Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Winning Mark

Winning Mark

Winning Mark | Political Consulting Firm

Winning Mark is a Portland, Oregon-based political consulting firm that has helped many local campaigns succeed.  The political consulting firm is led by Mark Wiener, a man described by one profile as "Portland's most powerful political consultant."  Mark Wiener has earned that reputation by advising and campaigning for many local politicians from Governor John Kitzhaber to several city council members.

If you would like to learn more about Winning Mark, please visit this political consulting firm's website

If you would like to learn more about the man behind Winning Mark, Mark Wiener, here is an interesting and provocative profile of him.  

Here is a story that covers Mark Wiener's work campaigning for funding of Oregon's schools. 



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Monday, February 13, 2012

Political Strengths

Political Strengths

Identifying the Political Strengths of Your Candidate and Your Opponent

Identifying the political strengths of your candidate is the first step in defining your candidate and developing a communication message around that identity.  These strengths may be obvious, such as a candidate's professional successes.  Or, the strengths of your candidate may be less apparent at first.  I've found that it helps to create a chart identifying both your candidate's strengths and her weaknesses. 

By pointing out your candidate's shortcomings or weaknesses, you might find yourself countering with a previously unnoticed strength.  For example, by listing her shortcomings, you may say, "My candidate has only worked in the private sector and has zero experience in governing."  While that may turn off some voters, you could parlay this "weakness" into an advantage by characterizing that lack of experience in elected office as giving your candidate a unique perspective on today's problems that those who have spent years working as a public servant may not have. 

As you create your political strengths and weaknesses chart you will often find that a strength or weakness can easily be transformed into the opposite.  So, one campaign will say of an opposing candidate with primarily private sector experience "My opponent does not know how legislation works and will not be able to make good on his promises to the voters."  (You might recall that this is the argument that Michelle Bachman made for why she should be the GOP candidate--the other candidates were simply saying they would repeal "Obamacare," while she detailed the challenges to such an action and explained that it would require wider Republican control of Congress as well as the presidency.) On the other hand, as explained earlier in this post, you can use that lack of legislative experience as a positive (much as Oregon gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley did in 2010's contest, arguing that his experience--as a retired professional basketball player...--is more in line with the lives of ordinary Oregonians).

Similarly, identifying the strengths of your opponent will help you predict how his or her campaign strategy.  If your opponent was a conservative Republican lawmaker in the 2010 primary and was challenging your moderate Republican candidate's seat in Congress, it's safe to assume that he or she would try to stake out a position farther to the right of your candidate and use his or her moderate record to create the perception that the candidate is a RINO or even progressive.  Fortunately, you will not be surprised by this strategy as you have carefully "gamed" your opponent's strategy by identifying his strengths and your own candidate's weaknesses.   

I hope that this overview of how identifying the political strengths of your candidate and your opponent will help you craft a clearer message in your campaign.  Next, I will explain how to identify weaknesses in your candidate and your opponent.    

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Newt Gingrich Opposition Research


Mitt Romney Launches Onslaught Against Newt Gingrich

Most people in the Republican elite agreed that Mitt Romney couldn't afford to sit on his hands any longer.  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was gaining too much momentum and steadily becoming the front runner ahead of the Iowa caucuses.  Now, whether you believe Gingrich is a viable threat or not (I do) is a fair question but it was pretty clear that Romney was going to launch some attacks before Iowa.  I didn't expect the onslaught that is about to ensue:
ROMNEY'S NEW PLAYBOOK - Opening the spigots on Newt: Often campaigns feed out their opposition material through back-door leaks and plants, or bit by bit as specific issues arise, or at opportune moments in debates. With no time to lose, Mitt Romney is blasting Gingrich through the FRONT door. Last night, reporters got this advisory: "Romney Advisers Gov. John Sununu And Sen. Jim Talent To Hold Press Call On Gingrich Record ... [At 9 a.m. today], former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu and former Missouri Senator Jim Talent will hold a press conference call to discuss Speaker Newt Gingrich's record."
--We hear Romney plans a series of Newt hits around "issues important to conservatives." The debut salvo, and topic of the conference call: FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.
--Romney aides describe this as FIGHTING ON A SECOND FRONT: They say they'll keep their focus on Obama. He's doing a series of local-TV interviews today, and Romney has developed a "regional bracketing effort" to counter them in each market.  From Playbook.
Now, I understand why the Romney camp felt the need to attack Gingrich--he was climbing in the polls, he's leading the conversation, he's building a coalition of conservative voters that could lead to an even bigger defeat in South Carolina for Mitt, and there's a lot for opposition researchers to "love" in Gingrich's record--but it's that last point that makes this move so surprising to me.  Gingrich has a record that can manage to offend almost every GOP voter. Are you environmentally conservative? Think Newt and Nancy on a bench talking climate change.  More socially conservative?  Third marriage (unfortunate, but this is an important aspect for many voters).  I could go on, but I don't have to because almost every voter remembers something they don't like about Mr. Gingrich

This begs the question, why does Mitt have to get himself dirty slinging mud in such a direct way?  Perhaps, Romney's team listened to outside advisers who worried they'd backed a soft candidate or maybe they just couldn't stomach watching Newt Gingrich climb and wanted to bring him back down to earth.  I personally think that Team Romney wanted to prove that Mitt could fend off a challenge and make the case that he is tough enough to take on the President.  In this light, it seems more reasonable as it undermines one of the biggest arguments for a Gingrich nomination--he's chomping at the bit to take on Obama in the general.

Still, no matter what the justification is, it feels pretty heavy handed and Romney doesn't have the Republican base to go about brashly attacking fellow Republicans--especially one that many view as more conservative than Romney--so I fear it will backfire to some extend and further validate Gingrich as a viable candidate. 

What do you think?


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The Dawn Group

The Dawn Group

The Dawn Group | Political Consulting Firm

The Dawn Group is a Texas-based political consulting firm that also has an office in Washington, DC.  The firm manages campaigns in different states around the country and at every level.  According to the political consulting firm's website, "At The Dawn Group, we offer affordable solutions to fit the budget of every political candidate, political committee, or non-profit organization."

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Political Consulting Jobs

Political Consulting Jobs

Resources for Finding Political Consulting Jobs

Finding a job is always important, but in this economy it's even more dire.  That's why I am putting together this list of resources for finding political consulting jobs.  If you are looking for tips on landing a political consulting job, click here for a free article.  If you are looking for a political consulting job at the moment, you should consider the following resources:

Political Consulting Jobs Resources
  • Simply Hired: This job database has hundreds of political consulting job listings.  While I can't promise that every job listing will yield a good lead, there are a lot to choose from so you're bound to find some promising ones.  Perhaps most importantly, the website is free.  Click here to visit this political consulting jobs resource.
  • AOL Jobs:  This is a similar resource for political consulting job listings.  I encourage you to change your job title around as you search, sometimes you'll get different job results for "Political Consulting" as the keyword versus "Political Consultant." Click here to visit this political consulting jobs resource.
  • Political Consultant Career Profile: It's helpful to get a real look at what the life of a political consultant is like.  You can then guage if it is the type of lifestyle that agrees with your personality, schedule and talents.  In the coming weeks, I am going to be conducting interviews with various political consultants and I will be sure to ask them career-related questions.  For now, click here to visit this political consulting career profile.
  •  Monster:  The Monster Board will help you find political consulting job opportunities.  It is a political consulting job board.  Click here to visit this political consulting jobs resource.  http://www.monster.com 
  • The Ladders - Consultant Board: The Ladders is primarily a business and finance consulting board but it could help you find political consulting job opportunities.   Click here to visit this political consulting jobs resource.   
  • Vault:  Vault is a career resource and job listing board that I am familiar with from the financial side but it also has political consulting job listings.  Click here to visit this political consulting jobs resource.  
  • All the Services:  This job resource may help you find political consulting job opportunities.  It is a political consulting job board with many listings..  Click here to visit this political consulting jobs resource.    
  • Career Quest:  This job listing collection may help you find political consulting job opportunities.  It is a political consulting job board, but not of the highest quality from the looks of it.  Click here to visit this political consulting jobs resource.
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