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#AOLBuild Hosts Director Extraordinaire Rob Reiner

AOL BUILD | Posted 07.24.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

"If you are a creative person, you try to create things that are an extension of yourself" - professed Hollywood's jack-of-all-trades, Rob Reiner th...

Want a Winning Website for Your Non-Profit?

Laura Packard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Laura Packard

Say you have a successful long-established non-profit advocacy group. Or perhaps you just launched your political campaign or non-profit online. Now it's time for your organization to do a full website build (or rebuild)!

Can You Be A Political Mudslinger And Still Have A Soul?

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political campaigns are increasingly staffed by people whose sole job is to figure out how to destroy the opposition. They tend to be yo...

Campaign Trail Glamour: Underwear Runs, Weight Gain, Stretchy Pants And Loud Sex

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presidential campaigns aren’t always as glamorous as they are portrayed in the movies. They often involve seemingly never-ending hours...

'Drinking And Talking' Explores The Dark Side Of Political Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At the heart of a presidential campaign are two kinds of creatures. There is the campaign operative, whose job is to bolster his or her ...

Amplifyd: Crowd-Sourced Lobbying Launches Website

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

Here a concerned citizen can pay a small fee for an activist to make phone calls to elected officials on their behalf, with part of the money going to the non-profit managing the campaign.

How to Use Effective Online Advocacy to Grow Your List

Laura Packard | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Laura Packard

The dirty little secret is that a lot of online advocacy doesn't necessarily accomplish anything offline AND it isn't growing your list either. So you...

How to Use Social Media to Build Your Email List

Laura Packard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business
Laura Packard

If people prefer to get your content on social media, why try so hard to get their email address? Two reasons: reach and control.

So You're Running for Office. How Do You Launch a Political Campaign Online?

Laura Packard | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Laura Packard

As a digital strategist and political consultant, I see political campaigns all the time that launch with critical pieces missing in their strategy. T...

Wrong Number, Ma'am

Mark D. Weinberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark D. Weinberg

Of all the unsettling aspects of recent political campaigns -- and there are many -- none is more "icky" than having a candidate's wife record a robocall about how wonderful her husband is.

Twitter and the 2014 Election: Mysteries Revealed!

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Dan Rutherford is playing by the social media rules, Kirk Dillard is one of the most engaging candidates on the Twitter-sphere, people must really want to hear what Gov. Quinn has to say, and Bill Brady writes golden tweets.

Jason Linkins

Michele Bachmann's Legislative Accomplishments In One Chart

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

All the haters who say that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has a "thin legislative resume" are totally forgetting that time she sponsored H.R. 923 (1...

Jason Linkins

Michele Bachmann's Presidential Bid: Was It A Smart Thing To Do?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

Did Michele Bachmann make the right decision to run for president in 2012? I'm not sure that "running for president in 2012" was a smart decision for ...

Bachmann: I'm Leaving Congress

Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced early Wednesday that she will not seek a fifth term in office. The decision to bow out of the 2014 race w...

Body Language for Aspiring Politicians: Nonverbal Communication in Politics

Vanessa Van Edwards | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Vanessa Van Edwards

For aspiring politicians, knowing how to engage and reach the masses with their ideas and beliefs is essential. But knowing what to say is just as important as how to say it.

Confessions From an Obama Campaign Staffer

Laurence Pevsner | Posted 03.09.2013 | College
Laurence Pevsner

Now that the campaign's over, and the President will be inaugurated in a matter of weeks, I am no longer a representative of Obama for America. And I have a few confessions to get off my chest about this summer.

Political Campaigns and Google AdWords Ethics

Craig Agranoff | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology
Craig Agranoff

The way AdWords is used isn't always ethical. The good news is that it's cheaper for a campaign to use AdWords in an ethical manner than it is for negative campaigns to try to destroy opponents with it.

The Efficient Use of Money

Theodore R. Daniels | Posted 02.18.2013 | Money
Theodore R. Daniels

While most people would not enjoy the process of analyzing and budgeting expenditures it is something that must be done. The inefficient and useless expenditure of money can be major impediments to accomplishing your financial goals.

Dissecting the Political Race, Hollywood-style

Lynn Vavreck | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Lynn Vavreck

Candidates must bridge these types, persuading voters to see them both as the big budget hero -- "He's all of us" - -and at the same time, as an indie-protagonist -- "He's one of us."

High Anxiety, Low Information, Moderate Expectations: The Importance of Voter Psychographics in Elections

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Frequently, citizens' votes have more to do with who they are as opposed to who the candidates are or what their ads say. That's why when it comes to winning elections in close races understanding psychographics trumps demographics.

Worrying the Details of Political Campaigns

Susan Orlins | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Susan Orlins

While watching the 2012 political campaigns unfold, it reminds me of my ex's 1992 race for U.S. Congress. As a worrywart I multi-minutiae-worried my way through the entire campaign.

Immaculate Deception: Why Romney, Ryan & the Right Get to Lie

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

So how is it possible that Mitt Romney can even be considered for the most important job in the world? How can Paul Ryan even be considered for the spot next in line?

Stigmatizing Marginalized People Is Not Progressive

Katharine Celentano | Posted 12.12.2012 | San Francisco
Katharine Celentano

With ads like the one Courage Campaign insists on keeping up, which proclaims, "Every year my 'cokehead' brother ruins Christmas," society tells addicts and their loves ones that addicts, not addiction, are bad.

Beware Theater in Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Crucially, the president himself must become a critic. One flop may not an election make, but a second one? Can't happen. At the next rumble -- er, debate -- Mr. Obama must pull off Mr. Romney's many masks and expose his contradictions.

From Daisies to Swift Boats: It's Political Ad Season!

Marlo Thomas | Posted 11.21.2012 | Women
Marlo Thomas

Looking back, it's been fascinating to track the 60-year evolution of the political ads -- from the chirpy Eisenhower and Kennedy spots, complete with jingle-like campaign songs, to the more sophisticated and harder-hitting commercials we see today.