Aristotle Afternoon on June 23

A Aristotle Afternoon 6-5-15As your team strategically plans its next issue campaign, have you answered a key question: do we have the right relationships in place with our key contact network?

Or, do you find that a new member of the committee you need action from doesn’t know that your company exists? Are you only engaging your network during times of emergency, and are looking for new ways to keep your relationships fresh and engaged? If so, then the first Aristotle Afternoon is an excellent opportunity for you to think about new ways to expand your program.

Sign up for: In it for the Long Haul: Building Quality Relationships with In-District Meetings

This complimentary event will be the first in a series of programs at our DC headquarters.

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Locking Down an Action Alert

Strategic advice for when and when not to lock down

Advocacy software systems, such as Aristotle 360, offer back-end users the option to prohibit advocates from editing their messages. After conducting an informal survey of clients, account managers and colleagues, we found this feature rarely utilized. Below I’ll address why this may be the case, in addition to a few insights on when ‘locking down’ is necessary.

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Secrets to Keeping the State Elections Board Happy

Wisconsin Campaign Finance Reporting: Tools and Tricks

Filing campaign statements with the State Elections Board (SEB) or any government agency can be a nerve racking and mentally exhausting experience. Having to itemize nearly every transaction, complete complicated forms and follow obscure rules make reporting a challenging job.

The frequency of reports, rapid turnaround required during election season and requirement for exact reporting makes campaign reporting scary for even the most seasoned professional accountant.

With all of that said, after working for years with many clients, we have come up with some best practices for staying out of trouble and keeping the SEB happy.

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Secrets to Keeping the Federal Election Commission Happy

FEC Reporting Made Easy (or at least easier), Part I

Filing campaign statements with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) or any government agency can be a nerve racking and mentally exhausting experience. Having to itemize nearly every transaction, complete complicated forms and follow obscure rules make reporting a challenging job.

The frequency of reports, rapid turnaround required during election season and requirement for exact reporting makes campaign reporting scary for even the most seasoned professional accountant.

With all of that said, after working for years with many clients, we have come up with some best practices for staying out of trouble and keeping the FEC happy.

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Political Campaign Fundraising

First, the obvious: running a successful campaign is EXPENSIVE.

The legitimacy of a candidate is directly proportional to the size of his coffers. If you are the candidate, out of political necessity, fundraising is and should be your priority at the beginning, middle and end of your campaign.

And at every stage in between.

However, as most of us learn from our parents at a very young age, asking for money is not as easy as it sounds. When designing a fundraising strategy, a candidate must consider: who to ask, who should be asking and how to ask. 

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