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bosbdd2009 Donating Member (53 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:17 PM
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Question About Running For Office

I was thinking about running for Congress, does anyone have a website with details on how the process works. How much money would need to be raised, etc.

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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:28 PM
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1. Contact your local party leadership.
They will help you.
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bosbdd2009 Donating Member (53 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:30 PM
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2. Nicholas

I plan to do that, but I was wondering if anyone had a website I could read about it before I waste their time.
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Obamanaut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:46 PM
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3. If your compurter has access to search engines of any sort, you
might try how to run for an elected office Results 1 - 10 of about 28,300,000 for how to run for an elected office


Here's one of them

How to Run for Local Office : A Complete, Step-By-Step Guide that Will Take You Through the Entire Process of Running and Winning a Local Election (Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/How-Local-Office-Step-Step/dp/096...
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 08:03 AM
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6. "All politics is local"
No website in the world is going to help you more than talking with your local party. And if you don't know who they are at this point, you don't stand a chance. Think smaller (school board? assessor's office?), get engaged with the local Democratic Party, think about the future.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:54 PM
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4. Ok, for starters
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 04:56 PM by JNelson6563
You need to asses the situation. How many counties in your district? Any strong party action going on among them? Will they support you and, in turn, turn out support for you? Will you be available and able to campaign throughout your district? You'll need to know the lay of the land, as it were. Do you know anyone who is in politics? Maybe party leadership in your county/Cong. Dist./state? Elected officials who might support your effort?

As to your questions, how much money you will need depends greatly on what district you're in but invariably the answer is "a lot". You can find the answers to many campaign finance questions at http://www.fec.gov / . They are also very responsive to inquiries. I've always found them to be very helpful.

If I can answer any questions for you feel free to PM me.

Julie--who's managed a campaign or two ;-)

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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:57 PM
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5. Run as a Republican ...
you'll get free air time from Faux for NOT running a commercial, and you literally can get away with murder. Just ask Joe Scarborough ...
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