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Jones Mandel

Information is Power

Political campaigns crave contrast—contrasts of ideas, styles, political positions, and biographies.  Creating contrast and delivering messages that attract voters requires research. 

Jones Mandel works with candidates, political committees, campaigns, and political action committees to provide trusted political research & strategic counsel to build effective and winning campaigns.

Who We Are

The Jones Mandel team is driven by our work ethic and curiosity.

We root ourselves in thorough work and responsive client service. Our team loves to compete and we are proud of our winning record. We’ve successfully helped elect dozens of leaders, from U.S. Presidents, governors, senators, U.S. House members, and other elected officials.

Benjamin Jones
CEO & Partner

Benjamin Jones

Benjamin fell in love with the energy, excitement and passion of campaign politics during the successful re-election of his home state Governor, Zell Miller. Since then, he has steadily worked in several capacities and built three consulting firms over 27 years. His wide-ranging professional experience includes: political campaign consulting, crisis communications research, issue management, competitive intelligence for corporations, non-profits and issue groups. Today, Ben is driven by running a successful company, building great teams, solving problems for clients and introducing research to a new generation. Ben has a masters degree from George Washington University and lives in Seattle with his wife, 3 kids and dog Mudd. When not working, you will find Ben with his family at an event for one of his middle school kids, walking the dog, at the gym, playing golf, reading or attempting some new outdoor activity with patient friends and family.
Ian Mandel
COO & Partner

Ian Mandel

Ian is one of the Democratic Party’s most sought-after research strategists. He has helped dozens of clients win election as governor, to the U.S. Senate, to the U.S. House of Representatives and as president of the United States. Ian is the long-time research consultant for the Democratic National Committee, overseeing the Democratic Party’s public record research. In the private sector, Ian has used the research and communications tactics and strategies honed over years in politics to help businesses, law firms and organizations achieve their goals. His private sector clients range from Fortune 100 companies, to privately-held health care and renewable energy businesses. For both his political and non-political clients, Ian offers a strategic research approach that solves problems, while positioning clients to succeed and prepare for all contingencies. A native of New York, Ian attended Hamilton College and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Evan Cook
Vice President

Evan Cook

Evan joined Jones Mandel during the 2018 election cycle. An experienced researcher, Evan has led self and opposition research projects for clients and campaigns doing political work in over a dozen states. Prior to entering political research, Evan graduated with a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor's Degree in History from Gannon University. Evan is a native Ohioan, and currently lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with his foxhound, Chloe.
Henry Kapp
Senior Director

Henry Kapp

Henry joined the Jones Mandel team during the 2020 election cycle after graduating from Hamilton College with a government degree. Prior to entering political research, he held internships at a government affairs firm and the Jay Gonzalez gubernatorial campaign in his home state of Massachusetts. While he remains an avid Red Sox fan, Henry has since moved to Washington, D.C., where he enjoys running and meeting neighborhood dogs.
Lindsay Steinberg
Senior Director

Lindsay Steinberg

Taylor Holst

Taylor Holst

What We Do

We offer user-friendly self and opposition research reports and customized strategic retainers to work with your campaign or organization. Our firm works best when fully integrated into a campaign’s message operation. We build each engagement with a team of researchers, led by a partner or a senior-level researcher, who are adept at finding information, building narratives, and advising clients on how to use the information we find.

Know Your Story

Understand the strengths, weaknesses, & blind spots of any candidate, cause, or initiative through background & self-research.

  • Candidate Self Research for message planning
  • Candidate Perception & Reputation
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Positive accomplishments and biographical reference

Know Your Opponent

Understand your opponent’s position relative to you & develop contrast to create winning messages.

  • Opposition Research
  • Create contrasts to drive interest in your campaign
  • Develop research narratives for polling and message development

Know Your People

Ensure that your people are a good fit for your campaign’s culture and values by vetting:

  • Key personnel & Staff
  • Key personnel & staff
  • Appointees & Transitions
  • Donors and event hosts
  • Endorsements from people or organizations

Consulting and Advisory Services

Fully integrate Jones Mandel into your campaign team to maximize the impact of our research. We have developed a team approach that seamlessly integrates with your team to provide: 

  • Factual Backups for paid communications
  • Rapid Response Research
  • Debate Prep
  • Strategic Input based on our 50+ years of campaign experience
  • Rebuttal Planning

How It Works

Regardless of your type of campaign or initiative, our tailored approach is rooted in 5 key steps.

We dive deep to understand our client’s unique goals & challenges. And then design projects that help them succeed.


Project Intake


Research Begins


In-depth Analysis


Research Presented


Consulting Services

Who Trusts Us

We care deeply about our clients and are driven to help them succeed. Since 2015, more than 650 clients have trusted Jones Mandel. Politics is a true team sport and we are thrilled to be a part of many successful teams including: 2 presidents, 17 governors, 18 senators, dozens of U.S. House members, and many down-ballot campaigns.

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