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Tilting the Playing Field: Voter ID & Turnout

Jim Ross

It is one of the great political clichés, the day before an election an analyst says about a race, “it all depends on turn-out.”  That statement is true, but voter turnout is much like Mark Twain said about the weather, everyone complains about turnout but no one does anything about it.  For Gavin Newsom’s mayoral campaign we did something about turnout. 

In December of 2003 while managing Gavin Newsom’s mayoral race we identified the need to effect turn-out in his favor in order to win the election.  San Francisco’s mayoral elections are traditionally close and ver

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Online Politics is Also Local

Benjamin A. Katz
Cheryl Katz


The other 99% percent

Presidential candidates, most  notably the Dean campaign in 2004 and McCain campaign in 2000, tend to dominate discussions of online campaigning. While Presidential campaigns are often using some of the most exciting technology, these discussions miss the vast majority of online campaigns – those on the Congressional, state and local levels.

Exempting Gubernatorial, Presidential and a few other highly publicized races, most campaigns do not benefit from the free media that drives donors, volunteers and voters to their websites.

For

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Best Practices for your Database System

Benjamin A. Katz
Mark Rackers


While some politicos still cling doggedly to their well-loved clipboards and broken pencils, those items deserve a more appropriate interment in the Museum of Campaigns Past.  Today, you simply must use a database system.  It is the lifeblood of your campaign, the one place (ideally) where you will plan events, track fundraising, catalog volunteers, and manage your budget. 

There are two things you should keep in mind about database systems.  First, you need a good one.  Second, you need to use it right.  A good tool poorly used is no better than no tool at all.  Imagine using your

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Why Newspapers?

Tom Edmonds



Ten Reasons Why Newspapers Deliver for Political Campaigns 

There was a time when political and issue campaigns could buy 1,000 gross rating points per week of television advertising and be done with it.  But today’s political climate is different.  With so many choices for news and information, reaching voters with your message is becoming more and more challenging.  A diversified marketplace of ideas demands a targeted mix of media to get your message across efficiently and effectively.  Of course, for many campaigns, televisi

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The Art & Science of Signs and Graphics

Jim Fleming



Want a cleaner, brighter, more readable graphic image for your campaign?  

White Letters on a Dark or Contrasting Background are Better, Especially at Night.

Rendering your name in reverse—white against a contrasting bright or dark colored background—makes your name look larger and improves visibility, especially at night. In fact, according to a study by the Outdoor Advertising Institute, reverse messages are up to 40% more visible. That is the reason that Departments of Transportation use white type against dark green or dark brown backgrounds on the

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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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