Photo: Kira DerryberryJoe Clements, left, and Matt Farrar teamed up to create a software program called Bundl that tracks political fundraising for lobbying firms and other fundraising "bundlers."
Profile of ‘Bundl' -- software that tracks political fundraising
A little over two years ago, on an early spring morning in Tallahassee, not long after Florida lawmakers had fled the city following the end of the annual legislative session, three friends met for coffee a few blocks from the Capitol.
Joe Clements, a former legislative aide, and Matt Farrar, a former lobbyist, had decided to strike out on their own and were looking for an angle that they could build into a business. Andy Palmer, a lobbyist with Metz, Husband & Daughton happened to have one.
Tracking that fundraising operation was a headache. Metz had monitored everything via a Microsoft Access database that few people in the firm really knew how to use. A handful of Excel spreadsheets never displayed precisely the right information that people wanted to see.
Inside Goodies, a sandwich shop popular with Tallahassee’s lobby corps, the Metz firm’s headache became Clements and Farrar’s opportunity. The result was Bundl, a web application to track political fundraising for lobbying firms and other “bundlers.”
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