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Running A Campaign FAQ

Jenifer Broadbent

You’ve already done the heavy lifting of deciding to manage a campaign.  Good for you! Now comes the hard part – hiring. This is not meant to serve as a “Campaign How-To”, this is more of an “Campaign FAQ”. We figure you’ve come this far and found us, you must know enough, but maybe need some guidance.  

The planning sequence of running a campaign starts off with hiring the right people. All political campaigns should have the following: Political Consultant, Campaign Manager, Fundraiser, Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator and lots and lots of volunteers.

Q: <

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Rules of Planning Your Campaign Budget

Jim Arnold



How Much Should You Spend and How? 

Planning a campaign budget takes cold calculation in order to avoiding winding up short of money during the closing and most critical days of the campaign.  As you begin to prepare a budget you should remember these simple rules. 

Rules of Thumb:
* Budget from Election Day backward - most people don’t make up their minds until the last two or three weeks of the campaign. Don’t make the mistake of running out of money just when people are starting to pay att

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How To Hire A Consultant

Gary Gray



Hiring campaign consultants can be tough on a candidate or manager, and the wrong initial choices may start a campaign into a death spiral. 

Fortunately, there are some common-sense guidelines to help your campaign gain altitude. 

Do you really need someone?

This question often goes unasked.  In the excitement and tension of starting a campaign, jobs are created, people hired, and tasks assigned based on assumptions, not planning.

The old axiom, “If you want to be a candidate, find a manager.  If you want to be

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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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The Personal Power of the Pen

Marnie Turman

Ah, the power of the pen! 

A personally signed letter or note can push the undecided voter into your corner, reinforce the commitment of a voter pledged to you, or cast a shadow of a doubt in the mind of someone committed to your opponent.  Studies show a personally signed letter will be read more frequently, kept longer and generate more activity than letters with digital, scanned or printed signatures.  As good as digital, scanned or pre printed signatures on a letters may look, most people can easily tell they were not hand signed.  The written signature also inc

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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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