Your Guide to Creating Great Campaign Walk Cards

Campaign Walk Cards Are Only as Good as You Make Them

Walk cards are an important element to any field campaign. They give your canvassers something tangible to discuss at the doors and are a great way to introduce your candidate to voters. Unfortunately, a lot of campaigns create walkcards the wrong way. Below is advice on producing great political walk cards.

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What All Candidates Should Learn From Openly Gay Candidates

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Campaign Advice: Lessons for All Candidates From LGBT Candidates

For a long time,  I have said that LGBT Candidates ( Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender and Gay candidates), tend to be better candidates than their straight counterparts at running for office.  It’s because LGBT  candidates have to be. If you are breaking a barrier, it is only those with stellar qualifications and incredible drive who get through tough election fights and win.

For the last 15 years I have worked with LGBT candidates at all levels to run for office.

Now, people have woken up and said,  “Why are LGBT candidates getting elected?” It is a pretty simple formula: work hard, be qualified, be open and honest, raise a lot of money and you too may be on your way to office.

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Campaign Shutdown Checklist

Campaign Shutdown List

Planning for the Campaign Shutdown: Your Complete Guide to Shutting down the Campaign

Is it time for the campaign shutdown?

So your campaign is finally over and you are feeling a bit of that post-campaign emptiness inside. We understand and have a lot of insight on what to do after a win or a loss.  Planning for the campaign shutdown  is something to think about from the beginning of the campaign.  By keeping track of assets and creating a campaign shutdown plan you will remove a lot of stress at the end of the campaign.   So before you head off and hit the appalachian trail or start looking for the next campaign, here are some things to take care of.  Below is a general list of items you’ll likely need to do to close up shop:

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Campaign Dictionary

Our Campaign Dictionary

Learn Your Campaign Terms: Staying on Top of a Campaign Dictionary Can Be Hard

Staying up to date on a campaign dictionary can be exhausting, so we have compiled a list of useful campaign terms to keep your lingo up-to-date, enjoy!

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Campaign Toolbox Tips

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Open up Your Campaign Toolbox, What Will You Find?

We understand what it’s like to operate a campaign on a tight budget, so we’ve found some free tools to include in your campaign toolbox to help you along the way.  We hope you will find them useful as you launch your campaign or look for ways to better organize it. to ve clear no campaign tool will solve all of your campaigns problems.  Whether fundraising for a nonprofit, managing an independent expenditure campaign, or seeking office, a few of these tools will surely help you along your way.

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Midterm Elections 2014 Analysis

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Our Take on the 2014 Midterm Elections

The midterm elections on Tuesday made for a rough night for Democrats. As many of us emerge from the fetal position under our desk, I decided to write down my observations of the midterm elections of 2014, and what could be done differently in future elections. You can listen to some of my observations here as well.

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First-Time Candidate? Get Critical

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As a First-Time Candidate, You'll Need to Sort Facts from Wishful Thinking

As a first-time candidate, you’ll likely have a steep learning curve and a lot of information thrown your way.  Whether you’re still deciding if you want to toss your hat in the ring, or you’re just starting to get your campaign moving, it’s important to embark on this process with your eyes wide open.  Here are a few things you’re likely to hear that should cue you to take a beat and assess their accuracy.

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Working Around Other Political Campaigns

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Playing Nice in the Political Campaign Sandbox

Political Campaigns usually don't work alone. It’s highly likely that you are not the only political campaign being waged in your turf at any given time. Things can get especially dicey when you have to share a turf, and also run your political campaigns out of the same party headquarters. While you may be, in theory, on the same team, it can feel like you are competing for the same finite batch of volunteers and phones. Here are a few suggestions on ways to work better with other, friendly political campaigns. Word to the wise, be sure to double check with your legal team on the extent to which your political campaigns can and cannot collaborate.

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