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10 Steps to a Successful Fundraising Event

Fundraising events are key components of every political campaign. Like the campaign itself, though, the success of these events depends on careful planning. To help you ensure that your political fundraising event is a winner, here are ten major components that you must incorporate into your event plan: 1. Purpose: Before doing anything else, you [...]

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Running for Office When You Have a Day Job

There are over 500,000 elected officials in the United States.  While many, including the Congress, Governors, some state legislators and big city mayors, etc. are full time jobs, the vast majority of elected positions are not full-time.  Most candidates in the U.S. are running for part-time slots, which means they’ll have full-time (“day”) jobs, both [...]

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How to Design Great Political Signs

As Election Day draws near each year, political signs and banners start to spring up everywhere, from roadside lawns to supermarket windows.  Sometimes, these signs do their job well.  They’re easy to remember and have an impact.  As often as not, though, campaigns waste valuable resources by posting political signs that are hard to read, hard [...]

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Successful Absentee Voter Drives

The 2000 presidential election brought absentee voting to the forefront of our political conscience. Never before has America collectively held its breath as absentee ballots returned and were counted. The controversies surrounding military and overseas absentee ballots in Florida made candidate and voter alike rethink the process of absentee voting. Often, local campaigns do not organize [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Starting Your Own Political Action Committee

Have you ever thought about starting your own political action committee (PAC)? If you have, you’re not alone. I often get questions about PACs, how to start them, and the pros and cons of running one. (If you’re not sure what a political action committee is, read Local Victory’s What are PACs? ) Today, we’re [...]

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How to Win Election Contests in Small Districts

There are well over 500,000 elected offices in the United States.  Add in all of the elected officials in all of the democracies in the world, and you’ve got millions and millions of elected offices worldwide. The vast majority of these elected positions are for small, local offices.  While we all hear about the huge [...]

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Raising Money From PACs

Soliciting donations from political action committees (PACs) is fundamentally different than raising money from individuals. PAC contributions are harder to get and take more work, especially for the local campaign. PAC managers are political professionals, and demand much more information from the campaign than the average individual donor. It takes hard work, creativity, and persistence, [...]

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Top 5 Local Victory Articles of 2010

It’s hard to believe, but 2010 is coming to a close.  What a year it has been, politically speaking.  Not only in the US, where a major shift occurred in grassroots political activity and the US Congress, but in many nations across the globe, including the UK, which saw Parliament shift control for the first [...]

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How to Use Your Targeting Data

We all know about political targeting.  If you haven’t heard about targeting from your campaign manager, consultant, state party or politically-minded friends, you probably read our recent article Political Targeting – The Beginner’s Guide.  Every campaign can and must use targeting in their election. The most basic form of targeting – the type that every single [...]

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5 Reasons Every Campaign Needs an In-House Phone Bank

Phone banks are an essential component of every campaign. One debate that has continued to present questions for campaigns of all sizes is whether the campaign is better served by hiring a professional telemarketing firm or maintaining an internal phone bank. The best answer is a combination of the two. While some phone operations are better [...]

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Strengthen Your Local Political Party

Local political parties are the backbone of the American political system. These organizations are so important because they are so close to the voter. The local political party is responsible for motivating the electorate to vote for an entire slate of candidates, from the local school board all the way up to the President of the [...]

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How to Ask for Money for Your Campaign

Personal solicitation is one of the most important methods of fundraising for local campaigns.  This method involves having the candidate and key supporters solicit donations either face-to-face or over the phone in a one on one setting.  Because of the large time commitment it requires, this method is generally reserved for major donors; that is, [...]

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