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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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The Making of a Candidate

Mark Proctor

So you want to run for an elected office?  Answering the following questions can help you confirm that running is the right decision for you. 

1) Why do you think you are the best person for the position you seek?

2) Does your immediate family understand that if you are running for an elected office you will be spending many hours away from home during the campaign?

3) Do you have anything in your personal background (public records, credit reports, financial obligations, business or employment experience, etc.) that you would not want to be mad

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Online Advertising

Karen A.B. Jagoda

The two most common elements of an online campaign tend to be e-mail and a Web site with rich media and plenty of interactivity. The third and least developed leg of an online political campaign is online advertising. This article will answer questions about political online advertising strategies and explore how online advertising can target highly desirable audiences during parts of the day that are otherwise impossible to buy or prohibitively expensive.  These “day parts” are subsections of the broadcasting day, used to determine the cost of advertising on a radio or television pr

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

Benjamin A. Katz

Filing campaign statements with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) or any government agency can be a nerve racking and mentally exhausting experience. Having to itemize nearly every transaction, complete complicated forms and follow obscure rules make reporting a challenging job.

The frequency of reports, rapid turnaround required during election season and requirement for exact reporting makes campaign reporting scary for even the most seasoned professional accountant.

With all of that said, after working for years with many clients, we have come up with some best pract

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Candidates Must Take Business Approach To Run Successful Political Campaigns



Former Senator Alan Simpson once said that most campaigns for office start with a couple of friends, sitting around a table drinking beers.  While this may be the way most campaigns start, they shouldn't stay that way for long.  Too often, local candidates think that the best way to run a campaign is to get some friends involved and the campaign will fall into place on its own.  While some of these types of campaigns win, most lose.  In order to succeed, every campaign, even the most local, most take a business like approach to winning elections.

Plan First, Cam

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The Three Best Ways for Under-Funded Candidates to Get Their Message Out



Of all the hurdles that first-time candidates and lesser known challengers face when running for office, none is as intimidating as being seriously under-funded.  Money isn't everything when you run for office -- issues count, name recognition is a major bonus, volunteer manpower is important - but without the ability to raise a significant sum of money, it becomes very hard to get your message out and win your election.

There are ways, however, that under-funded candidates can use to get their message out, to persuade voters and raise their profile.  Much lik

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