This dissertation examines the extent to which the flow of influence and innovation between commercial and political marketers is bidirectional and operating as a feedback loop rather than merely being a unidirectional flow from commercial to political marketers as is commonly assumed in the political marketing literature. It uses in-depth elite interviews to examine that subject matter and those interviews are also used to answer three research questions: First, to what extent is political marketing influencing the practice of commercial marketing? Second, how have changes in marketing strategies and technology impacted both political and commercial marketing? Third, what are the likely consequences of the relationship between political marketing and commercial marketing? With these research questions in mind, analysis focuses on two broad areas that exemplify the bidirectional flow of influence and innovation being sought for: marketing and technology.