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Organizing Your Political Campaign

Benjamin A. Katz

The size and nature of campaign staff varies greatly depending on the office sought and the resources available. A local campaign may be run completely by part-time volunteers while a national campaign could have a staff of hundreds.  

Despite these differences and regardless of size, all campaigns must fill the same key positions While a smaller campaign may depend on a few people doing multiple jobs, it is just as important that all major roles of the campaign are occupied.

For any campaign, the three key jobs that must be fulfilled are

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New Media Is Driving Politics Into The Unknown Zone

Joe Rothstein



Technology is changing the way we work, shop, bank, exercise and most other areas of life.; Why would we expect political campaigns to be immune?  

It’s been 30 years since Robert Redford played the role of Bill McKay in “The Candidate,” which accurately represented what was then a whole new political form:

Polling for message+Poll-Driven TV spots+saturation TV buys+clever press manipulation.  That’s the way statewide campaigns and many congressional and municipal races have been run ever since.

But now we are seeing a new formula at work

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Did You Win? Stop Celebrating. Time to Start Running for Re-Election



In most elections, incumbents have enormous advantages over challengers. Not only have they won election in the district before, and thus possess greater name ID, but they also have at their disposal all of the trappings of elected office: free mail to constituents, news coverage, patronage and increased fundraising ability.
 

Despite all of these advantages, though, woe to any elected official who is seen as losing touch with the district. This warning applies not only to Congressmen, who can go to Washington and seem

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Should You Hire a Vendor for Your Voter File?

Brad Blaemire



As a voter file vendor, this is not a new question for us.  In fact, we have found our greatest competition is from clients who decide to “bring the voter file in-house”.

Is this wise?

Like most decisions, nothing is always right or always wrong.  But there are certain arguments that should be considered by every campaign or party that is considering the building and management of their voter file in-house.

   1.      Bringing it in-house

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Blueprint for an Insurgent Campaign

William S. Bike

Incumbents always have held an advantage in elections, but that advantage has now become practically insurmountable. Over 90 percent of incumbent Congressional candidates are re-elected every two years. Percentages among incumbents farther down on the ballot sometimes are even higher, as often nobody even bothers to run against incumbent State Senators, State Representatives, and City Councilmen. 

It would be good for everyone, however--even supporters of these incumbents--if competitive elections were restored. Because competitive elections make all candidates, even the winners, more

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What the Internet Teaches Us About Designing Good Direct Mail

Hal Malchow



For years, my firm has been a leading direct mail company for Democratic organizations and candidates.   We have worked for the AFL-CIO, all three of the national Democratic committees and hundreds of candidates for office.   We think we know what we are doing and how to reach voters with a piece of mail.  But this past year, we learned some lessons and we learned them in a surprising place.

The Internet.

Early this year, our firm decided to open an Internet division.   There were a lot of reasons for our decision.   Research showed us that younger voters were i

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