MARKETWATCH: Hillary says Bernie will play Robin to her Batman in crusade to fix student-loan mess

College affordability and student debt sparked many moments of discord on the campaign trail between the two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president. But now as the party pivots to take on Republican nominee, Donald Trump, those issues are proving to be key points of unity.

In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination Thursday, Hillary Clinton told supporters that she and her former rival Bernie Sanders would work together “to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all.” That moment comes three days after Sanders said Clinton’s college affordability plan would “revolutionize higher education” as part of a pitch for party unity during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. …

“The root cause of unity on the debt-free college issue is it’s immensely popular with voters and would be a game-changer in millions of people’s lives. Both candidates knew that and had an incentive to unify around this big idea,” said Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Commission, which helped push debt-free college into the mainstream through its advocacy. “A year and a half ago almost no politicians were talking about debt-free college and at this convention we’ve heard Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and a bunch of down-ticket candidates unifying around this big idea.”

REUTERS: For inspiration, new Democratic stars look to Elizabeth Warren

More than Sanders, Warren has taken the lead in shaping the Democrats’ next generation. Formerly a professor of law, Warren conceived and set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formed in 2011 under President Obama.

She launched a political action committee to back Democratic candidates and inspired other advocacy groups, such as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, to solicit donations to a bloc it terms the party’s “Warren wing.” …

The PCCC’s slate of “Warren wing” candidates supports a $15-an-hour minimum wage, campaign-finance reform and tighter rules for Wall Street.

One of those on the slate is Zephyr Teachout, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York, who has campaigned in a T-shirt that reads, “I’m from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the party” and who has been endorsed by Sanders.

“There is a rising and very important populism, talking about money in politics, talking about trade, talking about economic issues,” Teachout, 44, told Reuters. “Within the party, and across the board, there has been a serious rethinking of trade, rethinking of big banks, rethinking of monopolies that have too much power.”

BOSTON GLOBE: The next liberal lion: Sanders or Warren?

The progressives in the Democratic Party made their presence known at the convention and throughout the 2016 race. They shifted the party’s platform to the left. They protested outside the Wells Fargo Center and jeered speakers from the convention floor. And thanks to the party’s left flank, Democrats almost nominated a self-described socialist for president.

Now there’s just one question left: Who will be their leader next year, after the new president, whoever that is, moves into the White House? …

“The truth is that there is no need for them to clash over a leadership role because they can lead in different areas doing different things,” said Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of the progressive Democracy for America in Vermont, who organized a Draft Warren for president effort before eventually endorsing Sanders in the primary. “Sanders has a full range of issues he has talked about in the campaign, while Warren is laser focused on income inequality and Wall Street reform.”

Instead of one lion, there could be “many lions,” said Progressive Change Campaign Committee cofounder Stephanie Taylor, adding, “Let many flowers bloom.”

VICE: What Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Means to Democratic Women in America

Another aspect of Clinton’s appeal is that she seems to have evolved with the Democratic Party as it’s shifted to the left in recent years. “Two years ago, it was almost unimaginable that Hillary Clinton would be campaigning on debt-free college, expanding Social Security, breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and the public option,” Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, told me. “The fact that she’s there isn’t necessarily a revolution—it is symbolic of years of progressive hard work moving the Democratic Party in a populist direction.”

LA TIMES: Clinton has staked out many liberal positions, but will it quell unrest among progressives?

Though Hillary Clinton’s choice of running mate renewed charges from the left over the weekend that she is a centrist – even a “corporatist” – who posed as progressive to get through a hard-fought Democratic primary, her actions on the campaign trail are hardly those of a candidate racing back to the center.

Clinton heads into the Democratic National Convention starting Monday in Philadelphia as one of the party’s most liberal nominees in recent history, tacking so far in the direction of progressives that some are still astonished by the positions she has taken.

“Two years ago, it was almost unimaginable that Hillary Clinton would be campaigning on debt-free college, expanding Social Security, breaking up ‘too big to fail’ banks and all these other progressive issues,” said Adam Green, a founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “It is the sign of our times and her recognition of where the country has moved.”

MIC: What Bernie Sanders Will Say to Unite Democrats

Bernie Sanders hoped to use his primetime address Monday at the Democratic National Convention here to highlight the moral victories achieved by his progressive insurgency while urging his supporters to consolidate behind Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump.

But the leak of internal emails showing Democratic National Committee staffers disparaging Sanders and discussing ways to undermine his White House bid has reopened the wounds of Clinton and Sanders’ fierce primary battle, complicating the Vermont senator’s task. …

Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said Sanders should stress his campaign’s successes in moving the party to the left on key economic populist issues.

“There’s process, and there’s substance. Despite some process flaws, progressives won the day on the substance,” Green said. “The fact that we have a Democratic Party united around debt-free college, expanding Social Security, breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and the public option shows that we won.”

THE HILL: Warren to go on attack for Clinton

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is relishing her role as one of Hillary Clinton’s most effective attack dogs against Donald Trump. …

But Warren is unlikely to stop attacking Trump and pushing her economic message just because she won’t be the vice presidential nominee, say allies on the left.

“She’s motivated by a policy agenda she believes in,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “She’s not motivated by a desire to audition for a title.”

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Some Democrats Questioning Tim Kaine’s Support for the Financial Industry

Democratic vice presidential pick Tim Kaine’s support for the financial industry isn’t likely to allay some liberals’ concerns that the party’s presidential ticket is too cozy with Wall Street.

Since being chosen by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday, a few voices in the party’s liberal wing have criticized the selection, saying the Virginia senator is a centrist who has taken positions out of step with the party’s anti-Wall Street, populist mood. …

Hoping to sway progressive voters, who supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the campaign has taken on a more liberal agenda on financial regulation, including a robust defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and calling for the U.S. Postal Service to offer basic banking services. …

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee lauded initial steps by the Clinton-Kaine ticket to adopt populist positions and urged continued steps on financial regulation.

“We hope Tim Kaine soon joins Hillary Clinton in calling for breaking up too big to fail banks and prosecuting Wall Street bankers who break the law,” Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the organization, said in a statement Saturday.

AP: Clinton: Kaine pick everything GOP ticket isn’t

Hillary Clinton debuted running mate Sen. Tim Kaine on Saturday as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality — “everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not” — at a boisterous rally ahead of next week’s Democratic National Convention.

“He is qualified to step into this job and lead from Day One. And he is a progressive who likes to get things done,” Clinton declared at Florida International University. …

But progressive groups said they want more assurances that the White House, which has pushed the trade deal, won’t try to ram it through after the November election.

“The selection increases the burden on Hillary Clinton to pressure the White House to take TPP off the table in a lame-duck Congress,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

ABC NEWS: Sanders v Clinton: It’s about more than the nomination

Commentators have suggested that after Sanders’ success in Michigan, Clinton courted the big Midwestern states this week by sounding more like her rival than ever – that she won not by opposing Sanders, but by emulating him.

“Hillary Clinton won Ohio and had a Super Tuesday by riding the economic populist tide instead of fighting it,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in a statement. “The primary continues – but no matter who wins, the center of gravity has fundamentally shifted in the Democratic Party.”

If Sanders’ goal was to force a sharp left turn out of the Clinton campaign – to force her to respond to those disillusioned with centrist politics – he has achieved it unequivocally. And despite her decisive victories yesterday, the fact remains that if Clinton is to win the White House, she will have to continue to accommodate the ideological challenge that Sanders represents and the voters who support it.

MCCLATCHY: Will Clinton’s embrace of Obama hurt or help in general election?

Sanders won Michigan by tapping into angst over trade, manufacturing and the overall economic outlook, primarily for lower-income workers in industrial Midwestern states.

As she has seen voters’ frustrations grow in her own party, Clinton has adopted Sanders’ message and even his language sometimes when speaking about income equality, and in opposing a large Pacific trade agreement that she once called the gold standard.

“Hillary Clinton won Ohio and had a Super Tuesday by riding the economic populist tide instead of fighting it,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Clinton has engaged Bernie Sanders in a race to the top on key issues like expanding Social Security instead of cutting it, breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, jailing Wall Street executives who break the law, and debt-free college. That was almost unimaginable a year ago.”

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last November found deep frustration, with nearly 7 in 10 Americans agreeing they were angry that the political system “seems to only be working for the insiders with money and power, like those on Wall Street or in Washington.”

SCOTUS: Senate Dems, Schumer, Progressive Group Leaders Vow Increased Public Pressure Until Republican Senators Cave

1.3 Million Petition Signatures Delivered to Senators Calling For Supreme Court Nominee To Get Fair Consideration
Sen. Schumer: “They swear they’re gonna hold their ground, but over time, they fold.” Sen. Murphy: “Senate Republicans are giving a middle finger to the American people.” Groups: This is just the beginning of organizing the public.
Leaders From CREDO Action, Color of Change, Civic Action, Every Voice, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, PFAW, Common Cause, PCCC, Ultra Violet Action, and NextGen Climate Tell Senate Republicans:
Do Your Job. Follow The Constitution. Or Prepare For Public Outrage.

Sen. Chuck Schumer as well as Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy accept over 1.3 million petition signatures from progressive groups includingCREDO, Civic Action, Daily Kos, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Demand Progress, UltraViolet Action, People For the American Way, Color of Change, Common Cause, NextGen Climate, and Every Voice, calling on Senate Republicans to stop SCOTUS obstruction.

Today, Senate Democrats and leading progressive groups vowed to increase public pressure on Senate Republicans until they stopped their Supreme Court obstruction and allowed a nominee to be fairly considered.

Standing with progressive organization leaders, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said: “They swear they’re gonna hold their ground, but over time, they fold. Republican leadership said they would never fund the Affordable Care Act — they did. Republican leadership said they were never going to break the budget gaps and relieve sequestration — they did. They said they’d never reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank — they did. They said they’d never pass a DHS bill which funded the president’s executive action on immigration. They said they’d never confirm Loretta Lynch — they did. And so, over and over again we’ve seen this movie.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) added: “Senate Republicans are …

THE FINAL IOWA POLL: Economic Populism Drives Voters at Caucuses

New PPP Poll Shows Sanders and Clinton Supporters Voting on Candidates Willingness to Challenge Corporate Power, Tackle Income Inequality, Protect Social Security

In a final poll of Iowans who plan to caucus for a Democrat completed over the weekend by PPP, and commissioned by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, voters say they are driven strongly by economic populism in their final voting decisions.

“During candidates’ closing statements last night, both Clinton and Sanders competed to embrace the mantle of economic populism, talking about the ‘rigged system,’” said Adam Green, PCCC co-founder, who is on the ground in Iowa for the Caucuses.

“Our new poll shows tapping into the growing economic populist tide in America is a winning strategy. A huge majority of Iowans are basing their vote tonight on candidates’ willingness to tackle income inequality, corporate power, and other powerful interests.

“That’s why Democratic candidates for president are marching in an economic populist direction — competing to sound bolder on ideas like Wall Street reform, jailing bankers who broke the law, and other ‘Warren Wing’ progressive priorities. No matter who wins the caucus, they will need a strong progressive platform to continue to win over Democratic voters for the nomination and win in November.”

PPP Poll Takeaways: Of Iowans who plan to caucus tonight for Democrats…

73% say “a candidate’s willingness to strongly challenge powerful interests” is “very important” in how they vote.

Including 69% of Clinton voters and 87% of Sanders voters;

76% say “a candidate’s willingness to challenge corporate power and take strong economic populist positions” is “very important” in how they vote.

Including 62% of Clinton voters and 86% of Sanders voters;

73% say “a candidate’s commitment to addressing income inequality” is “very important” in how they vote.

Including 71% of Clinton voters, and 79% of Sanders voters.

Setting Manageable Goals

Campaigns can seem daunting. That’s why we recommend setting a series of manageable “micro” goals, with rewards along the way. It’s the best and easiest way to make progress, even when it feels like there are a million things that need to be done.

Three examples of manageable goals…and rewards:

Fundraising. Set a goal for how much money you are going to raise in a day. The reward is that you won’t have to make any more fundraising calls once you hit that number. Five great phone calls to meet your goal is worth more than hour after hour of excruciating effort.

Endorsements. Set a goal for how many endorsements you will collect in the next week. You can ask anyone for endorsements, from elected officials to community leaders. Don’t forget to post the endorsements on your website! When you meet your goal, reward yourself with a night off with your family. Remember that you can manage your endorsements in the “Endorsement Directory” app in PIES.

Volunteers. When it comes to bringing volunteers in the door, results matter. Set a goal with your campaign team to complete “X Number of Volunteer Shifts” over the next two weeks. Provide a pizza party at the end if the team meets their goal. Remember that you can track your volunteers in the “Field Manager” app in PIES.

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The Campaign Newsletter

A monthly newsletter to influential supporters is a great way to show momentum and keep folks invested in your campaign. Here are some things you may consider including:

Exciting new endorsements. Let’s say you’ve just been endorsed by a state senator, a local teachers’ union, and an environmental club. Highlight those endorsements, and describe what their resources will mean to your campaign.

Any big new hires. If you’ve just brought on board an experienced campaign manager or finance director, share the good news! Your supporters will be happy to hear that your team is growing.

Positive news stories. If you’ve received any kind of positive news attention — even a published op-ed in the local paper, or a pundit who says your race is a “race to watch” — make sure to send the links out. These help demonstrate that your campaign is serious and credible.

Fundraising. Raising money is important so you can fund the things you need for your campaign. But it’s also a great way to demonstrate that you are working hard…and have lots of support. Let your supporters know how much you’ve raised…or how many grassroots donors you now have.

Doors knocked. If you have lots of volunteers knocking doors and making phone calls, be sure to share the results! You should also let supporters know about upcoming events like office openings or pizza parties.

Don’t forget… Always make sure to send along links to your website, your Facebook and Twitter pages, and your fundraising pages. Make it as easy as possible for supporters to stay in the loop.

Who should receive this newsletter? Reporters, elected officials, organizational leaders, and other people who will be important to your campaign — and who will enjoy receiving an insider view of your progress.

You can use the Email tool in PIES, our campaign software, to manage …

PCCC: We Are All In for Zephyr Teachout

At 12:15pm ET today, after a weeks-long draft campaign by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the Working Families Party, Zephyr Teachout announced she is running for Congress in NY’s 19th Congressional District.

Statement from PCCC Co-Founder Stephanie Taylor:

“Zephyr Teachout is the right person to win this district for Democrats. She’s a political outsider with a long history of fighting for working families against powerful interests. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is all in, mobilizing local volunteers and a national grassroots army for Zephyr.”

The PCCC plans to formally endorse Zephyr Teachout, and rally enthusiasm, in an email to their nearly one million members tomorrow morning.

More on PCCC:

PCCC has nearly 1 million members nationwide, all pushing to elect progressive candidates and build a bolder progressive movement;

PCCC members raised more than $2 million for candidates in the 2014 cycle, and made more than 4 million phone calls;

PCCC ran a three week draft campaign urging Zephyr to run leading up to today, where hundreds of members donated and signed up to volunteer for Zephyr.

2,807 PCCC members donated $44,375 to Zephyr’s campaign for NY Governor.

More on Zephyr Teachout:

Zephyr has been a decades-long anti-corruption advocate, fighting on behalf of working people against corporate interests.

Zephyr was born and raised in a rural community just a few hours from her home in Dover Plains, NY in Dutchess County.

In Zephyr’s run for Governor, she shocked political insiders when she won 34% of the vote, including majorities in counties across NY-19.

Zephyr teaches at Fordham Law School.

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NY-19: Zephyr Teachout to Run for Congress

Reformer Focused on Broken Political System

Zephyr Teachout announced today that she will run for New York’s 19th Congressional District. Teachout is a leading advocate against corruption in politics who ran for Governor as an independent Democrat in 2014. She said that she will have a campaign kickoff this spring, and is spending her time for the next couple months organizing her campaign team and traveling throughout the district to meet people and listening to their stories, ideas, and priorities.

“Throughout my career, I’ve never been afraid to stand up for ordinary citizens whose voices are drowned out by special interests, big corporations, and powerful insiders. I’m running for Congress to give people their voices back so together we can address the real concerns facing our communities,” said Teachout.

Teachout grew up in a rural Vermont county a few hours from her home in Dutchess County. She is currently a law professor. Throughout her career, Teachout has become known for fighting against corruption on behalf of ordinary citizens who have lost their voice to political insiders, her support of public education, and her advocacy for renewable energy technologies.

In her gubernatorial campaign, Teachout was proud to win majority support across the counties that represent NY’s 19th district.

With her announcement, Teachout launched a web “splash” page at

The 19th congressional district consists of all of Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia, Schoharie, Otsego, Delaware and Greene counties and parts of Montgomery, Dutchess, Rensselaer and Broome counties. It is currently represented by U.S. Representative Chris Gibson, who is not seeking re-election.

CONTACT: Michael Murphy,, 646.275.2789

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THE NATION: Countering ‘Citizens United’ With a Dose of Zephyr Teachout

A leader of MAYDAY.US, the national grassroots movement to fight corruption by electing reformers to federal, state, and local posts, Teachout is often compared to Warren—as an academic who has become an engaged and effective activist. …

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which played a critical role in convincing Warren to run for the Senate in 2012, has launched a “Draft Zephyr Teachout for Congress” campaign that hails Teachout as “a leader in the progressive movement with a long history of challenging power. She has opposed corporate mergers and is a tireless fighter for campaign finance reform.”

DAILY NONPAREIL: Obama’s education proposals reflected in Iowa, on campaign trail

Obama reiterated in his Omaha visit, “We should guarantee two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student.” All three Democratic presidential candidates have plans for debt-free public college, while several policy proposals have been made by Republican presidential hopefuls as well.

Last month, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced a push to make debt-free college a priority for Democrats in the upcoming election. A plan is in the discussion phases in the Iowa Legislature as well, according to state Rep. Chris Hall, D-Sioux City, who spoke on a conference call organized by the national campaign group.

LENNY: Donna Edwards is one of us

Edwards’s progressive base backs her out of a loyalty fixed in hope rather than party-line complacency, as Edwards’s political origin story informs her authenticity. Edwards is a single black mother who came to office from grassroots activism rather than as a D.C. political operative. When Edwards announced her bid for Senate in early 2015, national organizations like EMILY’s List and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee came out in unilateral support. Adam Green of the PCCC said in the organization’s endorsement: “Donna Edwards has proven time and again that she’s a bold progressive. She’s not just an ally — she’s one of us.”

Currently, there are no black women serving in the U.S. Senate. If Congresswoman Edwards wins, she’ll become the first to serve since 1998, becoming only the second in U.S. history. Edwards embraces the outsider role she represents among D.C. players, revels in it even, and she is prepared to use her engagement with grassroots groups to push the party toward real progressivism.

MASS LIVE: Elizabeth Warren impacting 2016 Democratic presidential race despite muted role in campaigns

While Elizabeth Warren has publicly kept her distance from the 2016 Democratic presidential race, some analysts suggest that the Massachusetts senator has played a major role in directing the political conversation. …

Political analysts, however, contend that Warren’s lack of an endorsement has led to her to have more indirect influence on the Democratic presidential contest, particularly its focus on issues she’s championed like Wall Street banking overhauls, than public support for a particular candidate ever would.

Adam Green, a founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee which helped with Warren’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign, argued that the Democrat “is very good about picking smart fights and knowing when to engage.”

“So far, she has managed to use her non endorsement as leverage to get all candidates to move in her direction on issues like Wall Street, expanding Social Security and debt-free college,” he said in an interview. “She’s already had an amazing impact on the 2016 cycle.”

International Political Consultant Anthony Cignoli agreed, saying “Elizabeth Warren is either a kingmaker or a queenmaker.”

BLOOMBERG: How Elizabeth Warren Is Shaping 2016 Without Picking a Side

Early last year, the frenzy to enlist Elizabeth Warren in the 2016 presidential race grew so intense that a Ready for Warren group emerged to lead a draft effort. Reporters parsed the Democratic Massachusetts senator’s every utterance for clues to her plans. In the end, Warren opted to pass. But so far, she hasn’t chosen to throw her support behind any of the other candidates.

With President Obama unlikely to weigh in, Warren is the most important Democratic elected official who has yet to endorse. Her iconic status among the party’s liberal grass roots, and the national fundraising base she commands, would deliver a substantial boost to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Martin O’Malley. …

Warren’s allies argue that she’s been able to shape the primary race by creating a “system of incentives” that has influenced candidate behavior. “There was almost no oxygen in the room for big, structural Wall Street reform after Dodd-Frank until Warren came on the scene,” says Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal group. “The fact that all three Democratic presidential candidates are competing with each other to have the boldest plan for Wall Street reform and accountability—including explicitly calling for jailing Wall Street bankers who broke the law—is testament to Warren’s looming presence and influence in the Democratic primary.”

VICE: What Can Be Done to Fix the Student Loan Crisis in 2016?

Though public universities are run by states, the federal government could provide funds for higher education, increase Pell Grants, and reduce additional expenses for students by pushing for more textbooks to be open-source and available online.

This notion has gotten so much momentum that “debt-free college” has been endorsed by 100 members of Congress, as well as legislators from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Illinois, Missouri, and South Dakota, according to Marissa Barrow of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a PAC that helped make the term part of the political lexicon this year.

Special Report by Lacey Connelly, Training Director

Earlier this year, the PCCC announced a vital new piece of progressive infrastructure — a National Candidate Training that offered four days of cutting-edge training and networking opportunities.

From July 30 – August 2, two hundred candidates — local, state, and federal — converged in Washington, DC. You can see Time Magazine’s coverage of the event here.

Senator Elizabeth Warren kicked off the training with a keynote, and we heard from Congressional Progressive Caucus members and movement leaders. Attendees from across the country attended sessions to improve their finance game and media appearances, increase their local and national media exposure, hire top-notch (and progressive) talent, win key endorsements, motivate volunteers, find affordable polling, and more.

Our trainers included practitioners who lead their field — including Joel Silberman, the official media trainer for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. We also heard from senior members of Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken’s winning Senate campaigns.

The training will help progressives win more — and help gain attention for the rising stars of the progressive movement.

The training is already proving successful, with a few of our graduates running (and winning!) in 2015 elections, including:

Mark Levine; VA House of Delegates, 45th District
Pat Davis; Albuquerque (NM) City Council, 6th District
David Doucette; Marlborough (MA) City Council, Ward 2
Joy Maloney; Loudoun County (VA) School Board, Broad Run District


For future training opportunities, we want to know about progressive superstars in your area. Use this form to nominate great candidates for the training program.

PCCC Elections Tip: Use your holiday card list

Here are a few tips for making the most of your holiday cards!

When writing your holiday cards, consider a quick note about why you are running for office. Add the URL of your campaign website, and encourage friends and family to sign up for updates from your mailing list.
Holiday cards are a great reason to reconnect with acquaintances. Expand your list by using the “Everyone I Know” app in PIES. This will help you brainstorm your contacts, like school friends, business contacts, fellow congregants, teammates from intramural sports teams, and your wedding guest list. A holiday card from you will jog their memory — priming them for a phone call later asking for their support.
Once updated, add your holiday card list to the “Contact Database” app in PIES. If you keep your list in a spreadsheet, you can upload in minutes. That way your holiday card list becomes a list of potential supporters.
You can use the magnifying glass button in the “Contact Database” to start researching past giving and identify potential donors. Figure out whether the people on your holiday card list have given to other candidates or political action committees that share your values. For those who aren’t likely donors, you can ask them for other kinds of support, like knocking on doors, staffing your events, or providing a public endorsement statement on your behalf.


Holiday cards are often time-consuming, but these steps will help make your campaign more productive in the New Year. Two birds with one stone!

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