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Should a candidate take contributions from any legitimate source?
We hear so much about owing the special interest groups, the advocates, the PACs, the 527 support - however, campaigning is so expensive, where do you draw the line ... or do you. Is taking money from special interest ...show more
We hear so much about owing the special interest groups, the advocates, the PACs, the 527 support - however, campaigning is so expensive, where do you draw the line ... or do you. Is taking money from special interest groups the "kiss of death" in the modern campaign? ...show less
Author: joy_l     Submitted on Jul 19, 2013     Last Updated on Jul 24, 2013, 12:44 pm     Comments: 1
Tags: special interest groups, pacs, 527 support, contributions, campaign funding    
Polling accuracy
I keep reading reports from new media claiming Romney is leading in the polls, but doing a simple public survey, people don't like him. Is anybody else having this happening to them? ...show more
I keep reading reports from new media claiming Romney is leading in the polls, but doing a simple public survey, people don't like him. Is anybody else having this happening to them? ...show less
Author: Corneo     Submitted on Jul 15, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 1, 2013, 9:55 pm     Comments: 4
Tags: polling, presidential politics, focus group, public survey    
My initial question has brought up new options for voter data - who can share their experience in regard to them both.
Experts have shared their thoughts on Board of Election data and enhanced data from a list vendor. A new opinion suggests the Republican Party's Voter Vault, which is a competitive product to the Democratic program ...show more
Experts have shared their thoughts on Board of Election data and enhanced data from a list vendor. A new opinion suggests the Republican Party's Voter Vault, which is a competitive product to the Democratic program VoteBuilder. What are the opinions in regard to these two party products and how do they stand up against a list vendor's product. Can something that is "free" really be the best source? ...show less
Author: seth_o     Submitted on Jul 18, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 1, 2013, 10:04 pm     Comments: 2
Tags: registered voter data, board of elections, votebuilder, voter vault, enhanced data    
What is the "favorability rating" and how do you calculate it? How important is it?
I keep hearing about President Obama's favorability rating and although I guess the name itself is self explanatory, how is it calculated and how important is it in regard to your campaign success? ...show more
I keep hearing about President Obama's favorability rating and although I guess the name itself is self explanatory, how is it calculated and how important is it in regard to your campaign success? ...show less
Author: roselij     Submitted on Jul 20, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 2, 2013, 10:57 am     Comments: 1
Tags: favorability rating, name id, name recognition, polling    
I'm in a Primary - how much of my resources should be spent on the Primary? How much reserved for the General?
I am interested in the smart decision in regard to how much of your resources should be spent/utilized in the Primary Election, or should money be reserved and remain available for General Election spending? Where do ...show more
I am interested in the smart decision in regard to how much of your resources should be spent/utilized in the Primary Election, or should money be reserved and remain available for General Election spending? Where do you draw the line? ...show less
Author: joy_l     Submitted on Jul 20, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 2, 2013, 11:13 am     Comments: 2
Tags: primary election spending, general election spending, fundraising    
What are the best self-help aids that teach the skills of running a modern political campaign?
No doubt, hiring a political consultant is the best course of action when seeking office. However, consultants are out of the reach of many down ballot and small district races. What books or courses or seminars are ...show more
No doubt, hiring a political consultant is the best course of action when seeking office. However, consultants are out of the reach of many down ballot and small district races. What books or courses or seminars are available that teach how to run a political campaign in these cases? What do you consider best, hopefully affordable, and why? ...show less
Author: veronica_p     Submitted on Aug 1, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 3, 2013, 10:08 am     Comments: 2
Tags: campaign management, modern campaign, self-help, books, learning tools, seminars, webinars    
Running against a long-term incumbent
I am currently running for Mayor against a long-term incumbent (35 years). While the incumbent has been largely popular in his day, people are growing weary and I believe I have a chance to win. However, obviously I lag ...show more
I am currently running for Mayor against a long-term incumbent (35 years). While the incumbent has been largely popular in his day, people are growing weary and I believe I have a chance to win. However, obviously I lag behind in money and name recognition. What would be my best strategy? ...show less
Author: monbid     Submitted on Aug 1, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 3, 2013, 10:19 am     Comments: 2
Tags: strategy, grassroots, polling, name recognition, favorability rating, precinct walks, volunteers, literature drops, yard sign strategy, meet and greet, church social    
What should be spent on a campaign web site?
I see campaign websites that look like a million dollars and I see sites that look respectable, but clearly not even in the thousands of dollars category. Is the amount spent only based on the office that is involved or ...show more
I see campaign websites that look like a million dollars and I see sites that look respectable, but clearly not even in the thousands of dollars category. Is the amount spent only based on the office that is involved or is it part of the strategy, or is it contingent on some other secret? How do you decide on what is reasonable and what is not? ...show less
Author: joy_l     Submitted on Aug 3, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 10, 2013, 12:30 pm     Comments: 3
Tags: campaign web site, campaign site expense, budget, technology, web site    
What materials should be used to create a successful PAC Kit?
My initial question - How do I ask for it and when can I expect the PAC money? - was answered by identifying the need to create a PAC Kit to present your best case in order to be successful in receiving PAC ...show more
My initial question - How do I ask for it and when can I expect the PAC money? - was answered by identifying the need to create a PAC Kit to present your best case in order to be successful in receiving PAC contributions. What components should be included in a PAC promotion kit? ...show less
Author: john_b     Submitted on Aug 1, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 11, 2013, 3:38 pm     Comments: 2
Tags: pac contributions, pac kit, pac promotion    
Does Party Affiliation still decide every electon?
I want to run for office next year in a district that is considered a Republican stronghold. Clearly, it is, if you look at only registered Republicans and registered Democratic voters. However, there is a growing ...show more
I want to run for office next year in a district that is considered a Republican stronghold. Clearly, it is, if you look at only registered Republicans and registered Democratic voters. However, there is a growing segment of the district that is not affiliated or declined to say. Some people say that in reality, even the unaffiliated are either Reps or Dems - they just didn't declare it. Will they break out in the same percentages as the declared or do I have any chance to win them over. ...show less
Author: robert_m     Submitted on Aug 3, 2013     Last Updated on Aug 11, 2013, 3:45 pm     Comments: 2
Tags: party affiliation, republican, democratic, unaffiliated    
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