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GetElected is the only comprehensive online training tool and resource for candidates to start, run and win campaigns at any level. It is our goal to empower engaged citizens who want to make a difference by teaching them the skills they need to run for office. Read more

Kelly on November 1, 2013

in Fundraising

Top 5 Mistakes Political Campaigns Make Online

Note: This week we welcome Shane Daley of Online Candidate as our guest author. Welcome Shane! As politics has moved into the online realm, it’s provided plenty of fodder for gaffes, mistakes and embarrassing moments. There are many opportunities for political campaigns to make mistakes online. Here are five some of the most common and […] Read more

Kelly on November 16, 2015

in Online, Pro Tips

Five Tips to Prepare for a Candidate Debate

In case you haven’t heard, (and we may therefore assume you are living under a rock) there’s a GOP presidential debate coming up Thursday night. In an effort to be more topical and timely (and let’s be honest, gain more readers) we’re using this blog post to share five tips for preparing for a candidate […] Read more

Kelly on August 5, 2015

in Media

The Campaign Startup Package: Everything You Need to Start Your Campaign

Our apologies, but it is time for a little shameless self-promotion. We’ve got a brand new Campaign Startup Package designed to help anyone running for office kick-off their campaign the right way.  It contains everything a candidate needs to build a campaign plan, raise money, find votes, craft a message and more. When a candidate first decides to […] Read more

Kelly on August 3, 2015

in Fundraising

How to Run for Office

How do you learn how to run for office? It is a simple question. One that more than 500,000 people have to answer every year. There’s a popular belief anyone can run a political campaign. While technically true, there is a difference between doing something and doing it well. Technically, I could rebuild the porch […] Read more

Kelly on March 30, 2015

in Campaigns, Fundraising, GetElected

Post Primary Campaign Checklist

The primary is over. Now what? If you are reading this, you likely won. Congrats, but it means nothing unless you win again in November. To help you out, we created a simple campaign checklist of priorities for any candidate to use as the general election approaches. This is not the time to relax. This is […] Read more

Message Box Monday: Tony Stark v. Captain America

If Captain America ran against Tony Stark for a Congress, what messages would each campaign use? These are two iconic American heroes with similar strengths and flaws. Read more

Kelly on August 4, 2014

in Media

Message Box Monday: The Inaugural Edition

Happy Monday! Today, we’re introducing a new feature to the GetElected blog: Message Box Mondays (MBMs). Every Monday, we’ll take a look at a hypothetical matchup between two candidates running for an office. Sometimes we’ll look at real races. Sometimes we’ll just be making them up. We’ll examine how a message box for each race […] Read more

Kelly on June 23, 2014

in Media

Don’t Make This Mistake: A Cardinal Sin of Elections

There are a few cardinal sins in elections. One of them is underestimating your opponent. Failing to take your opposition seriously or only going through motions because you think you have the race locked up is a recipe for disaster. There are plenty of examples of political campaigns ending badly because of these mistakes. The […] Read more

Kelly on May 15, 2014

in Campaigns, Field, Pro Tips

A Rant: Big Data Won’t Win Your Campaign

Every cycle, pundits would have you believe another new technology is poised to revolutionize political campaigns.  The latest “it” technology is Big Data. Do not believe the hype. Big data will not win your election. The keys to winning a campaign are still planning, hard work and focus. There are no shortcuts. Read more

Kelly on May 6, 2014

in Campaigns, Rant

4 Tips to Run for Office (Plus One Extra)

 When you run for office, you get a lot of advice. After all, everyone believes they know how to run a campaign. All you need is to shake a few hands, kiss a few babies, and presto!  You win. If it were only that easy. Once you’ve decided to put your name on the ballot, […] Read more

Kelly on April 30, 2014

in Campaigns