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How do I ask for it and when can I expect the PAC money?
I'm hoping to get a great deal of money from PACs who support my ideals? What is the best approach to get them on board? When can I expect the money to come in? ...show more
I'm hoping to get a great deal of money from PACs who support my ideals? What is the best approach to get them on board? When can I expect the money to come in? ...show less
Author: john_b     Submitted on Jul 11, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 11, 2013, 5:36 pm     Comments: 1
Tags: candidate, fundraising, pacs, asking for money    
Can a good fundraising consultant raise the money that I need?
I want to hire a professional fundraiser for my campaign. I hate to sell myself and ask for money but everyone tells me I have to be involved and call. Is that true? Can't a good fundraiser raise the money I need? ...show more
I want to hire a professional fundraiser for my campaign. I hate to sell myself and ask for money but everyone tells me I have to be involved and call. Is that true? Can't a good fundraiser raise the money I need? ...show less
Author: john_b     Submitted on Jul 11, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 13, 2013, 3:39 pm     Comments: 1
Tags: candidate, fundraising, fundraising consultant, asking for money    
How do you develop a strong message?
I'm planning to run for office in the near future. Everyone is telling me to develop a message. What is the best way to develop a strong message? How do you test it? Do you have one message or do you develop several ...show more
I'm planning to run for office in the near future. Everyone is telling me to develop a message. What is the best way to develop a strong message? How do you test it? Do you have one message or do you develop several messages for each occassion? ...show less
Author: robert_m     Submitted on Jul 11, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 19, 2013, 2:50 pm     Comments: 2
Tags: candidate, campaign, message, ron faucheux , get the message right, polling, test the message    
How do you estimate how much my campaign will cost?
I read in the paper how many millions of dollars are spent on campaigns today. It's enough to make anyone think more than twice about running for any office. How do you estimate the cost of a campaign? Is there a rule ...show more
I read in the paper how many millions of dollars are spent on campaigns today. It's enough to make anyone think more than twice about running for any office. How do you estimate the cost of a campaign? Is there a rule of thumb that I can go by? ...show less
Author: roselij     Submitted on Jul 12, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 20, 2013, 9:13 am     Comments: 2
Tags: campaign, fundraising, money, budget, cost, incumbent, spending, financial filing, board of elections, campaign weapons    
Can a direct mail campaign raise much money or is it really reserved for delivering your message?
Obviously direct mail is used extensively to deliver the campaign message, but can it be used to raise money? I expect the bulk of the direct mail message heads almost directly into the waste basket ... what about a ...show more
Obviously direct mail is used extensively to deliver the campaign message, but can it be used to raise money? I expect the bulk of the direct mail message heads almost directly into the waste basket ... what about a fundraising piece. Should it be direct mail or spend the extra bucks and make it personal mail? ...show less
Author: veronica_p     Submitted on Jul 11, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 23, 2013, 4:40 am     Comments: 2
Tags: candidate, mail campaign, fundraising, direct mail    
How should a candidate handle a past indiscretion to avoid crisis later?
I want to run for public office. I have some bad fairway in my past and I am wondering if there is a smart way to overcome this or does it make me un-electable for life? It wasn't criminal, but it wasn't my proudest ...show more
I want to run for public office. I have some bad fairway in my past and I am wondering if there is a smart way to overcome this or does it make me un-electable for life? It wasn't criminal, but it wasn't my proudest moments either. ...show less
Author: robert_m     Submitted on Jul 20, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 23, 2013, 7:32 am     Comments: 3
Tags: handling indiscretion, avoiding crisis, crisis management    
What should a candidate do when he is misquoted in the press?
What is the proper procedure to correct the situations when the press has written an article and included a misquote or truncated your answer, affecting the meaning of the message that you attempted to deliver? ...show more
What is the proper procedure to correct the situations when the press has written an article and included a misquote or truncated your answer, affecting the meaning of the message that you attempted to deliver? ...show less
Author: robert_m     Submitted on Jul 20, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 23, 2013, 1:21 pm     Comments: 1
Tags: press, misquoted, journalist, reporter, message    
Robocalls are cheap, but do they work or do they do more harm than good in today's "stop bothering me" society?
This is not a new discussion, but I expect it continues to change with each election. The cost of the live operator or volunteer caller versus the use of the automated calls or robo calls. I expect it is obvious that ...show more
This is not a new discussion, but I expect it continues to change with each election. The cost of the live operator or volunteer caller versus the use of the automated calls or robo calls. I expect it is obvious that the live call has the advantage, but they are not inexpensive. Robocalls are cheap, but do they work or do they do more harm than good in today's "stop bothering me" society? ...show less
Author: seth_o     Submitted on Jul 12, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 3, 2013, 5:03 pm     Comments: 7
Tags: phone bank, robo calls, automated calls, live operator, expense    
What should a candidate do when a reporter is openly hostile?
I am running for a city council position and we are having a series of information nights. These are attended by the local press. Every time the night switches to questions / answers from the press, I have one reporter ...show more
I am running for a city council position and we are having a series of information nights. These are attended by the local press. Every time the night switches to questions / answers from the press, I have one reporter that is openly hostile to me... even rude. I know that he is a good friend of my opponent, but does not give him the right to abuse me. How do you best handle a hostile reporter? ...show less
Author: robert_m     Submitted on Jul 11, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 7, 2013, 10:14 am     Comments: 2
Tags: candidate, campaign, media, newspaper, reporter, debate    
Our County has a reputation of being a 'can't do' County - how can one person (or my committee to elect) change this attitude?
I'm running for County Commissioner; my question is: Our County has a reputation of being a 'can't do' or as I put it 'a begging County waiting for the Federal/State/Bonds/Grants, etc. to solve their Financial situation ...show more
I'm running for County Commissioner; my question is: Our County has a reputation of being a 'can't do' or as I put it 'a begging County waiting for the Federal/State/Bonds/Grants, etc. to solve their Financial situation how can one person (or my committee to elect) change these attitudes? A little more 'dramaturgy' is our county in the 'dumps' from man-made rules vs. Natural Disaster(s). Thank you. ...show less
Author: IWANTTOKNOW     Submitted on Aug 8, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 9, 2013, 5:44 pm     Comments: 2
Tags: county, grants, attitudes    
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