President Lincoln’s Thoughts on Voter ID

We’re taking it back a few years today. I post I wrote in 2009, for your reading pleasure:


I came across this quote from Abraham Lincoln the other day, and thought it was just too good to keep to myself …

“Organize the whole state so that every Whig can be brought to the polls… Divide the county into small districts and appoint in each a sub-committee. Make a perfect list of all the voters and ascertain with certainty for which they will vote, keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters and…Have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence, and on Election Day see that every Whig is brought to the polls.” -Abraham Lincoln 1/21/1840

Keeping in mind Lincoln lost several elections before winning the Presidency, this lesson was one that was probably learned the hard way – through defeat.

While much has changed in how we run campaigns since the 1860s, the basic premise remains the same. Identifying supporters. Getting them to the polls. Convincing those who don’t agree to come to your side with effective reasoning and appropriate messengers. Lincoln really knew his stuff.

Thanks for reading,

Nicole Schlinger

Fun Friday – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday (you’re welcome), so I thought it might be fun to take a look at some seriously great moms.

Nicole Schlinger Abigail Adams

I mean, check out Abigail Adams. Raised and educated five kids (including a future president), single-handedly ran the family’s farm and was active in the equal rights movement and the abolition of slavery.

Nicole Schlinger George Washington

Mary Ball Washington managed a 600-acre farm plantation and raised six kids and the very first president of the United States.

Nicole Schlinger John Boehner

Did you know, Mary Anne Boehner raised 12 (12!) kids and slept on a pullout couch in the family’s two-bedroom home?

Nicole Schlinger Barbara Bush

Note only was Barbara Bush First Lady, championing several noble causes, she raised a President and a governor.

Nicole Schlinger Marco Rubio

Oriales Garcia Rubio grew up in Cuba, sharing the one-room house with a dirt floor with her family of nine. She moved to the United States with humble beginnings and raised a successful family, even after her husband died.

Nicole Schlinger Mitt Romney

Of course we know Leonore Romney as the wife of the governor of Michigan and mom to a presidential candidate, turned U.S. Senator. But the actress and mom of four ran for the U.S. Senate in her own right in 1970.

Who’s your favorite political mom?

Thanks to all the great moms out there who are getting it done every single day, not just on Mother’s Day.

Thanks for checking in,



Fun Friday – Atlas Shrugged


“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”

“I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”

“To shrug”


Happy Friday friends. 

Nicole Schlinger always hard at work for CHQ clients



Loree’s Story

It’s something I will never grow tired of saying – the employees at CampaignHQ are our secret weapons. They are committed, passionate and persistent. I love featuring some of our great employees and the work they do.

We recently featured Loree in video and an email update. Check out Loree’s story below:

My name is Loree Holliday, and I’ve worked for CampaignHQ for just over three years now. You may not know me, but if we’ve made your calls … I certainly know you!

Just a few weeks ago, I had a really special call that touched my heart. So Nicole and our leadership team asked me to share it with you.

Leading up to Easter, we’ve been calling on behalf of non-profit organization working to train women in rural Nepal how to use proper hygiene to decrease the spread of disease. It’s been very effective, so now it’s time to expand it to more communities. Right now, we have a matching gift opportunity, and we need to raise the appropriate funding or the match will be lost.

I spoke with a gentleman who seemed very interested in the program, but did not want to make a commitment over the phone. I’ve encountered that before, and since he was supportive of the mission, I explained more about the program and different ways he could donate. When I shared our entire message, and he still wasn’t ready to make his commitment, I thanked him and ended the call.

Several days later, I was in for a big surprise!

The person with whom I spoke is the head of a foundation! As the result of our conversation, he reached out to non-profit organization and made a sizable donation.

Every call matters, whether it ends in a donation, a vote, or even a refusal. You never know what can happen and how powerful one phone call can be.

I’m so glad I could make a difference for this donor, for the organization, and for the people who need help.

Thanks for trusting us to make your calls and send your text messages.


Loree Holliday

PS: Have you ever wondered who is making your calls? I’m a mother, a grandmother, and an avid crafter. I love to crochet, and I even made our Chief Canine Officer her own CampaignHQ dog sweater.

Loree with Nicole Schlinger, CHQ president and Chad Foster, CHQ vice president

We’re so lucky to have incredible employees like Loree – let us get to work for you today.

Thanks for your support,

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters


Campaigns Built For You

I wanted to share a few examples of work we’ve been up to lately. We recently completed two campaigns, built specifically for our clients using our ConTEXT technology.

Nicole Schlinger Contact your Legislator

Campaign 1: Recruit advocates to email their legislator
Description: Facing significant opposition, a prominent Issue Advocacy organization sought to mobilize citizens to email their state lawmakers to oppose legislation which would cause major job loss and economic impact. Text messages urged constituents to visit landing page to take action.

Universe:                            186,717
Page Views:                       20,087
Emails sent:                        2,300

Nicole Schlinger Petition

Campaign 2: Recruit voters to sign petitions getting local candidates on the ballot
Description: Local political organization has had difficulty getting candidates on the ballot because they cannot canvass door-to-door to collect petitions. A majority of their constituents are young professionals living in apartment / condo complexes. A text message asking if a volunteer could have permission to come to their residence to sign the petitions in person or give more information. A volunteer called to follow up and arrange meeting place / time.

Universe:                          3026
Agreed to sign:                 110
Request more info:           33

There are a lot of things we can do to help make your plans more productive, utilizing the newest technologies.

What are you waiting for – give us a call 1- (888) 722-4704,

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters


Fun Friday – What I’m Into

For this Fun Friday post, I’m sharing a few things that I’m into lately.

Check out this article. I’ve been saying this one for years.

I mean, it’s science people.


And then there are these – which would probably look great with something else I mentioned recently. 


As if you needed another reason to join the #CHQ team …

When considering your next job, you don’t have to choose between joining a big pond and being a big fish. You want to join a growing pond, because that’s where you’ll become the biggest fish. Great read here. 


Have a great weekend!


The Awards Are In

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The CampaignHQ team is  very excited and honored to have won TWO Pollie Awards this year! These awards, given by the American Association of Political Consultants, represent the tremendous work our team does throughout the year to make sure our clients come out on top.

Nicole Schlinger pollies

I also had the pleasure of participating in a Business of the Business panel at the American Association of Political Consultants Pollie Awards in Napa. It was a lot of fun and a great event.

Nicole Schlinger Ted Cruz

You can Check out our Pollie Award winning text message campaign, “Polls are close: Ted’s 5X Match Tops $100,000.”

Thanks for your support,


Texting Top 5

It seems like everyone is talking about peer-to-peer texting these days.

Nicole Schlinger Text MessagingYes, it’s (relatively) new. Yes, it’s cool.

But at the end of the day … “new” and “cool” are not what wins a campaign. (If you aren’t sure about that … just ask Beto O’Rourke.)

Having the right conversation with the right people at the right time does!

Here at CampaignHQ, we’ve spent the last year learning how to create the same high quality, interactive conversation via text message that we’ve been having on the phones for the last 20 years. And now we want to share that knowledge to make YOU successful.

That’s the conTEXT difference.

While it’s common knowledge that peer-to-peer text messages can be used as an outbound communication tool – whether it’s for fundraising or GOTV – there are FIVE additional ways you can use conTEXT to effectively communicate your message.

Nicole Schlinger texting

Nicole Schlinger texting

Are you ready to win? Text me at (515) 710-4263 and let’s find a time to discuss a custom conTEXT solution to meet your specific needs.

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters