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United States Senate schedule

Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

9:30 AM
    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Investigations
        Hearings to examine abuse of structured financial products, focusing on misusing basket options to avoid taxes and leverage limits, including a set of transactions that utilize financial engineering and structured financial products.
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9:45 AM
    Finance
        Hearings to examine the United States Tax Code.
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9:45 AM
    Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
        Hearings to examine coal miners, focusing on black lung claimants.
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10:00 AM
    Foreign Relations
        Business meeting to consider The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13, 2006, and signed by the United States of America on June 30, 2009 (the "Convention") (Treaty Doc.112-07), and S.J.Res.36, relating to the approval and implementation of the proposed agreement for nuclear cooperation between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
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10:00 AM
    Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
        Hearings to examine anti-semitism, racism and discrimination in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region, including xenophobia, discrimination against Christians, and members of other religions, and intolerance and discrimination against Muslims.
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10:30 AM
    Energy and Natural Resources
        Hearings to examine leveraging America's resources as a revenue generator and job creator, focusing on the state and local government benefits in terms of revenue generated and jobs created from natural resource production.
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2:30 PM
    Intelligence
        Closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters.
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3:00 PM
    Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
        Hearings to examine building economically resilient communities, focusing on local and regional approaches.
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3:00 PM
    Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps
        Hearings to examine United States security implications of international energy and climate policies and issues.
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3:00 PM
    Veterans' Affairs
        Hearings to examine the nomination of Robert Alan McDonald, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

Time to be announced.
    Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
        Business meeting to consider S.315, to reauthorize and extend the Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research, and Education Amendments of 2008, S.2154, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program, S.531, to provide for the publication by the Secretary of Human Services of physical activity guidelines for Americans, S.2405, to amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain trauma care programs, S.2406, to amend title XII of the Public Health Service Act to expand the definition of trauma to include thermal, electrical, chemical, radioactive, and other extrinsic agents, S.2539, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs relating to traumatic brain injury and to trauma research, S.2511, to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to clarify the definition of substantial cessation of operations, and any pending nominations.
TBA        
    
9:30 AM
    Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
        Hearings to examine meeting the challenges of feeding America's school children.
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9:30 AM
    Environment and Public Works
        An oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.
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10:00 AM
    Finance: Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
        Hearings to examine saving for an uncertain future, focusing on how the "Achieving a Better Life Experience Act" (ABLE) can help people with disabilities and their families.
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10:00 AM
    Rules and Administration
        Hearings to examine S.2516, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, focusing on the need for expanded public disclosure of funds raised and spent to influence Federal elections.
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1:45 PM
    Small Business and Entrepreneurship
        Hearings to examine empowering women entrepreneurs, focusing on understanding successes, addressing persistent challenges, and identifying new opportunities.
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2:30 PM
    Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security
        Hearings to examine insuring our future, focusing on building a flood insurance program we can live with, grow with, and prosper with.
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2:30 PM
    Commerce, Science, and Transportation
        Business meeting to consider S.1804, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, S.1893, to require the Transportation Security Administration to implement best practices and improve transparency with regard to technology acquisition programs, S.2030, to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, S.2094, to provide for the establishment of nationally uniform and environmentally sound standards governing discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, and S.2250, to extend the Travel Promotion Act of 2009.
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2:30 PM
    Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks
        Hearings to examine H.R.412, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, S.1189, to adjust the boundaries of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium, S.1389 and H.R.1501, bills to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument in Fort Greene Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, as a unit of the National Park System, S.1520 and H.R.2197, bills to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, S.1641, to establish the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, S.1718, to modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in the Commonwealth of Virginia, S.1750, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into agreements with States and political subdivisions of States providing for the continued operation, in whole or in part, of public land, units of the National Park System, units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and units of the National Forest System in the State during any period in which the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture is unable to maintain normal level of operations at the units due to a lapse in appropriations, S.1785, to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in the States of Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker's Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System, S.1794, to designate certain Federal land in Chaffee County, Colorado, as a national monument and as wilderness, S.1866, to provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy, S.2031, to amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, S.2104, to require the Director of the National Park Service to refund to States all State funds that were used to reopen and temporarily operate a unit of the National Park System during the October 2013 shutdown, S.2111, to reauthorize the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, S.2221, to extend the authorization for the Automobile National Heritage Area in Michigan, S.2264, to designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, S.2293, to clarify the status of the North Country, Ice Age, and New England National Scenic Trails as units of the National Park System, S.2318, to reauthorize the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act, S.2346, to amend the National Trails System Act to include national discovery trails, and to designate the American Discovery Trail, S.2356, to adjust the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve, S.2392, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain segments of East Rosebud Creek in Carbon County, Montana, as components of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, S.2576, to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, and S.2602, to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington.
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2:30 PM
    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
        Hearings to examine a more efficient and effective government, focusing on the National Technical Information Service.
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2:45 PM
    Commerce, Science, and Transportation
        Hearings to examine S.1340, to improve passenger vessel security and safety, focusing on improving consumer protections for cruise passengers.
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3:30 PM
    Indian Affairs
        An oversight hearing to examine Indian gaming, focusing on the next 25 years.
SD-628        
    

Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

10:00 AM
    Energy and Natural Resources
        Hearings to examine the nomination of Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.
SD-366        
    
10:00 AM
    Finance
        Hearings to examine Social Security, focusing on a fresh look at workers' disability insurance.
SD-215        
    
10:00 AM
    Foreign Relations
        Hearings to examine Iraq at a crossroads, focusing on options for United States policy.
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10:00 AM
    Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
        Hearings to examine the role of states in higher education.
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10:15 AM
    Judiciary
        Hearings to examine the nominations of Stephen R. Bough, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, Armando Ormar Bonilla, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Wendy Beetlestone, Mark A. Kearney, and Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., all to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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10:30 AM
    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
        Hearings to examine the nomination of Anne E. Rung, of Pennsylvania, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget.
SD-342        
    
2:30 PM
    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
        Hearings to examine making the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) more effective for streamlined disaster operations, focusing on the path to efficiency.
SD-342        
    
3:45 PM
    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
        Hearings to examine the nomination of Joseph L. Nimmich, of Maryland, to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
SD-342        
    

Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

2:15 PM
    Foreign Relations
        Hearings to examine the nomination of John Francis Tefft, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Department of State.
SD-419        
    
2:30 PM
    Joint Economic Committee
        Hearings to examine increasing economic opportunity for African Americans, focusing on local initiatives that are making a difference.
SD-G50        
    

Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014

10:00 AM
    Judiciary
        Hearings to examine the next steps for the "Violence Against Women Act" (VAWA), focusing on protecting women from gun violence.
SD-226        
    
2:30 PM
    Indian Affairs
        An oversight hearing to examine responses to natural disasters in Indian country.
SD-628        
    

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Brand Management

This is something that no campaign can be without! You need to have a cohesive brand across all of your printed materials, so that when people see it they immediately recognize whose brand it is without even reading the material. This is something major corporations have been doing for over a century -because it works. We all know the golden arches means McDonalds, right? Well your campaign logo is no different. You want the voters in your district to recognize your brand so that they remember it at the polls.
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Campaign Photography

It is no secret that professional photographs are a requirement in today's political climate. If the pictures look like they were taken on a cell phone camera then you won't be taken seriously.

But here is something that you probably didn't know: Just having Professional photographs is not good enough!

A recent study showed that when presented with pictures of candidates in a political race; people with absolutely no knowledge of the candidate's platform or political party were able to pick the winner of the race an astonishing 89% of the time!

Do you know what your pictures should look like? We do.

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Website Build & Design

The days of being able to run a successful campaign without a professional website are over. Nearly 75% of all voters say that when they find out someone is running for office, they look the candidate up online.

If your website is not easy to use, informative, and clean then you don't stand a chance. We run into a lot of people that have friends or family members make a quick campaign website for a candidate. These volunteers always have the best intentions but more often than not leave you wishing that you had hired a professional from the start. Spelling and Grammatical errors stick out like a sore thumb on campaign websites. Errors on your website become fodder for your opponent and a detriment to you when a voter notices and thinks that you lack the attention to detail that is required of elected officials.

Also there are certain requirements of disclosures on websites that must be adhered to. Your volunteers are likely not up to date with these and may land you in hot water with the agency governing your election.

We know how campaign sites show look, we know how they should function, and we know the required disclosures you need. Do you?

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Website Hosting

Though not the best of options as it could cause a lag in your website's load time, we do have the ability to host your site on our servers. This will save you a little bit of money but requires that your URL be forwarded -with masking- from the site that you purchased your domain from. For this we suggest using Godaddy to purchase your domain name. We would not, however, suggest using Godaddy to host your campaign website.

We only offer this hosting to our clients that also have us build their campaign website.

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Candidate Training

Most people decide to run for office because they have a specific issue in mind. Unfortunately they don't think about everything else that goes with running for office.

For example, if you are running for congress because you think that the federal government is too big and you want to be a budget hawk in order to ensure that we have a balanced budget and lower the national debt. What committees do you want to be a part of? What is your stance on Internet affecting Laws like CISPA, or SOPA? How do you feel about the Davis-Bacon Act? Where are you on Currency Reform? There are SO MANY things that you have to know about. So many different answers to such a wide array of questions, that very few people can do it without help.

You may be able to think quick on your feet, but if you don't have the training and direction you need, you will end up looking inexperienced and non-electable.

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Comprehensive Media Strategies

No campaign is the same. No district is the same. Knowing that, it is easy to say No Media Strategy can be the same. Cookie-Cutter media strategies DO NOT WORK!

The problem that most run into is improper targeting of media assets especially here in California. Since the passage of Prop 14 media targeting is a whole new ball game. We have the experience to adapt to any locale and properly target you key demographics.

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Debate Preparation

Can you hold your own in an argument?

That is basically all a debate is. But can you make your point in less than 60 seconds? Have you memorized you opening and closing statements? Do you know when to smile and nod vs when to interrupt and attack? Can you speak extemporaneously on every topic that will come up in a political debate? Can you think on your feet? Do you have your answers ready before you walk into the debate hall?

Do you know the argument points of your opposition?

We will help you be able to answer YES to everyone of those questions.

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District Mailing Strategies

Most campaign consultants will tell you.. "just send mailers out to members of your party" That is so wrong it is nearly laughable. We're not going to give away any trade secrets here but we know how to target and who to target to give the maximum positive results for your campaign.

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District Research

No two districts are the same. It takes skill and experience to do the needed research on your district to give you the best possible chance of winning.

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Endorsement Collection

Endorsements give the appearance of credibility. No one has ever gotten elected without endorsements. We have the contacts to help you get the endorsements that will do the most good for your campaign.
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Event Management

This is one of the most difficult things for a candidate. Creating a fundraising event that people that will show up for and pay money for.
OR creating an event designed to get you the most return on election day.

This is something that almost every new candidate dreads. Don't worry, we've go this one covered. We have a trademark pending approach specifically designed to get voters to, not only attend your event but, to vote for you as well.

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Fundraising

We all know that money is the "Mother's Milk" of politics. Because of that candidates need to spend hours upon hours fundraising. However, if you don't know how to fundraise you will never get any donations. We will teach you how.

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Graphic Design Services

So, you have decided to run for office. You may have a logo that you have made for your Facebook cover photo. Do you have one for Google+ and Twitter? They are different sizes. What about a custom background image for Twitter? Do you have your profile photos in all the various sizes that are needed? Do all of your images match up stylistically? What about matching up with your yard signs, website banner, and brochures?

We have working relationships with a number of extremely talented graphic designers and photographers. And if you don't want to deal with all of the headaches of making sure all of your graphics stay in line with your brand, we know how to do it.

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Image Consulting

Did you know that some shades of the color red look bad on video recordings? Do you know that a mirror shine on your shoes makes people think that you are trying to act like you are superior to them?
Men, how much gray in your hair is too much?

Presenting the proper image to the voters goes a very long way to helping you get elected.

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Merchandise Consulting

From Bumper Stickers to Tee-Shirts fundraising merchandise has been around for over 100 years in American Politics. There is a lot of strategy that goes into how and when to sell or give away those items. They can be a great vote-getter or a gigantic money pit with no return on your investment.

Doing it wrong is easy, doing it right is difficult. We know what we're doing to make sure it gets done right.

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Opposition Research

How well do you know your opponent, their past, their plans, their words, their record on issues, their available funds, their expenditures?

Do you have the needed hours of time to find it all out?

It is a very important thing to be able to call out your opponent when they are changing their stance from speech to speech in order to take votes away from you. Or to be able to point out that they voted against the interest of a specific group, or their entire district.

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Policy Research

This is a HUGE thing.

As a candidate you will get asked your opinon on a wide array of topics, the Hatch Act, NDAA, Congressional Salary and Retirement, Constitutional Amendments, Welfare, PPACA(Obamacare), farm bill regulations, regulatory agency rulings, Tax Policy, Budget, Debt, Foreign Aid.. this list could be a thousand items long. You need someone that will help you identify the policy issues that are at the forefront of the public debate and to accuratley brief you on what the facts are.

This requires not only a knowlegde of exisiting policy, but the ability to source and understand pending legislation.

That is something you want someone else doing for you. It takes hours of reading a day to do it right along with the ability to quicly access the information required.

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Polling Data Collection

Polling do A LOT for a candidate. No only does it assess wether or not the public thinks you are electable, it also gets your name out to the public giving the ability to think of you as an alternative to your opponent. Not to mention the ability to release favorable polling data in the form of a press release to local media which will draw attention to you as well.

Proper polling gives you needed information about the publi's perception of you and will help your campaign a great deal.

We can do that, can you?

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Print Strategies

Nothing is more important to a campaign than mailers and door hangars. They provide the largest return for you investment - if done correctly and sent to the right people.

Are you going to send printed material to every single home in your district? I hope your answer to that is NO. You need to target your distribution as well as properly craft the message and design.

A good Print Stragegy combines design, voter roll filtering, mailer strategy and wordsmithing.

Doing it by yourself - or getting that amateur friend of a friend, or family member to do it- makes it about as possible to do properly as dropping out of highschool and then passing the BAR Exam and becoming a world class lawyer. Possible, but not likely.

Our Team has over a century of combined experience in doing it right.

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Robo-Calling

We generally do not recomend this strategy as the laws governing automated calling are very complex and vary from state to state. The Laws are also different depending on if you are calling a cell phone or a land-line.

All of that being said, we can run a robo-call campaign for you, we do have the experience to get it done.

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Signature Gathering Strategies

In many districts a certain number of signatures of registered voters in your area are required in order for you to be a candidate. Every state has different rules and regulations governoring the collection of signatures for political purposes. One our members was a professional signature gatherer for years. He was sent to multiple states to run these types of campaigns -for both proponents and opponents of legislation- where gathering large amounts of signatures in a small amount of time was a requirement where he excelled. We have the strategies you need to get all of the signatures you require. Let us put them to work for you.
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Social Media Consulting

I know what you are thinking... FREE MARKETING!
However, in this new age of internet every where, smart phones, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, G+, Reddit, and about 50 other social networks do you know how to -and which- socail network profiles to set up?

Can you craft a powerfull message in 100 characters? and do it right the first time, everytime?

Did you know there are services online that litterally catalog everything a candidate or politician posts to social media and even keeps things that you delete?

Can you afford to not have a professional handling your social media?

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Static Signage Consulting

Static Signs, Bandit Signs, Yard Signs, they are all the same thing and most candidates make the same mistakes.

We know the best practices for design as well as quickly identifing the best possible placement for your signs.

It is easy to get it right, but even easier to get it wrong.

Here is a piece of free advice: Never use a double sided sign.
There was a candidate running for office in northern california that made his 4x8s double sided. It was a nice clean layout but when the sign was back lit -from either the sun or just street lighting- the design on the back bled through and caused the picture of the candidate's face to have a very unfortunate design on it. He became the joke of the campaign and dropped out all because of bad sign design.

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Television and Radio Strategies

This one is so difficult to get right that we are very proud of the fact that we do.

Who are your voters?
What stations do they watch?
When do they watch?
What stations do they listen to?
When do they listen?
Do you make one spot to blanket everyone or do you target your audience?
Are you in an open primary? If so should you also target voters outside of your party?

What do you say?
How do you get it to fit 15, 30, and 45 second blocks?

If you don't know all of the answers to these questions then you will NEED our help.

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Treasury / Warchest Management

Nothing is worse that coming to your final push and realizing you do not have the cash on hand for the final month of campaigning.
You need someone to manage the books and make sure that you don't fall into the pit that has claimed more candidates in this country than we care to count.

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Virtual Town Hall Services

Wether it be a phone, or internet, based Virtual Town Hall we can make sure to get everything set up for you.

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Voter Roll Aquisition

We will get you the Voter Rolls for your district and help you identify your likely voters..
Remember just because they show up on the rolls does not mean that they will vote.

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Wordsmithing

This can not be hammered home hard enough!

If your message is not crafted properly YOU WILL LOSE!

Here Endeth The Lesson

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