Patrick Ruffini

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Patrick Ruffini
OccupationCurrent CEO of Echelon Insights, a research, analytics, and digital intelligence firm[1]
Known forPolitical strategism[2] and blogging

Patrick Ruffini [3] is a Republican Party pollster and political strategist[2] in the United States. He founded Engage, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based political media firm, and now runs the political research and intelligence firm, Echelon Insights[1]



Ruffini grew up in France, Italy, and Greenwich, Connecticut, and graduated high school in 1996 from Greenwich High School.[4][5] He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.[3][6]


Ruffini began blogging in 2001, and has been a front-page contributor for RedState and In the 2004 election, Ruffini served as webmaster for the Bush-Cheney campaign. Following the 2008 election, Ruffini co-authored the Rebuild the Party platform for Republican renewal.[7]

From 2005 to 2007, Ruffini served as eCampaign Director at the Republican National Committee (RNC).[8]

In 2007, Ruffini founded Engage, LLC, a political media firm.[9]

In 2008, he co-founded The Next Right, a forum for the youth conservative movement.[8] Reihan Salam wrote in Atlantic in 2008 that Ruffini "looks poised to become one of the most influential Republican political strategists of his generation."[10] 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.[11][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.[12] In 2010, Ruffini assisted on the Senate campaign of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election.[13][14]

In 2013, he was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage in the United States during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.[15]



  • 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.

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  1. ^ a b "New Firm Aims To Fix The Chronic Republican Problem Of Bad Polling". BuzzFeed News.
  2. ^ a b Harnden, Toby (January 11, 2010). "The most influential US conservatives: 100-81". The Telegraph. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Patrick Ruffini". Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 9, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ "Campaign '96 - Web site of the week". The Spokesman-Review. August 4, 1996.
  6. ^ Edsall, Thomas B. (September 23, 2008). "Rising Conservative Star Patrick Ruffini Riles The Right". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Salam, Reihan (October 2008). Planting the Rightroots. The Atlantic. Retrieved on October 31, 2010.
  8. ^ a b Campaigns & Elections | Connecting all players in the world of politics. Retrieved on October 31, 2010. Archived April 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "About Engage". Engage LLC (Official website). Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Planting the Rightroots". The Atlantic. October 2008.
  11. ^ "Patrick Ruffini". Engage DC. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  12. ^ Judd, Nick (January 7, 2010). Springtime for Republican Political Technology?. Retrieved on October 31, 2010.
  13. ^ Ruffini, Patrick. (January 21, 2010). Lessons of the Mass. revolt: Feel the anger. Retrieved on October 31, 2010.
  14. ^ Salam, Reihan (January 20, 2010). Patrick Ruffini Matters, National Review
  15. ^ Avlon, John (February 28, 2013). "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 7, 2019.

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