Monday Morning Rant

Hopefully you missed back in January when the Albany Times Union mocked Congresswoman Stefanik as “childless.”


Here was Stefanik’s response:

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I applaud Congresswoman Stefanik for her measured statement. I am not sure I would have been so nice.


I’ve worked my entire life in politics. I know the slings and barbs that come with the game. I’ve been on the throwing and the receiving side of them.


But this … this is not politics. It’s disgusting. It’s sexist. It’s vile. And every single American should be calling this out.


Maybe Stefanik wants children and can’t have them. Maybe she doesn’t want them. Either way – that’s none of your business.


Judge her on how she does her job, her votes, her speeches and comments – never. this.

Things We Love

The CHQ team celebrated Valentine’s Day by sharing “Things We Love…”

Here at CampaignHQ, what we love most is developing creative solutions to your challenge, making sure your message is heard, and helping you WIN your election or public policy battle!

This Valentine’s Day, you can keep the fancy chocolate and flowers and give us the live calls, patch throughs and telephone townhalls.

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Telephone townhalls are a powerful, effective way to communicate a message to an audience of thousands, over the phone and online. At CampaignHQ, we specialize in turning communication into action through training, scripting, and real-time feedback. After the event, we’ll help you make the best use of your valuable data.

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Quickly build membership or support for an issue with a telephone petition drive. Our CHQ representatives explain your cause and ask the voter to add their name to your petition. This helps to collect emails and recruit volunteers for your effort. Each day, you receive a list of newly recruited, enthusiastic supporters to immediately plug into your project.

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Nothing motivates a politician quite like a concerned call from a constituent which is why patch throughs calls are so effective. We inform a targeted list of citizens about your issue and connect them directly to their elected official’s office. If you need something to pass (or fail) in Congress or the state capitol, patch through calls are for you.

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Make Your Voice Heard

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We continue our focus on how to best make your voice heard in our nation’s capital or any statehouse across the country.

This year’s legislative sessions will not be cancelled, yet in many ways, constituents ability to interact with lawmakers will be severely limited. This does not mean that lawmakers will slow down, it just means if you don’t come up with creative ways to reach them, the voice of your organization and membership will be left behind.

You need a new plan to reach lawmakers and make sure the voice of YOUR PEOPLE is heard. 

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Telephone townhalls are a powerful, effective way to communicate a message to an audience of thousands, over the phone and online. At CampaignHQ, we specialize in turning communication into action through training, scripting, and real-time feedback. After the event, we’ll help you make the best use of your valuable data.


Telephone townhalls can be used in a variety of ways, no matter who you are: 

1. Lawmaker

Telephone townhalls can be used for official business, in leu of in-person events, talking to voters about how you’re fulfilling your campaign promises.

2. Candidate, Party Officials

Telephone townhalls help take your message directly to the voter and engage in a two-way conversation.

3. Interest Group, Associations


Brief membership and help keep them engaged on the issue.

Setting up a telephone townhall couldn’t be easier when you’re working with CampaignHQ.

We will help you record your sound files for a pre-call, live answer, voicemail, and even post call.

Don’t forget to invite voters via conTEXT message. We’ll help you use poll questions to gather critical information from the people on your call.

You’ll get real time, actionable data.


Let us know how we can help,

Nicole Schlinger

3 Steps for Marketing Your Firm in 2021

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If you want those dreams to become a reality, the time to start marketing yourself and your firm is now. Unfortunately, many consultants and firm owners are so accustomed to standing in the background, promoting their clients, that they forget – or simply fail – to use those same techniques to market themselves.

The basic principles of grassroots voter contact apply to any situation in which you want to identify, persuade, and mobilize other human beings. That includes marketing your firm to the people who will benefit most from your services. Here are three ways to start.

Read more from my recent contribution to Campaigns & Elections about marketing your firm in 2021. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts,

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They’re Back!

Across the country, state legislatures are reconvening, and new Congress is already at work in Washington, DC.

Unlike 2020, this year’s legislative sessions will not be cancelled. In fact, newly elected leaders are making up for lost time. We expect record activity as politicians either try to make their campaign promises into law or break those promises with the hope that constituents do not notice.

In many states and at the federal level, lawmakers are looking under every proverbial “couch cushion” to find a few extra bucks to fill massive budget gaps.

If you do not want your members unfairly targeted for tax hikes or burdensome regulations, you need a strategy to make your voice heard.

In pre-pandemic times, you may have planned a trip to the Capitol or attended your lawmaker’s local townhall meetings. With the vaccine still months away for most Americans, personal access to lawmakers will be difficult, if not impossible.

You need a new plan to reach lawmakers and make sure the voice of YOUR PEOPLE is heard. 

We can help you craft a creative, WINNING strategy!


The best way to get a politician’s attention is to mobilize constituents to voice their support or opposition to pending legislation.

One important distinction – not all contacts are created equal. Anyone on The Hill will tell you, calls matter. In a deeper dive on the issue, The NY Times noted:

“Activists of all political stripes recommend calling legislators, not just emailing — and certainly not just venting on social media….A phone call from a constituent can, indeed, hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post or a tweet.”

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Patch Through Calls

CampaignHQ can help you generate these all-important telephone contacts with a smartly run patch through campaign.

Patch through calls empower YOU to identify like-minded people, educate them about your issue, and transfer them directly to their lawmaker’s office to make their voice heard.

To run an effective patch through campaign, our campaign experts will help you:

1. Target the Fence Sitters

There’s no need to waste limited resources on someone who is solidly in your camp or firmly against you. However, it can be helpful to send a few positive patches into an office to give backup to someone taking a tough vote on your behalf.

2. Keep It Conversational

Our script writing professionals will make sure your script is simple and straight to the point. Constituents are not immersed in the unique language of your industry. They want to know what the issue is, how it affects them, and how they can make a difference.

3. Coordinate Your Efforts

Patch through calls are a powerful tool, but they are even better when coordinated with your ongoing advocacy efforts.

Peer-to-Peer Texting

Peer-to-Peer texting isn’t just for campaign turnout.

To execute an effective P2P plan, our campaign experts will help you:

1. Mobilize Your Membership

Interest groups can mobilize activists to support the key legislation by sending a text message with an informative video or a link on how to engage their elected officials.

2. Connect and Converse with your Allies

The value of peer-to-peer texting is that a real human being is making a connection with another. Our team reads and responds to every text so the target audience is getting a real, two-way conversation.

3. Open a New Fundraising Channel

Engaging by text message can even be an effective way to raise money. Personalized messages, pictures, GIFs, links and videos help the audience buy in to what you’re selling and have the tool to donate right at their fingertips.

Telephone Townhalls

The vaccine may be rolling out across the country, but it will be a long time before people are comfortable with in-person events. If you’re an interest group, one way to mobilize your membership on important issues and keep them engaged is with telephone townhalls.

To run an effective telephone townhall, our campaign experts will help you:

1. Put in the work before the event

The most active and involved participants in any telephone townhall are those who proactively dial in to the event, so focus on contacting those who will be interested. We’ll help you with a text message, automated call, email, or social media post to help you get the word out.

2. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

It’s important to approach a telephone townhall with the same level of preparation as any in-person event. CampaignHQ has the expertise when it comes to: planning the flow and structure of questions, producing a quality line-by-line, and even acting as a moderator.

3. Have an interesting conversation 

We can help you to ensure you hold your audience with a conversation WORTH having by keeping the conversation fast and lively. We’ll also help you construct poll questions to keep your audience engaged.

4. Keep it going after the event

After your successful event, it’s time to take the most valuable segments of your interactive conversation and share them with an even larger audience by using a recording of your event and sharing it on social channels as well as sending peer-to-peer text messages sharing the event.

Politicians are always thinking about their next re-election. Hearing from one constituent after another on a particular issue is a way you can capitalize on that fact. Elected officials are good people who want to do right by their constituents.

Give us a call today and let us start delivering your message.

These tools aren’t just for advocating to legislators.

If you are a legislator, you should be utilizing these strategies to reach out and have real conversations with your constituents.

Now is the time to allow constituents to engage with you by asking their questions, meeting them right where they are, and building your lists for the next cycle.

Let us help you get started.  1-888-722-4704

Campaigns & Elections Caucus Webinar Series – Part 4

In our final panel discussion for Campaigns & Elections Webinar Series we chatted about authentic messaging.


A big thank you to Campaigns & Elections for including me on this panel. I always enjoy participating in the opportunities they provide.

You can check out more of these discussions on Campaigns & Elections or on my YouTube page. 

Fun Friday – What I’m Into Lately

Happy Friday, friends. I hope you had a great week. Here are a few fun things I’ve been into lately:

Do you follow CampaignHQ on social media? We’ve been counting our blessings – CHQ team members taking some time out of the negativity of 2020 to share a few things that made us better this year. They’re fun, uplifting and a great reminder of what’s really important.


I thought this article from CNBC was worth a share. Everyone knows how successful Elon Musk is – and this shows a little bit more about him, his attitude and approach to work and taking time off. What do you think?