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

How to Run for Office: Writing Thank You Notes

Your mom made you write these for a reason

Ah, thank you notes. The “burden” of every fun event from childhood. I can’t be the only person who dreaded writing thank you notes as a kid . Why should I have to spend an hour (which seemed like an eternity at 7 years old) writing thank you notes to distant relatives the day after my birthday before I could play [...]

January 19th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Money Saving Tips

There’s strength in frugality

Campaigns cost money — a lot of money. However, it doesn’t mean you have to drain your bank account or go into debt for your campaign. NDTC is here with a few handpicked money saving tips to help you save money during your campaign. The main thing to remember is that your donors want you to spend money on winning the election, [...]

January 18th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Credit Card Processing

Credit Card Processing 101

In the modern world where fewer and fewer people carry cash and heavily rely on electronic payments to pay for goods, credit cards are more prevalent than ever. For some campaigns, having the ability to process electronic payments is crucial — for others, it’s less than necessary. Here are some facts to help you decide whether your campaign needs to be able [...]

January 17th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Building a Finance Committee

Nearly every campaign wants to create a finance committee to raise money and take the burden off the candidate, but in reality, it’s not that easy. Much like a “magic” fundraising list, there is no “magic” trick to creating a successful finance committee. It takes time, planning and considerable work throughout a campaign. Finance committees have one goal — raising [...]

January 15th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Urban vs. Suburban vs. Rural

How your field plan will be different from all the rest

One-size-fits-all rarely ever actually fits. While this is usually said in the context of clothing and the wide variation in body type, this applies to campaigns too. Just like how each individual person has a different size and shape, campaigns are unique, influenced by several variables. Urban races are run very differently than rural races, with suburban campaigns falling somewhere [...]

January 14th, 2018

How to Run for Office: GOTV Make-a-Plan Scripts

Yes, you need one

You’ve knocked on doors, you’ve persuaded voters, and shook strangers’ hands. As you enter early voting season, you can see Election Day right around the corner. It’s all in the voters’ hands now, right? Wrong. There is still a ton of work you can do, and the most important of that is making sure your voters actually vote! While Election [...]

January 12th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Using Social Pressure

All the Cool Kids are Doing It

When you hear the term “Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV),” most people think of massive volunteer operations pushing people to the polls on behalf of a certain candidate. It’s fast-paced, data-driven, and often referred to as a political operatives favorite time of year. But what a lot of people don’t know is that effective GOTV programs require specific language, targeting, and follow-through. At [...]

January 11th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Some Real Talk on Voter Contact Expectations

“Politics is about shaking hands and kissing babies.” Has anyone ever actually said that to you? While it’s a tad simplistic, there is a tremendous amount of truth to the statement. The truth is, politics is about voter contact. Voter contact means introducing yourself personally (and with volunteers) directly to the voters. Most of the time voter contact means knocking [...]

January 10th, 2018