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Political Consulting Firms: The Insider's Guide to Local & DC Campaign Consultants

Picking top Democratic political consulting firms or any political consulting firm is not an easy decision. Having been through this process on both’ sides of the table it is clear that many folks who make this decision don’t really take the time to decide what they are looking for ahead of time.

In the end, some folks are hiring based on solving a campaign problem, and will do focused outreach but often it seems folks are looking for a drinking buddy, not a strategic consultant. Hiring the right consultants cannot guarantee you a win but the wrong ones can guarantee you a loss.   Although many folks think political consultants are only focused on mass media (television, mail and digital), political consulting has a lot of specialties. Campaign consultants are located in Washington DC as well as across the country.  Campaign consultants provide services for anything a campaign may need including fundraising, opposition research, public opinion polling, field, and compliance. With the wide variety of campaign strategists and campaign firms out there, our first piece of advice is to take your time.

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Campaign Manager vs. General Consultant

Campaign Manager vs. General Consultant

What's the Difference Between a Campaign Manager and a General Consultant? 

Political campaign terms can be confusing. In my work, I have seen many folks confuse a campaign manager with a general consultant or campaign consultant, and have trouble deciding on which they should choose. Below is my attempt to clear that up, as well as a discussion on the pros and cons of each.

A campaign manager is a day-to-day employee who works full-time and is paid for by the campaign. The campaign manager's job is to run a single campaign and keep all aspects of it running smoothly. A general consultant is someone who has multiple clients across multiple campaigns the clearer term is general political consultant. Their job is to focus on the big picture of the campaign and make sure it is achieving its short-term goals in order to win. In short, the big difference between a manager and a general political consultant is the time you get with each and the level of experience.

Both can be very helpful, but depending on your campaign and the level of experience of your manager you may or may not need a general political consultant.

Here is a breakdown on the pros and cons of using managers and general political consultants.

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Hiring a Political Consulting Firm

Find the Right Political Consulting Firms

How to Hire a Political Consulting Firm

Looking to hire a political consulting firm? We have all sat across the table from a potential employer during which we highlight our most marketable qualities to land a job, but not everyone has been on the other side of that table, actually doing the hiring. Here are a few things that will help you start the process of hiring a political consulting firm. They are meant to help you navigate and simplify what may seem like an overwhelming and complicated task.

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