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#12: Keep your receipts!

8/6/2018
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Recently, Rep. Kevin Kramer (R-ND) was accused of lying on FEC forms tracking travel reimbursement. How did his campaign show that this was a dirty political attack? He kept his receipts! Jack and Adrienne discuss why it's important to keep those receipts, log those miles, and file timely reports for travel reimbursements. They also go over some of the common pitfalls campaigns makes and tips to make tracking easier. Lastly, they discuss how the Senate is closer than ever before...

Duration:00:16:00

#11: Foreign Money In U.S. Politics

7/27/2018
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The FEC recently considered two proposals about changing the rules on foreign money in U.S. elections. Is this partisan politics, media hoopla, or a real problem that the FEC needs to address? What laws are already on the books and do they need to be updated? What is the hang up at the FEC? What were in the proposals? What can non-citizens do and not do with US elections? What should campaigns be worried about? Jack and Adrienne discuss if foreign money is a major threat to our elections...

Duration:00:19:32

#10: Your Campaign Security Is Bad

7/3/2018
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A recent survey from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School found that only 39% of campaign staffers are concerned about hacks. Jack and Adrienne discuss simple steps your campaign can take that aren't expensive or time consuming to make your data and systems more secure. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are those of the hosts and do no necessarily reflect the policies or positions of CMDI, or any other agency, organization, employer, or company.

Duration:00:19:49

Does Janus Change Everything?

6/26/2018
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This week, the Supreme Court will hand down their decision in the anticipated Janus vs. AFSCME case. In this episode, Jack and Adrienne discuss how elections are likely to change if the Supreme Court rules against public sector unions. Currently, only 6.5% of private sector workers are members of a labor union. However, 34.4% of government employees, at local, state and federal levels, are part of a public sector union. About half of this membership is concentrated in California, New...

Duration:00:15:43

#8: Data Clean

6/18/2018
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Dirty data can end up costing your campaign or PAC more since expensive mail packages are sent to wrong addresses and valuable staff time is wasted. Learn about cost-saving practices that also keep your data in shape as Jack and Adrienne discuss data hygiene and maintenance with Greg Andreycak, the director of account services at CMDI. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are those of the hosts and do no necessarily reflect the policies or positions of CMDI, or any other...

Duration:00:19:33

#7: Facebook's New Advertising Rules

6/4/2018
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Facebook has made the news for their new political ad policy. Jack and Adrienne discuss which ads Facebook considers to be political, the list of topics classified as issue ads, how to get verified, and how the new rules affect nonprofits, small businesses, and former office holders. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are those of the hosts and do no necessarily reflect the policies or positions of CMDI, or any other agency, organization, employer, or company.

Duration:00:13:22

#6: Rosie's FEC Fun

5/14/2018
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Jack and Adrienne discuss the report that Rosie O'Donnell made campaign contributions that exceeded FEC limits under different names and addresses. Is this the same situation as conservative writer, Dinesh D'Souza? Will Rosie go to jail?

Duration:00:10:34

#1: What is Advisory Opinions?

5/11/2018
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What is Advisory Opinions? Who are the hosts, and why are we doing this podcast?

Duration:00:01:34

Money & Polls 2018 Edition

5/11/2018
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A discussion on polling months out of the midterms.

Duration:00:18:05

Recurring donations and why to include them in your strategy.

5/4/2018
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Our VP of Product Jack Simms joins to discuss the implementation and strategies to add and manage a recurring giving program.

Duration:00:15:43

Cryptocurrency and campaigns.

5/4/2018
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How to accept Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency as a compliant donation.

Duration:00:20:55

Most common FEC mistakes and how to stop making them.

5/4/2018
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Our Director of Compliance Jeff Wernsing shares the most common mistakes made when making FEC filings.

Duration:00:16:13