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Money in Politics
37 minutes | 10 days ago
The Role of Fundraising in Democratic Primaries
Richard DeShay Elliott is the elections analyst at PrimaryCast, a new project that looks at past trends and current election cycle data- such as fundraising figures- to make predictions about Democratic primaries in every state. PrimaryCast forecasts the overall competitiveness of the races, the vote shares, and ultimately, the outcomes, and was more successful in 2020 at predicting outcomes than most opinion polling. Richard joins the Money in Politics podcast to share more about this undertaking and what the data, and his research, suggest about the role of fundraising and spending in Democratic primaries in upcoming cycles.
15 minutes | a month ago
How-To: Don't Ghost Your Donors
This is a special message to candidates. On this "How To" episode of the Money in Politics podcast, Andrew shares best practices for thoughtfully concluding your fundraising for a cycle in a way that honors the relationships you’ve built and relied upon, and ensures they endure beyond any single political cycle.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Buying Your Donors
Figuring out who to reach out to and finding their current contact information may be one of the most important, yet hardest, aspects of building and cultivating your donor database. Grassroots Analytics offers campaigns a relatively straightforward answer to this problem - they will sell you the information. Sarah Elizabeth Pole is the Director of Marketing for Grassroots Analytics, which sells donor data to left-leaning campaigns. Sarah Elizabeth joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss when purchasing a donor list may be a good fit for a campaign, how successful these lists are, and how a purchased list ties into an organically grown network.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Fundraising for Political Technology
We have talked a lot on this podcast about the different kinds of political fundraising, and we have similarly talked about the role of political technology. Yet we have never talked about fundraising for political technology. Jeremy Smith is the Founder and CEO of Civitech, a technology company that builds tools for campaigns and activists, among others. Jeremy joins the Money in Politics podcast to talk about how Civitech serves progressive campaigns and causes, and how they approach fundraising in the political technology space.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Money in Politics at the Supreme Court
Contrary to a popular misconception, super PACs were not created by the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United. They were actually born out of a federal court of appeals decision in the case of SpeechNow.org v. FEC-- a case that was never reviewed by the Supreme Court. Ron Fein is the Legal Director at Free Speech for People, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that aims to reduce the role and influence of big money and corporate interests in elections. Ron and Free Speech for People, on behalf of a bipartisan coalition of members of congress, have a lawsuit pending before the Supreme Court now that would overturn SpeechNow. Ron joins the money in Politics podcast to talk about how super PACs were created, and ultimately, how they can be ended.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
How-To: Using Deadlines to Your Advantage
Deadlines, whether they are real or artificial, can be incredibly powerful fundraising tools. Donors are as procrastination-prone as anybody else, and a properly utilized deadline can create a compelling sense of urgency and make the donor feel like they made a meaningful contribution at an important time. On today's "How To" episode of the Money in Politics podcast, Andrew shares how campaigns can make the most of their next fundraising deadline while avoiding some major, but all-too-common, pitfalls.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Breaking Fundraising Records in a Red District
Phil Ehr is running for Congress in Florida's 1st Congressional District against incumbent Representative Matt Gaetz. Ousting an incumbent is difficult enough under normal circumstances, let alone when they are one of President Trump's most vocal supporters in a heavily Republican district. Peter Cowley works on Ehr's campaign fundraising team and joins the Money in Politics podcast to share how the campaign has approached fundraising and broken records in a red district.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Fundraising for Latino Candidates
If you've listened to the podcast before, you'll know that we like to discuss how people of all identities experience the process of political fundraising. After all, money can ultimately determine who is considered a "credible" candidate. There are several organizations that are working to even the money-playing field for candidates of all backgrounds. Daniela Fernandez is the Finance Director of the Latino Victory Fund, a progressive organization looking to grow Latino political power by increasing Latino representation among elected officials and building a base of Latino donors. She joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss the work of the Latino Victory Fund and the experiences of Latino candidates.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
A Loophole: Foreign Money in Politics
Issue One, a crosspartisan organization that brings together Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, recently published a report detailing a concerning loophole that can allow for anonymous money to flood our electoral process. Michael Beckel is the Research Director at Issue One and is the author of that report, "Mystery Money." He joins the Money in Politics Podcast to share more about what he found when it comes to potential foreign influence in our elections.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Misusing Campaign Funds and Taxpayer Dollars
It seems that all too often, we find ourselves reading another scandal about the ethical lapses of our elected representatives, and this past month was no different. Chris Marquette, a reporter for CQ Roll Call, recently reported that Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. may have used thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars and campaign funds for personal expenses on gas fill-ups for him and his family, greens fees at country clubs, luxurious trips, school tuition, and an extravagant Christmas party. Chris joins the Money in Politics podcast to talk about how this happened and the accountability mechanisms that exist to help protect against bad behavior.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Black Political Power & Fundraising
Black Americans are underrepresented at almost every level of elected office, from the state legislature to the United States Senate. Quentin Jones is the Founder and President of The Collective, a PAC that seeks to attain political equity for Black Americans by educating voters and donors, and by equipping candidates with the resources they need to win. To this end, The Collective has raised and bundled over $10,000,000 and amassed a subscriber network in the hundreds of thousands. Quentin joins the Money in Politics podcast to share how The Collective approaches its support of candidates and what must change about the current role of money in politics to ensure an expansion of black political representation.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Perspectives from a Professional Fundraiser
The 2020 election cycle has been a roller coaster for professional fundraisers as they have adapted to a global pandemic, an unprecedented presidential election, and new waves of racial justice activism throughout the country. Mather Martin is an experienced political and non-profit fundraiser who currently works with Senator Cory Booker but has also worked with Senator and Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris, as well as philanthropist and mega-donor Sean Parker. Mather joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss new trends in the fundraising sector.
44 minutes | 4 months ago
Draining the Swamp, with the Directors of HBO's 'The Swamp'
Welcome to season two of the Money in Politics podcast, and what better way to begin this new season than by diving directly into the deep-end of the swamp?! We're joined today by Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme, the directors of a new HBO documentary, The Swamp, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at congress through the experiences of Representatives Matt Gaetz, Thomas Massie, and Ken Buck, as they, in each their own way, combat the financial interests that play such a big role in congress. DiMauro and Pehme share what they learned from a year of following around these three congressmen to make this film.
3 minutes | 4 months ago
Season One Finale
Today's episode marks the Season One finale of the Money in Politics podcast! Throughout this season, we have learned a lot from incredibly interesting people with a wide range of perspectives. Reporters from the Wall Street Journal and Politico have helped us cover new developments in the 2020 cycle, the authors and lobbyists for landmark ethics legislation have shared how they enact tangible change, and those who advise major donors on their giving have helped us better understand how donors think. We've spoken with organizers on the ground who are recruiting, training, and coaching candidates in this pandemic; and we have heard from the multitude of voices calling for less, and sometimes, even more, money in politics. Though we will be on a brief hiatus, Season Two will be here soon! In the meantime, please reach out to us. We want to know the topics you want to hear more about, and the guests you want to hear more from. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
32 minutes | 5 months ago
State Legislative Caucuses
House Caucuses can play a huge role in state legislative campaigns, but to many people, they can be a little bit mysterious. Da'Quan Love serves as the Political Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party House Caucus, and he previously served as their Deputy Finance Director. Da'Quan joins the Money in Politics podcast to talk about the role of the House Caucus in campaigns and elections, how fundraising for the caucus looks different than individual candidate campaigns, and he shares some best practices for state legislative candidate fundraising.
26 minutes | 5 months ago
More Money in Politics
We've spoken with a lot of people on this show about their efforts to get money out of politics as part of their work to preserve and protect our democracy. While Noah Maier shares this same ultimate goal, he takes a completely different approach. Noah is a professional political fundraiser who wants to get more money behind progressive political candidates and causes. To that end, he currently works as a fundraiser for the One for Democracy Initiative, which seeks to get people to pledge at least 1% of their wealth to empower community organizers and to defeat Donald Trump. Noah joins the Money in Politics podcast to address skepticism about big money in politics and to share how political giving can be a high-impact way to bring about change.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Congressional Insider Trading
The Department of Justice recently opened investigations into lawmakers who sold millions of dollars in stocks after attending closed-door congressional briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic, soon before the market experienced a sharp downturn. Prior to the 2012 passage of the STOCK Act, however, it was completely legal for members of congress to use private information they received as part of their congressional duties to make trading decisions for their own financial benefit. Unsurprisngly, they frequently did. Craig Holman helped draft and pass the STOCK Act, along with some of the most influential ethical and financial regulations concerning public officials. He's done so as the Capitol Hill lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. Craig joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss these most recent allegations of insider trading, as well as his other work to fight back against the negative impact of money in politics.
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Training Women who Run for Office
Ryanne Olsen is the Training and Curriculum Director at Emerge America, an organization that recruits and trains women to run for office. She joins the Money in Politics podcast to share the specific strategies Emerge uses to prepare women to fundraise, how they overcome the hurdles that are unique to women candidates, and how the advent of women-centric donor circles is changing the political landscape.
7 minutes | 6 months ago
How-To: Strong End-of-Quarter Fundraising
The end of a quarter (EOQ) is a critical time for fundraising. For many, a quarterly financial reporting deadline can mean an opportunity to demonstrate viability and momentum that could be crucial to the campaign. On today's "How To" episode of the Money in Politics podcast, Andrew shares some best practices for end-of-quarter fundraising so that your campaign can make the most of this opportunity.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Preserving a Strong Democracy
The health of our democracy has increasingly come into question in recent years and decades, and the role money plays in our politics is a big part of that discussion. David Hawkings is the Editor in Chief of The Fulcrum, a nonprofit and nonpartisan newsite that is dedicated to covering the problems that threaten our democratic system, and the work being done to help address those problems. David joins the Money in Politics podcast to talk about this mission, the platform's recent "Democracy Madness" tournament in which money in politics played a big role, and how he's thinking about covering our democracy's health for the balance of the 2020 election cycle.
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