• Political Campaign Budget: Voter Contact Tactics for The Win

    Mar 04, 2019 by Elena Veatch

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    Political Campaign Budget? Which Tactics Belong. 

    You’ve decided you’re ready to run for office and now it’s time to budget for a winning political campaign—where to begin?

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  • Campaign Chairman vs. Campaign Manager: What’s the Difference?

    Sep 28, 2017 by Ben Holse (he/him)

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    Campaign Chair vs Campaign Manager

    When you first file your candidacy for office, in many jurisdictions your paperwork will ask you to declare a campaign chairperson. You expected that you’d need to hire a campaign manager at some point, but why do you need a campaign chair? Anyway, you think, I’m sure Cousin Larry could do it.

    Well, before you just pick a name out of a hat, it’s important to recognize that your campaign chairperson can be a valuable position and should serve a very different role than your campaign manager.

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  • 10 Political Consultant Problems

    Sep 07, 2017 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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    Political Consultants and Your Campaign: Problems and Solutions

    Do you hate or love your political consultant? As the world of political consulting has grown, so have issues that organizations and candidates face with their political consultants.

    To be clear, some political consultant problems are easily solved, and some are not. Picking the right campaign consultants with the right approach and being clear on goals or roles can help a lot. Here is our list of political consulting problems and some basic solutions for them: 

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  • Campaign Job | Climbing the political Ladder

    Dec 30, 2016 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Making the Most of Campaign Jobs

    Campaign jobs are a good place to start your career. When you first start to work on campaigns, everything is new and exciting. For many of us, we didn’t care what kind of grunt work we did; we just wanted to be in the fight. But, if a long-term career in politics interests you, there are some smart steps you can take early on with a campaign job that will help advance your career.

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  • GOTV: What To Do With Your Leaners

    Nov 01, 2016 by Ben Holse (he/him)

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    A GOTV Question for the Ages – What to Do With Your "2s"?

    ID-ing your supporters is an important part of any field campaign especially for GOTV. There are a variety of ways for Voter ID to help Get Out The Vote. One common method of voter ID using a 1-6 scale to measure each individual’s support score, with 1 being a solid supporter, 3 undecided, 5 firmly opposed, and a 6 not home.

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  • Starting a Campaign: What Every Staffer Should Know

    Jan 11, 2016 by Ben Holse (he/him)

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    Tips for Starting A Campaign

    Starting a campaign is a huge challenge and will prove to be much different than any other job you've ever had. It is hard work and you don’t get to clock out like you would a regular 9 – 5. Starting a campaign means being fully committed and putting the rest of your life on hold. Below are a few other things that every staffer should know before starting a campaign.

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  • Campaign Staff Structure

    Aug 31, 2015

    Campaign Staff Structure

    How Should You Structure Your Campaign Staff?

    When thinking about whether or not you’re ready to run for office, one important step in the process is figuring out who will make up your team. A candidate’s campaign staff is incredibly important in not only making a campaign successful but also more manageable and fun for the candidate and everyone else involved. Obviously, larger campaigns will require a more robust team, but even a small campaign will need a few essential staff members.

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  • Employee Retention: My Employee is Leaving— Now What?

    Jul 23, 2015 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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    Employee Retention: How to Act With Class and Style When an Employee Is Leaving

    Employee retention is hard. When an employee is leaving your business, as the proprietor, there is an instinct to feel rejected and think “I must have done something to make them leave."  When people leave my business, I have these thoughts as well. An employee moving on is never easy, but having good employees ultimately means opportunities will come knocking. With that said, here are a few tips I have used over the years when an employee is about to leave.

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  • Campaign Job Descriptions

    Jul 20, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

    Campaign Job Descriptions

    Before you start your campaign for office, build the right campaign structure. It’s important you know the campaign job descriptions for all of your staff.

    Below, you’ll find a complete list of campaign job descriptions that you might find in a race of moderate size.

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  • Non-Profit Web Presence

    Jul 15, 2015 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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    Your Non-Profit Web Presence and Learning from Big Think Tanks

    CAP, Urban Institute, the Economic Policy Institute, and others are well-respected organizations that have a lot of authority with the press and on the web. We can learn a lot from big think tanks when it comes to your non-profit web presence.

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  • GOTV: What Do You Need for Get Out The Vote?

    Jun 26, 2014 by Sophie Thurber (she/her)

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    GOTV is Your Friend (With Benefits)

    GOTV matters. Campaigns require long hours, uncomfortable conversations about money and immense dedication from the candidate, staffers and volunteers.  After all the time and money you pour into a campaign (not to mention your sanity), it’s important to finish strong with a robust GOTV program.  Here are a few things to think about for Get Out The Vote as you plan your last push to the finish line:

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  • Campaign Management Process : Stop Decision Fatigue

    Apr 24, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Campaign Management Style -  Avoid Decision Fatigue 

    Running for office, campaign management, and working on campaigns for that matter, are really about making quick, informed decisions and a lot of them. Particularly at the beginning, there are a lot of things to decide on right away in your campaign management process: what office, what party, who to hire, who to target, what medium, who to call for money, how much to ask for, etc. The whole process can get away from you and turn into a paralyzing rumination if you’re not careful.

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