Candidate Resource Guide
There are many resources out there for people like you who want to run for public office. Here are some that we like. If you have some that you love, please share.
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CampaignHelpdesk.org is a service provided by the volunteers at Ragtag to make sure campaign staff and volunteers can get answers to all their questions about campaign technology.
Getting Elected – This is a great podcast to listen to on the road! Most of the interviews are relevant to down the ballot races.
Political Resources – Includes lots of articles for candidates and campaigns. Some are good.
Resistance School – Free, live-streamed trainings with renowned political campaigners, communicators, organizers, and academics. Founded by graduate students at Harvard in March of 2017.
Progressive Majority – Candidate trainings and tools for progressive candidates.
Victory Fund – Electing LGBT leaders to change America’s politics.
Wellstone – Extensive resource of online tools for candidate campaigns.
She Should Run - A national network committed to advancing women and girls in public leadership.
The Living Room Candidate - The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2012 is an online exhibition presenting more than 300 television commercials from every election year since 1952, when the first campaign TV ads aired.
oregon state websites
ORESTAR – Research campaign fundraising and expenses. See who has filed for office.
Oregon Legislative Information System – Find out when the Oregon Legislature is in session and when Legislative committees are meeting.
Oregon Secretary of State – Find out election results, file for office, open a PAC and call them for assistance!
books on campaign management & Communication
Beckwith, Harry. Selling the Invisible
Caildini, Robert B. Influence, Science and Practice
Hoerr, John. We Can’t Eat Prestige
Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Issenberg, Sasha. The Victory Lab, The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
Lakoff, George. don’t think of an elephant!
Ogilvy, David. Ogilvy on Advertising
Sullivan, Luke. Hey Whipple, Squeeze This: The Classic Guide to Creating Ads
Westen, Drew. The Political Brain
Jeff Blodgett, Bill Lofy, Ben Goldfarb, Erik Peterson, and Sujata Tejwani. Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way
books about candidates
Carter, Jimmy. A Full Life, Reflections at 90
Chisholm, Shirley. Unbought and Unbossed
Lofy, Bill. Paul Wellstone: The Life of a Passionate Progressive