• Political Campaign Staff Hiring Guide: Traits Matter More Than Experience

    Sep 17, 2020 by Joe Fuld

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    Traits for Political Campaign Staff and Tips to Hire Great Staffers  

    Whether you're running for city council or congress, hiring your political campaign staff is an essential part of the electoral success. Managing budgets, raising money, running social media, building field programs, prepping candidates for public appearances, and implementing campaign strategies; the political campaign staff is the backbone of every campaign. 

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  • 7 Questions with Campaign Manager Keith Rosendahl

    Jul 15, 2020 by Mariana Boully Perez and Hope Rohrbach

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    Being A Campaign Manager in the Time of COVID-19

    Keith Rosendahl is the past campaign manager for Henry Cuellar for re-election as Congressmen for the 28th Congressional District in Texas. We asked Keith some questions about how COVID-19 has changed the way campaigns run, especially in the lead up to the 2020 election.

    1. How has your experience being a campaign manager prepared you for campaigning during a pandemic?

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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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  • 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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  • Creating a Campaign Manager Contract

    Sep 23, 2019 by Joe Fuld

    Campaign Manager Contract

    Why and How to Make a Campaign Manager Contract

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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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  • 6 Traits to Look for in a Political Campaign Manager

    Jul 15, 2019 by Brooks Perks

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    Ensure you Hire the Right Political Campaign Manager 

    Whether you're running for city council or congress, hiring a skilled political campaign manager is an essential part of your electoral success. From brainstorming campaign strategies and managing budgets to prepping a candidate for public appearances, the political campaign manager is the backbone of every campaign.

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

    Sep 28, 2017 by Ben Holse

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    Campaign Chairperson 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 chairperson? 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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  • So You Lost Your Political Campaign

    Nov 10, 2016 by Joe Fuld

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    So Your Political Campaign Lost, Now What?

    If you were a Democrat running for office, working on a political campaign or a voter, Tuesday had some big wins and some close or not so close losses. Sure there were memorable wins  but many folks are depressed by the outcome of their specific election. So what do you do now?

     You have spent months running for office or managing a political campaign and now the political campaign is over. Even though you worked your butt off, you fell short.

    Here are some tips for candidates and campaign managers from those of us who have been through many a political campaign and understand it is not easy.

    Thank Folks. You might have lost, but it does not mean that people did not work hard. Make sure you take the time to call, email and personally thank volunteers, endorsers, donors and your friends and family.

    Be Gracious. Don't be the candidate who tells everyone to jump in a lake after the campaign ends. A candidate’s reaction to losing can often be a bigger sign of whether they can do something in the future than the outcome of the race itself. You have a lot of folks who supported you, and you owe it to them and to yourself to treat this in a respectful manner.

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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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  • Graduate School of Political Management: Is It Worth It?

    Jan 09, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

    Is Grad School for Campaign Management Worth it

    Graduate School of Political Management or School of Life? Do you need grad school to run a political campaign? 

    Is Graduate School of Political Management worth it? In a word: Maybe. It depends on what your goals are, like just about everything else in life. There are ever increasing opportunities to get master’s degrees in non-traditional ways and, depending on what you want to do with this degree, it may make sense to devote the time and resources to school. Campaign management is a real profession, don’t let the ripped jeans and hoodies fool you. Campaign managers are hard working, organized, multi-tasking, savvy professionals (at least the good ones are) and those are skills honed with experience and learning. If you are interested in a career in research, data, political theory and history, then by all means, go to campaign management school. But, in my opinion, if you want campaign management for your career, you can get the experience you need to become a successful campaign manager by actually working on campaigns.

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