I'm helping organize a phone banking effort from Hawaii for a ballot initiative in Washington state (3 hours ahead). From my googling, It seems the consensus is to phone bank 2-5pm Hawaii time (5-8 PST), Mon-Thurs. Since that's pretty inconvenient for most people's work schedules, we're considering holding these on the weekends. If we're to phone bank on the weekends, does anyone know if different hours would be more optimal than 5-8 PST? [more inside]
Please help me find this old campaign button [more inside]
I have signed up three times on her website to volunteer. I have not received any instruction. I have only received solicitations. [more inside]
Imagine a political ad which addresses GOP voters and tries to persuade them to not vote at all in November. That is, it doesn't promote any candidate but simply targets GOP voters and tells them to "This year, stay home". Would such an ad be regarded as illegal, inappropriate or "bad sportsmanship" in the US? Or are these kind of "stay home this November" ads commonplace? Asking from outside the US!
We just bought somevintage burled wood dressers, campaign style. Having trouble knowing what to buy for night stand for the same room. We don't want matchy matchy 1960's revival room but something modern/contemporary. [more inside]
My daughter won some scholarship money for a video she did for Neel Kashkari (California candidate for governor). She now needs to change the disbursement, but emails are going unanswered. Any ideas on how to get ahold of someone who can help? What happens after a failed campaign like this? Is there some sort of post-election team in place or does the entire organization just evaporate?
Ima college student running for a President position in an organization. I have to make a campaign flyer. I've seen some of my classmates' flyers and they are very colorful with short slogans like "vote for me, I'm a communicator, leader, etc." I was thinking that for my flyer I would have a section where I list a few of my past leadership positions and projects. I also would list a few goals I have if elected for the position. I wanted the voters to get a good sense of who I am and what I can do through my flyer. Do I just have a wrong idea of what the election flyer is supposed to be? I just don't see how an attractive flyer with little info about a candidate would be enough for people to vote for them. I appreciate your input.
I write a newsletter for an environmental nonprofit and would like to modernize it. Right now we print a simple PDF and then straight-up email said PDF to electronic subscribers. Our subscription list is managed by Excel and yours truly. MailChimp seems great but I haven't seen examples that have long articles. This isn't a marketing campaign -- it's more like a very short newspaper or magazine. How can I take a content-heavy (4-6 articles, anywhere from 350 to 800 words each) and send it out electronically in the most efficient and practical way? [more inside]
An organization I'm involved with spearheaded an initiative: we asked huge groups of people to wear red for our cause on a particular day, take a picture of them doing so and send us the pictures. We got about 30 pictures and more keep coming. Some people even made videos! My question is, what can we do with these pictures? We have contacted the press and some of the pictures have run in a national newspaper, but it would be great to put them all together in one place that could be accessed by all those who sent stuff in - are the choices to make a big file and send it back to all those who sent in or post them somewhere on the web? Any other suggestions? We have a website that we could host something on, but, what? [more inside]
I am working on a project where I am trying to find contributions made between businesses and political parties. Besides the obvious places (Sunlight Foundation, etc.) I want to know if, for the time banks received federal money, would those records be FOIAble? I have a pretty good idea which federal agencies to contact. But would it work?
What information is there about how to form a political action committee? What restrictions are there as far as advertising, focus, where the funds wind up, overhead costs, salary for PAC employees, etc? What is allowed federally, and what is allowed on a per-state basis? [more inside]
A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
I'm trying to gin up a social media campaign on a very short timeframe (3 - 4 weeks). I am basically internet literate (witness my longstanding MeFi membership) but I have never done anything like this before. I do have a social media person at work to help, but given the nature of my organization, I'm going to be in the driver's seat. But I feel like since I know the issue, the constituencies, and how to use Facebook, that I'll be able to figure it out and just need to jump in and do it (although I realize it may be a failure anyway). So here are my questions: 1) Is this going to be more complex than I think? Am I suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect? Do I need to vet my strategy with social media "experts" to be successful? 2) Any quick tips for me?
This pin must be from either the 1901 or 1905 elections. Can you tell me anything about it? Can you tell me its approximate value? If not, can you direct me to a website or individual where I might find out? Thanks!
I've been asked to invent a mock communications campaign for a non-profit organization based around their primary cause. There's just one problem: I've never done that before. Like, I literally don't understand what a communications campaign is in a tangible "this is what you put on paper" way. [more inside]
Many years ago I recall watching a movie, where this southern state politician (supposedly based on a true character) was pulling dirty tricks during his campaign. IIRC, he for example accused his competitor of being a "humanist", along with several other carefully chosen praise words which, to his uneducated voters, sounded like insults. Does anyone know which movie I am referring to, or who this politician was?
What would you want to see in a crowdfunding campaign from a pro-democracy activity in a dictatorship? [more inside]
What's the difference between internal and public polls? [more inside]
Does Romney want to remove deductions for 401k to help pay for his 20% "across the board" tax cut? [more inside]
I would like to help some Democratic candidates get elected to US Senate. Where will my money make the most difference? [more inside]
How was Mitt Romney able to win the election for Governor of Massachusetts? How effective was he as governor? [more inside]
The dedicated detectives who investigate these super-random internet questions are members of an elite squad...
Ridiculous question: Doppelganger or actor? Who is the guy in this Scott Brown campaign ad?! [more inside]
How can I find Presidential Campaign stops around my home in Central Florida? [more inside]
What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
Birthday gift filter: What to get a sibling running for local public office? [more inside]
Can I- a college student- work for the Obama campaign (in dc, in chicago, in a swing state) this summer and not starve? Or are there other wacky, do-it-while-you're-young-live-out-of-your-car summer experiences Askmefi would suggest? [more inside]
This political campaign season has brought it to my attention that sexism is alive and well in America. Instead of sitting around with my blood boiling, what can I do? [more inside]
I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
Is it legal for me to post a video to Youtube saying I will give a lot of money to a political party if a favored bill of mine becomes law? [more inside]
Graduation gift ideas: Does anyone have the contact information for Former Senator Harris Wofford? Or alternatively, any old campaign memorabilia? [more inside]
Please help us to generate further ideas on how to mobilize people for an action day against the further use of nuclear energy [more inside]
After months of behind-the-scenes work, I'll be running for U.S. Congress and announcing next week. My question to you: what is it that you've always wanted to hear a politician say or do?
What was your best D&D experience? [more inside]
How do I get 6000 signatures in five months? [more inside]
How does political cash in a campaign translate to a win? [more inside]
What are some good campaign trail biographies? I'm looking for any interesting read, whether in book form or a series of articles, that follows a candidate for a period of time up to their election, preferably ones where the writer actually accompanied the candidate as they went through the process of running. I'm not only looking for presidential candidates, but any government post at all (senate, congress, local government etc). I know Hunter Thompson is a good place to start, but what else?
Local political campaign reports a large surplus four days after stiffing its workers (I and dozens of other campaign workers are owed back pay, several of us in the $300+ range). Solutions? [more inside]
What are the best "inside baseball" political blogs covering the upcoming New York City elections? [more inside]
Looking for best infodumps, narratives, archives, and analyses of Barack Obama's successful campaign for election, with a focus on volunteers and fundraising. [more inside]
Dungeon Masters: Help me start planning and preparing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign for a group of seasoned players who've been a while between rolls of the dice... [more inside]
For the politicos out there: how effective is phone banking / canvassing, statistically speaking? [more inside]
How to set up a way for my non-profit's supporters to send letters to the editor and to elected officials online? [more inside]
Could activists for social causes (e.g. global warming) learn something from the Obama campaign in how to effectively engage and mobilize people?
Does anyone know what those green lapel pins are that about a third of Obama's staffers seem to be wearing in the photos here? (via)
I gather from Howard Dean's announcement today that he and the Obama People don't get along. I'm curious though how much Obama's win and the Congressional turnover are due to Dean's strategies and policies as head of the DNC. [more inside]
Are there statistics or studies or articles about money swaying ballot propositions? [more inside]
Election 08: Best way to mount my campaign signs? [more inside]
I want to play "the race card." Where can I print one out? [more inside]
Has anyone seen a pop-up-video style version of the presidential or VP debates that checks facts and names? If not, is there any organization I could suggest this to with any reasonable hope of having them implement it? [more inside]
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