In 2014, Democrats found out victory has many colors

  • Dec 01, 2014

Democrats need candidates and consultants who know how to navigate the racially charged minefield that is the United States political landscape. If they demonstrate this cultural competence, they can...

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Meet the new super donors

  • Nov 24, 2014

Larry O’Brien had a formal response drawn up for when the fundraisers came calling. First, it was a fax, then it was an email, but it always said the same thing: No.  See, O’Brien is a major donor that...

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Jump start your 2016 job search

  • Nov 19, 2014

Dust from the midterm donnybrook is settling, but the campaign world is already moving on. The dawn of a campaign cycle with an open race for the White House means lots of well-funded and well-staffed...

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2014's two key digital technologies

  • Nov 18, 2014

The identity of the two key digital technologies in the 2014 election cycle is clear: email fundraising and data-driven grassroots outreach. Let’s start with the fundraising. If it weren’t for online...

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A post-election checklist for consultants and staffers

  • Nov 12, 2014

The end of an election cycle can feel anti-climactic. For those of us who have been on campaigns for a long time, it’s as if the hourglass has simply run out. We know it’ll only be so long before it flips...

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Begging for Dollars

  • Nov 10, 2014

This cycle will be remembered as the year that email fundraising got weird. Senators “begged” and “pleaded” for money. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent multiple, manic emails a day telling...

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Shop Talk: A formula for reaching Latino voters?

  • Oct 30, 2014

For now, Democrats lead the way when it comes to appealing to Latino voters, but these four strategists say neither party has nailed it just yet. This issue's shoptalkers: Adrian Pantoja, senior analyst...

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An election night guide for candidates and consultants

  • Oct 27, 2014

Election Day is more than just the day voters pass their judgment on your candidate and campaign. It’s the culmination of months of emotion. Whether you’re the candidate, campaign manager, or just the...

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Waking the sleeping Hispanic giant

  • Oct 21, 2014

Fifteen years ago, I drove a crew of college students from Fresno north through California’s Central Valley to Dos Palos, a sleepy farming town surrounded by cattle pastures and almond groves. Our goal...

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Cashing in on campaign memorabilia

  • Oct 09, 2014

About five years ago, I looked at the chachkies accumulating from my time on the trail. I had old literature, buttons, and signs. I decided it was time to either organize it or get out the trash bags....

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