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How to bring a content-heavy newsletter into the modern day?

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]
posted by breccia on Jul 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Organizing Armchair Activism

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]
posted by pick_the_flowers on May 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I FOIA bank records of banks that were bailed out with Federal money

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?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Starting a PAC.

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]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 21, 2014 - 4 answers

How much to charge a local theater company for my images?

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]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

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]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

How to go viral?

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?
posted by yarly on Jul 30, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the age and value of this Theodore Roosevelt campaign pin?

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!
posted by crazylegs on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Tell me just what a communications campaign is exactly.

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]
posted by pinetree on Apr 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me identify southern state politician from a movie

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?
posted by helion on Jan 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Advice for a crowdfunding project from a dictatorship?

What would you want to see in a crowdfunding campaign from a pro-democracy activity in a dictatorship? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 4, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm fixing a poll where my campaign wins and stops my base from wandering.

What's the difference between internal and public polls? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Nov 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Take my deductions -- PLEASE!

Does Romney want to remove deductions for 401k to help pay for his 20% "across the board" tax cut? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Oct 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Which Democratic Senate candidates should I donate to?

I would like to help some Democratic candidates get elected to US Senate. Where will my money make the most difference? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Mitt Romney then and now

How was Mitt Romney able to win the election for Governor of Massachusetts? How effective was he as governor? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Sep 21, 2012 - 31 answers

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]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Aug 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Finding the Campaign Stops

How can I find Presidential Campaign stops around my home in Central Florida? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Aug 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Recent Innovations in Political Campaigns?

What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Jul 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Something more than a happy birthday vote

Birthday gift filter: What to get a sibling running for local public office? [more inside]
posted by goodnight moon on May 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Find out where it's happening, and get yourself there?

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]
posted by 221bbs on Apr 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Applied Feminism 101

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]
posted by ootandaboot on Mar 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Is this political donation legal?

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]
posted by blargerz on Jul 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Any tips on Harris Wofford?

Graduation gift ideas: Does anyone have the contact information for Former Senator Harris Wofford? Or alternatively, any old campaign memorabilia? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Apr 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Ideas for mobilization

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]
posted by jfricke on Mar 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Politicians Suck. I Don't Want To.

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?
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2010 - 66 answers

Share your favorite Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

What was your best D&D experience? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Apr 8, 2010 - 35 answers

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months?

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months? [more inside]
posted by flarbuse on Jan 22, 2010 - 12 answers

How does political cash in a campaign translate to a win?

How does political cash in a campaign translate to a win? [more inside]
posted by destro on Jan 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Reading on the Campaign Trail

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?
posted by minicloud on Nov 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Campaign stiffs campaign workers, won't respond. Solutions?

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Where do the insiders go?

What are the best "inside baseball" political blogs covering the upcoming New York City elections? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Sep 3, 2009 - 0 answers

Lessons from the Obama campaign

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]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me plan a D&D Campaign

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]
posted by Philby on Jul 30, 2009 - 17 answers

So, now that I've spent 30 minutes talking to you, will you vote for my guy?

For the politicos out there: how effective is phone banking / canvassing, statistically speaking? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Apr 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Sending emails through a nonprofit's website

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]
posted by acridrabbit on Apr 12, 2009 - 5 answers

What innovations of the Obama campaign could be applied to activist campaigns?

Could activists for social causes (e.g. global warming) learn something from the Obama campaign in how to effectively engage and mobilize people?
posted by GIMG on Jan 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Go Green for Obama?

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)
posted by limeonaire on Jan 15, 2009 - 14 answers

I scream, you scream, we all scream for a grassroots campaign strategy!

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]
posted by serazin on Nov 10, 2008 - 21 answers

Money's influence on state issues

Are there statistics or studies or articles about money swaying ballot propositions? [more inside]
posted by itesser on Nov 8, 2008 - 1 answer

Help Me Get Hope

Election 08: Best way to mount my campaign signs? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Oct 16, 2008 - 6 answers

Next up: modeling Main Street vs. Wall St

I want to play "the race card." Where can I print one out? [more inside]
posted by scission on Oct 13, 2008 - 4 answers

I want the debates to be annotated after the fact, a la pop-up video.

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]
posted by vytae on Oct 3, 2008 - 6 answers

What can I do to win the election for my candidate?

To the undecideds, or those who believe they can put themselves in the undecided's shoes: What might persuade you towards a particular candidate, particularly in the form of anything a volunteer might be able to do? Would someone coming to your door help, or hurt? Phone calls? Voter registration campaigns, or offers of rides to the polls? Signs in yards and clever bumper stickers? Blog posts? Emailing everyone I know with video clips and transcripts? What can be done to positively affect your decision in the presidential election? In short, how might I, as a volunteer, most effectively turn you into decided for my candidate. [more inside]
posted by davebug on Sep 26, 2008 - 20 answers

Talking points for BBC TV interview on role of Internet in U.S. politics

I've just been asked to be interviewed for a popular show on BBC TV to talk about the role of the Internet in U.S. politics for this campaign cycle. What are some succinct and intelligent talking points I can follow without sounding like I'm talking out my arse. [more inside]
posted by camworld on Sep 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Getting involved in the campaign as a non-citizen

Can permanent residents (not US citizens) get involved in the political campaign? [more inside]
posted by papalotl on Sep 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Short & Sweet Truth About Obama?

On behalf of my parents, where is a source that they can use to look up short and sweet responses to counter to the attacks on Obama leveled by their Republican neighbors? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 4, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me help him

OK. Let's do this fucking thing. I want to help Obama get elected. How can I have the biggest impact in the immediate run-up to Election Day? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Aug 29, 2008 - 20 answers

What Makes a Dubya 2000 Vote an Understandable Decision?

I'd honestly like to know why half of America voted for George W. Bush in 2000: what their reasoning was. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 25, 2008 - 100 answers

Need To Score Some Hope Pronto

I feel incredibly stupid for asking this, but where can I find Obama bumper stickers, buttons, and other materials in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 21, 2008 - 11 answers

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