Reading Time: 7 minutes You: You are a passionate progressive leader who wants to launch or grow your career in politics but aren’t quite sure where to start. What kind of campaign staff training do you need?
Imagine a world where you decided to run for office and at the very mention of your intent, your campaign was fully funded, your field plan perfectly laid out, and you were given an extra few hours in the day to get everything done. (Running for office would be so much easier with 32-hour days, right?). Until that fantasy becomes [...]
Every campaign is looking to save money. You may have a friend who will cater your events for free. Perhaps a supporter who wants to donate t-shirts for all of your volunteers. Maybe a local car dealer wants to lend you a car for use on the campaign trail. These are all wonderful, but each is an in-kind contribution and [...]
Candidate FAQ: Political Campaign Fundraising
You have some questions about fundraising. We have some answers.
There are no two ways about it. Money is essential to communicating with voters and winning elections. Unfortunately, it’s also often the most daunting part of the campaign. Fear not. We assure you: campaign fundraising isn’t rocket science. With a little knowledge and practice, you’ll be able to effectively ask for donations and reach your campaign fundraising goals. The following [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
February may be the shortest month of the year, but that didn’t stop hundreds of energized Democratic candidates, campaign staffers, and activists from joining us at NDTC live trainings across the country. In the span of just four weeks, over 500 Democrats across five states came out to learn the skills and tools needed to drive the blue wave in [...]
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 [...]
Sending emails will not win your campaign for you. Sending emails will not mean you will eclipse your fundraising goals. You’re still going to have to knock on doors, call people, and have face to face conversations. However, you probably won’t win your election if you do not include email as a part of your overall digital strategy. Sending emails [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Most people don’t schedule their week’s worth of social media content ahead of time — but then again, candidates aren’t most people. While it might sound a bit tedious, planning out what content you’re going to post, what platform you’re going to post it on, and what time of day that content will go live is a great way to stay on [...]