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FEC Reporting Made Easy (or at least easier), Part II

Benjamin A. Katz

While good campaign management software can make it easier to file FEC reports (see part I of my article ), there are some things you should do regardless of how good your software is. 

A few simple checks will help keep you out of trouble and avoid the need to file amendments of FEC reports.

1. Read the manual.

The Federal Election Commission offers easy to read guides for political committees of all types:

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Presentation Development

Randall P. Whatley

Audience analysis 

Presentations should always be tailored to your audience. Your knowledge of the audience to which you will speak is an important factor in the success of your presentations. When you understand your audience, their existing knowledge of your topic, and their desires, you can present from their point of view and give examples that relate to their interests. Audiences respond more favorably to presentations they believe are designed for them.

When preparing a presentation, you first need to do an audience analysis by working through the fol

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Keeping Political Campaign Email out of the Junkmail Box

Benjamin A. Katz



Effective communication has always been the key to a successful election campaign and in the electronic age, email has increasingly emerged as an efficient, low-cost medium for doing just that.  Unfortunately, if your campaign staff is not sufficiently aware of the pitfalls posed by spam filters, your carefully crafted email message may simply end up in the intended recipient's Junk Folder.

Email service providers (such as AOL, MSN and Gmail) have been forced by the glut of unwanted bulk email to institute increasingly sophisticated filters on their email systems.  T

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Check Out the Campaign Laws and Avoid a Messy Legal Woes

David Rabinowe



It's election season again. You understand the importance of free media, name recognition, and fundraising potential. You have read about how the Internet has transformed politics and about the importance of a good team of professional consultants. 

You have registered with the appropriate election officials. Your family and friends are behind you, and you have even started raising some money. Congratulations, you are officially a candidate, time to hire pollsters, media buyers, general consultants and really get to work.  

So, who is making sure al

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Campaign 2.0: Upgrading your Campaign

Benjamin A. Katz

Web 2.0 is a term that gets thrown around a lot. It refers to many different aspects of new technology, although it isn’t always clear which pieces of technology are and aren’t Web 2.0. In fact, if you have a conversation with different technology advocates, you’ll probably get competing definitions and applications.

Basically, Web 2.0 is the idea that the internet can be used to empower people, paired with new technology that allows for more rapid development and faster applications. It allows you to provide tools so that people can develop their own content and make their own connect

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Howard Dean's Screaming TV Blunder

Gail Hogan

In many Presidential campaigns, there is one major blunder that is hammered home by the media, and that incident often ends that person’s presidential bid.  Some classics: Governor Dukakis wearing a helmet and riding the tank;  Senator Muskie crying at a news conference after a newspaper printed derogatory statements about his wife, and the classic, Senator Gary Hart and his playboy antics on that aptly named boat, “The Monkey Business.”   This year it was the Howard Dean Iowa pep rally, now dubbed the “I Have a Scream” speech. 

Whether you believe Howard Dean

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