• Common Pitfalls to Avoid when Issuing an Advocacy RFP

    Aug 24, 2020 by Ben Holse

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    How to Go About Writing a Great Advocacy RFP

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  • Campaign Manager Hiring Guide

    Jun 29, 2020 by Joe Fuld

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    How to Find and Hire the Right Campaign Manager for Your Campaign

    Hiring the right campaign manager may be the most important choice you make as a candidate. Your campaign manager is the lifeblood of your campaign. He or she doesn’t need to always be out front or be the face of your political campaign, but he or she does need to be prepared to do anything for you to advance your run for office.

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  • Do Awards Matter When You're Hiring a Political Consultant?

    Mar 26, 2020 by Martín Diego Garcia

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    Some Quick Information on Political Consultant Awards.  

    Lookin for an award winning political consultant? If you’re reading this post, you may have just found out political consultant awards like the Pollies, Reeds, Goldies and, more specifically, political ad awards actually exist. So, now you might be asking yourself if it even matters whether consultants you might be hiring have won awards for the work they’ve produced. 

    What political consultant awards are there?

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  • Everything You Want to Know About Hiring a Political Direct Mail Firm

    Jan 27, 2020 by Martín Diego Garcia

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    10 Questions You Should Not Be Afraid to Ask When Hiring a Political Direct Mail Firm.  

    At The Campaign Workshop, we encourage and work to keep an open dialogue with our clients. When hiring a Democratic direct mail firm (or any political direct mail firms for that matter), there are a number of important questions that you should be asking during the hiring process. Here are our top 10 questions to ask when hiring a direct mail firm for your political mailers:

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Political Consultant

    Jan 20, 2020 by Elena Veatch

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    What Can a Political Consultant Do for My Campaign?

    For any campaign, it’s crucial to hire the right people—and in many cases, your team might include a political consultant. So, what exactly is a political consultant? How does a consultant differ from a campaign manager? Do you need a consultant? and if so, how do you go about finding a good one that you can afford? If these are the sorts of questions that plague you, this is the blog post for you: political consulting explained by political consultants. 

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  • The Case for Hiring a Full-Time Campaign Manager

    Sep 19, 2019 by Joe Fuld

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    A Campaign Manager Is Worth Every Penny

    Running for political office is a daunting task that can be exceedingly taxing without a campaign manager at the helm to help run the show. For first-time candidates in particular, getting a viable campaign off the ground is more than a full-time job. Fundraising call time alone is all-consuming, taking up to three to six hours per day of your time five days a week. With so many moving parts to a campaign, there’s no harm (but rather, lots of value) in investing in a campaign manager. A full-time manager is worth the expense.

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  • Recommended Reading from Political Pros

    May 21, 2018 by Elena Veatch

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    A recommended reading list from TCW interviewees

    We always try to ask the political pros we interview in our “7 questions” blog series what they’re reading. As a result, we’ve gotten some great recommended reading ideas from these folks. Some of these reads help shed light on the state of the American electorate; others will give you the break you deserve from the state of our politics. Behold, our latest recommended reading list, brought to you by experts in Democratic polling, messaging, political science, decision-making, fundraising, and beyond. Happy reading!

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  • Non-Political Books for Politicos

    May 10, 2018 by Elena Veatch

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    10 Non-Political Books Every Politico Should Read

    *Originally written by Joe Fuld and updated by Elena Veatch 4/3/18

    When you get into politics, it’s hard to resist the all too common tunnel vision of focusing only on politics. But be careful – binge watching Veep or The West Wing is not going to help you run a better campaign or organization; nor will reading solely political books.

    The fact is, you are running a business. And while we like to think of politics and business as totally separate realms, it’s tough to run any political operation without a Business 101 crash course. So, take a break from the latest Clinton campaign staffer or Obama aide memoir you are probably reading, and check out some of our non-political book recommendations. Below are ten non-political books that will be helpful to any politico running a campaign, a non-profit, or really any operation.

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  • 5 Books You'll Find in the TCW Library

    Mar 20, 2017

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    What do Political Consultants Read During Their Time Off?

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  • Do Nonprofits Need Online Advocacy Campaign Consultants?

    Dec 29, 2016

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    Online Advocacy Campaign Consultants: Is It Worth the Cost to Hire a Consultant to Manage Your Online Presence?

    Online advocacy seems to be the term of the moment, but achieving real online advocacy results can be tough in both execution and budget.  If you are at a nonprofit where money is tight, (when is it not?) spending money on hiring a online advocacy consultant to manage your online presence can seem like an easy line item to cut. But don’t be so quick to count campaign consultants out. Depending on your nonprofit’s size and goals, an online advocacy consultant could be extremely beneficial (and we’re not just saying that because of our line of work).

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  • Inside the Campaign Studio with Political Consultant Stefan Hankin

    Oct 17, 2016 by Joe Fuld

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    This month’s political consultant is Stefan Hankin

    Stefan is a political consultant, campaign pollster the founder and president of Lincoln Park Strategies. With over a decade of experience in market research, working with clients at all levels of politics, as well as the non-profit and corporate world, Stefan’s expertise on positioning his clients to succeed across all demographic and ideological groups serves as the hallmark of his work.

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  • 7 Questions with "The Campaign Doctor" Craig Varoga

    Aug 18, 2016 by Joe Fuld

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    7 questions with "The Campaign Doctor" Craig Varoga

    Craig Varoga provides public affairs assistance and campaign services to a select group of public, private and non-profit organizations.  His firm offers clients strategic guidance in analyzing public opinion and developing strategies to achieve long-term goals. He answered seven questions on his experience with campaigns. 

    1. How long have you been writing The Campaign Doctor column?

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