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How Do Political Action Committees Work?

They’re not as complicated as you think.

It’s impossible to operate in the political sphere for long before Political Action Committees, aka PACs, come up in conversation. And while you probably hear about them all the time, you might still wonder, “How do Political Action Committees work?” but are bit embarrassed to ask. Or maybe you’re running for office and are curious as to how they can [...]

March 13th, 2018

NDTC Trainee Spotlight: Robert Van Kirk

Every day we’re impressed by the incredibly diverse and talented group of candidates who we support through training. Their passion, commitment, and dedication to changing their local communities is inspiring. That’s why we’re starting our new series, Trainee Spotlight. Every month, we’ll feature one of NDTC’s trainees that’s going above and beyond to improve their communities. Today we want to [...]

March 9th, 2018

Five Tips for Making More Realistic Political Campaign Budgets

We can’t afford all the yard signs we want.

We joke about yard signs (don’t get me started!), but you’ll have no idea how many you can afford without a proper campaign budget. This isn’t the sexy campaigning we envision when thinking about running for office, but it’s a vital and necessary step. While it may seem intimidating, it isn’t. Every good campaign, big or small, knows how much [...]

March 6th, 2018

How to Run for Office: What’s Your Message

Message box. Story of self. Public narrative.  Your campaign message. These are all terms you may have heard before that will help you create your message in your attempt to connect with your voters and fellow citizens. You’ve got wonderful reasons for running. You've got passion. You’ve got amazing qualifications. You have developed complex opinions about the issues that face [...]

January 29th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Hosting a Great Event

Proper planning is the name of the game.

You’ve got a committee name. You have a kitchen cabinet. You've got a fundraising plan. You have a field plan. You have a website and Facebook page. It’s time to start hosting campaign events! You’re going to host events for several reasons: meeting voters, building relationships, and raising money. Tip: Make sure you know your goal before you start planning the event. Some events can serve [...]

January 28th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Keep Your Message Local

Focus on the people getting you into office: your voters.

We get it. It is so easy to get distracted on the campaign trail. When you’re talking about the same issues every single day, it’s tempting to go on a tirade about the current administration or your opinions on our relations with Russia. Resist the temptation! Focus on your campaign message. But if you do give in, here’s one piece of [...]

January 25th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Building Your Kitchen Cabinet

Why you need one and who should — and should not — be included in your inner circle

Your kitchen cabinet is a strong asset to have in a political campaign. Whether you’re running for Congress or your local school board, having people with different points of view giving you advice can be enormously helpful. Every successful business has an advisory board, and your campaign should be no different. Typically a kitchen cabinet is made up of close [...]

January 25th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Developing Good Digital Content

How do we define “good content”?

If you’ve taken the NDTC Digital course (online or live), you know we encourage candidates to focus when it comes to creating a social media presence for their campaigns. Do one, do it well. For most people, that means have a presence on Facebook. With all the changes Facebook has been making, it’s only natural that many people are nervous [...]

January 24th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Social Media Tips

5 Ways to Create an Engaging Social Media Presence for your Campaign

If you’re not on social media, you’re missing a HUGE opportunity to engage supporters, spread your message, and build your persona (btw — these are not the only reasons you should be on social media). Post content regularly. Staying active on social media is essential to sustain a great social media presence. You want to post as often as possible so your [...]

January 22nd, 2018

How to Run for Office: Website Basics

Before you ask, yes, you need a website.

Websites are crucial to political campaigns for a couple of reasons. They are a form of media that you control as the candidate. While you can control social media accounts, they’re usually a short form of content and not the best place to go into detail about who you are and your stance issues. Websites are a great place to [...]

January 21st, 2018