• 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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  • Canvass Training to Make Your Canvassing a Success

    Mar 05, 2018

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    Canvass Training - Will Make Your Canvass Count

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  • 7 Questions with Joshua Kalla on Political Persuasion

    Jan 29, 2018 by Elena Veatch

    7 Questions with Joshua Kalla on Political Persusaion

    Is persuasion still possible? Political scientist Joshua Kalla answers our questions

    Joshua Kalla is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley whose research focuses on American political behavior and opinion. Along with Stanford’s David Broockman, Joshua Kalla co-authored a study on voter persuasion that made a splash in the media and in progressive circles in September 2017. In this study, Kalla and Broockman argue that voter persuasion through traditional campaign communication methods (such as direct mail, canvassing, and digital advertising) have essentially no persuasive effect on voters during general elections. We asked Kalla about his recent work and its implications for campaigns.

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  • 7 Questions with Bernie Horn on Progressive Campaign Strategy

    Jan 18, 2018 by Elena Veatch

    7 Questions with Bernie Horn

    Bernie Horn is the Senior Director for Policy and Communications at the Public Leadership Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that works with a network of 13,000 progressive state and local policymakers on a wide range of economic and social issues. Bernie Horn is the coauthor of Voicing our Values: A Message Guide for Policymakers and Advocates, which describes how progressives can more effectively frame their arguments to persuade audiences. Below, Bernie Horn shares some tips on how to shape your progressive campaign strategy, get people to realize they agree on the issues, and make policy debates more accessible to voters.

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  • What Some Campaign Consultants Get Wrong About Digital Campaigns

    Mar 03, 2016 by The Campaign Workshop

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    When Campaign Consultants Don’t Believe in Digital

    It’s not uncommon in politics for a campaign to want a consultant who has been in the business for a long time. But sometimes, campaign consultants without real digital experience don’t believe digital can provide your campaign with results the way traditional media can. While digital advertising is newer than other strategies, it can still provide your campaign with a valuable way to reach voters. Below are some common misconceptions some campaign consultants have with digital advertising.

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  • Political Consulting Advice: Campaign Resources.

    Dec 04, 2014 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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    Political Consulting Advice: Focus on People, Time, and Money

    One of the roles I enjoy most  is teaching folks how to run for office and run campaigns. Any campaign training we run usually starts with essential political consulting advice on the three key resources of a campaign. The three main resources you have in any campaign are people, time and money. Below are descriptions of each of these three critical campaign resources.

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  • Online Communications Strategy Is Different in an Off-Year

    Dec 30, 2013

    Online communications: How Digital is Different in an off-year image

    The recent off-year elections may not have gotten a ton of national press, but for people living in states where major offices were decided, they were extremely important. In some ways, a campaign is a campaign, and your online communications program should be reflective of that.  In others though, off-year elections are pretty different, and planning your digital strategy with those differences in mind can yield some great things.

    The biggest issue? Less people are paying attention. This means you have to work even harder than before to get people to notice you.

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