and Engage helped develop the online political strategy for the Bob McDonnell campaign, who won the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election. In 2010, Ruffini assisted on the Senate campaign of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election. Brown's moneybomb raised well over $10 million during the final days of the campaign, propelling him to an upset victory.
- Ruffini, Patrick (January 20, 2012). "Beyond SOPA: A New Birth of Internet Freedom". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Ruffini, Patrick (March 13, 2012). "Unleash America's Grassroots Investors With Crowdfunding". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Harnden, Toby (January 11, 2010). "The most influential US conservatives: 100-81". The Telegraph. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- "Patrick Ruffini". Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Lightman, David (March 24, 1993). Constituents Cool To Clinton's Budget, Hartford Courant (report on 14-year-old Ruffini speaking at town hall in Greenwich for Congressman Chris Shays, criticizing the British health care system)
- (4 August 1996). Campaign ‘96 - Web site of the week, The Spokesman-Review
- Edsall, Thomas B. (September 23, 2008). "Rising Conservative Star Patrick Ruffini Riles The Right". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Salam, Reihan (October 2008). Planting the Rightroots. The Atlantic. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
- Campaigns & Elections | Connecting all players in the world of politics[dead link]. Politicsmagazine.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
- "About Engage". Engage LLC (Official website). Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- "Patrick Ruffini". Engagedc.com. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Judd, Nick (January 7, 2010). Springtime for Republican Political Technology?. TechPresident.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
- Ruffini, Patrick. (January 21, 2010). Lessons of the Mass. revolt: Feel the anger. NYPOST.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
- Salam, Reihan (January 20, 2010). Patrick Ruffini Matters, National Review
- Preston, Mark (March 19, 2009). "GOP follows Obama lead, embraces new media". CNN. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Dailey, Kate (January 16, 2012). "Can online gaming influence a US presidential election?". BBC. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Engage LLC website
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Patrick Ruffini at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Patrick Ruffini in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Patrick Ruffini collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Blog posts at The Next Right
- Greenwald, Glenn (October 15, 2008). "Patrick Ruffini, the demise of the right and the Democratic alternative". Salon Media Group, Inc. Retrieved April 4, 2012.