What the Ice Bucket Challenge Can Teach Us About Political Fundraising

Unless you pride yourself on your cozy existence underneath a rock, you have likely heard about the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” which has taken the Internet by storm the past few weeks. If you aren’t aware, the Ice Bucket Challenge began as a viral campaign to raise money for ALS awareness and has spread rapidly across various forms of social media. Just how rapid has it been? The New York Times...
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Campaigns & Elections 2014 Rising Stars

  C&E 2014 Rising Stars Keep an eye on these 25 young operatives who make up our 2014 class of…   Since 1988, Campaigns & Elections has recognized the up-and-comers of the campaign world with its coveted Rising Star award. Over the years, Rising Star recipients have climbed to the heights of politics, launching dozens of successful consulting firms and guiding hundreds of...
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Campaigns & Elections: McCutcheon could boost candidates, parties

McCutcheon could boost candidates, parties  by Sean J. Miller / Apr 02 2014 The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC ruling has already been labeled a “disaster” and “scarier than Citizens United” by some reform groups. But for candidates and the national parties, who were marginalized four years ago by Citizens, it may be a boon. The court’s decision to lift the aggregate contribution limits for...
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Do You Measure Up? …. Time to find out.

(Also posted Campaigns & Elections blog, found here ) Campaigns have to create their own metrics. After all, we don’t make widgets, we elect (or defeat) candidates. And like any business or professional venture, campaigns must be constantly measuring their progress and pushing the candidate to succeed. If you aren’t holding yourself and your candidate accountable with objective metrics,...
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In Fundraising, Silence Has Power

Note: This blog is also available on Campaigns & Elections Magazine “Campaign Insider” Blog   What do Beethoven’s 5th symphony, a library and an effective fundraising ask have in common? They all require silence in order to be effective. If a candidate is especially new at the fundraising process, they’ll often rush through each step of their fundraising calls to get to the...
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