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Money in Politics
36 minutes | 6 days ago
Money in Messaging
The 2020 elections demonstrated, once again, that you can have all the money in the world and still not win. There are many factors that influence the outcome of an election, and while having enough money to bring your message to all of your potential voters is certainly key, the nature of your messaging and the overarching strategy behind it is equally as important as its proliferation. John Rowley is the founder of Counterpoint Messaging, a company focused on political and advocacy campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. He has worked on over 500 campaigns in 47 states, and those campaigns have a winning record of 91%. John joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss how campaigns should be thinking about their messaging in an era of increasingly crowded candidate fields and media landscapes.
39 minutes | 13 days ago
Spending on Digital Media
A large and ever-growing piece of a campaign's budget is spent on digital advertising. While we have talked before on the podcast about the efficacy of using digital ads to fundraise, we've only scratched the surface on the other side of that digital ad spend: all the dollars that are put behind digital ads meant to persuade voters and get out the vote. Megan Clasen is the Senior Vice President of Digital at GMMB, a PR and communications firm in DC that works with candidates up and down the ballot, and she recently served as a senior paid media advisor to the Biden for President campaign. Megan joins the Money in Politics podcast to give her take on some of the digital lessons from the 2020 cycle and the incredible amounts of money that was spent to target voters with digital ads.
30 minutes | 20 days ago
Media + Money + Politics
The media plays an important role in our politics and the quantity and nature of media coverage a campaign receives can dramatically impact their ability to successfully fundraise. But that is merely one of the many ways that the media, money, and politics, all intersect. Michael Hardaway was a fundraiser on some of Barack Obama’s earliest campaigns, and is now the founder of a media startup called Hardaway Wire, which provides “intelligence briefings" to their membership on the major political issues of the day. Michael joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss how significant financial decisions in business can be influenced by politics, and how the media can shape these high stakes decisions through their accurate- or not so accurate- reporting of the policymaking process.
38 minutes | a month ago
Fundraising With Digital Media
One of the fastest-changing landscapes in politics is digital media. Whether it is connected TV or ads on social media, there are more ways than ever to reach voters and donors. But while there are certainly some high profile examples of national campaigns leveraging digital tools to raise astronomical sums, what are the real opportunities, and limitations of digital fundraising, for everyone else? Bill Gordon is the CEO of Yosemite Consulting, a digital media trading desk and strategy firm focused on progressive causes. Bill joins the Money in Politics podcast to share how campaigns up and down the ballot are utilizing their digital media presence to not only turn out the vote, but also to unlock fundraising opportunities.
41 minutes | a month ago
A Conversation with Joe Biden's Pollster
Understanding voters’ attitudes is an important part of an effective campaign. After all, if a campaign is going to spend significant sums of money to get their message out there, they need to be sure that they are crafting their message in a way that reaches and resonates with people. To that end, campaigns have long invested in polling and research. Celinda Lake is the president of Lake Research Partners and is one of the Democratic Party’s leading political strategists. She serves as a pollster and senior advisor to President-Elect Biden, the national party committees, and dozens of Democratic incumbents and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Celinda joins the Money in Politics podcast to discuss the accuracy, capacity, and limitations of polling and research, as well as what it tells us about public attitudes surrounding money in politics.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Despite its importance, the topic of opposition research often exists in the shadows. Whether, and how, campaigns choose to spend money on research can play a huge role in the outcome of an election, and unsurprisingly, money and fundraising often find themselves at the center of this in damaging ways. Carol Andrews is a nationally awarded political researcher and strategist who has spent two decades advising candidates and elected officials in every level of government. Carol joins the Money in Politics podcast to shed some light on the inner workings of opposition research and how campaigns make use of the insights her work provides.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Money in Lobbying
When people hear the phrase "money in politics," they may think about the role of dollars in campaigns. But another concept probably comes to mind: lobbying. Many associate lobbying with something sinister, such as decision-makers being paid to act on behalf of special interests. But the ability to press elected officials to influence policy outcomes is a big part of our democracy. MP Wray is the founder and owner of Top Drawer Strategies, a government and public relations firm based in Louisiana. MP joins the Money in Politics podcast to help us better understand the world of lobbying and the role of money in that process.
37 minutes | 2 months 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 | 3 months 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 4 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 5 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 | 6 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.
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