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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How to Run a Political Campaign

Running a political campaign is one of the most challenging and exhausting activities possible. Running a typical campaign will mean 12+ hour long work days for several months.

On Election Day, either you win or you and your entire campaign team are fired. As you approach the final days of the campaign, this creates a huge amount of stress and pressure for success.

While nothing can eliminate the stress of the countdown to Election Day, the proper organization of a political campaign can avoid some unnecessary challenges.

Here are 5 integral steps to running an effective political campaign:

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