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The Evolving Business of Political Consulting

Raymond D. Strother



There have been political consultants since the advent of democracies but the modern era evolved in a rush after Richard Nixon lost a debate to John Kennedy because of his perceived bad appearance on television.  Television sets had become a looming presence in the corner and people began to get their political information from a collection of scan lines.  

Insecure candidates realized that a firm handshake and a microphone on the courthouse steps were not substitutes for a carefully crafted television commercial. Campaigns were about to be brought into li

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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?  

Itís been 30 years since Robert Redford played the role of Bill McKay in ďThe Candidate,Ē which accurately represented what was then a whole new political form:

Polling for message+Poll-Driven TV spots+saturation TV buys+clever press manipulation.  Thatís 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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Political Campaign Fundraising

Benjamin A. Katz
Mark Rackers

First, the obvious:  running a successful campaign is expensive.  The legitimacy of a candidate is directly proportional to the size of his coffers.  If you are the candidate, out of political necessity, fundraising is and should be your priority at the beginning, middle, and end of your campaign.  And at every stage in between.  

However, as most of us learn from our parents at a very young age, asking for money is not as easy as it sounds.  When designing a fundraising strategy, a candidate must consider 1) who to ask, 2) who should be asking, and 3

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Most Wasteful Types of Campaign Spending

Benjamin A. Katz
Jeremy Geltman

Political campaigns cannot afford to waste resources, whether financial, human, or time. An uncoordinated effort will waste all of these directly as well as indirectly through inefficiency. Below are some common examples of wasteful campaign spending, along with advice in how to avoid these situations.

Multiple Databases

Any successful political campaign depends on the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of accurate information in real-time. Too frequently, however, campaigns are run without the foresight to recognize the advantages o

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Using Buttons and Badges Effectively in a Political Campaign

Greg Allison

Political campaigns can be tense and stressful. There is so much to do and often not enough time to do it. If you are a candidate or campaign manager, you should not be without a button maker machine. These machines will help you with some of the most critical areas of your campaign - getting the word out, addressing issues, and rallying support. Not only will buttons help acknowledge the issues and rally support, they will do it inexpensively and that is a word that any campaign manager likes to hear.

Mass mailings and phone campaigns take time and money. Postal rates continue to go u

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