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Eric Wilson
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Hear from the pros who make politics happen.

We bring you into conversation with the entrepreneurs, funders, and operatives who drive the business of politics.

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New episodes hit feeds every Wednesday morning.

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What Voters Think About Fundraising Emails – Josh Nelson (Civic Shout)
Entrepreneurs
November 30, 2022
28
 MIN

"The spamming and scamming tactics that have become all too common are doing real damage to our ability to reach people and hold their attention."

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Republicans "Old School" Campaign – Kyle Tharp (FWIW Media)
Experts
November 16, 2022
32
 MIN

"Not only were Democrats on those platforms really far outspending their Republican opponents, they were doing so in really smart, interesting ways."

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What Americans Should Know About European Campaigns – Juri Schnöller (Cosmonauts & Kings)
Entrepreneurs
November 9, 2022
27
 MIN

"Most people say, 'Look, this kind of hyper polarized political debate, we don't want to have that in Europe.'"

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Inside The World Of Political Prediction Markets – Alex Keeney (Star Spangled Gamblers)
Experts
October 26, 2022
31
 MIN

"There's a small group of people who are so good at this that they can make as much money as well-heeled lobbyists downtown. Who do you want to take advice from?"

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Bringing Digital Advertising Into Reach For Campaigns Of All Sizes – Andy Yates (Republican Ads)
Entrepreneurs
October 19, 2022
32
 MIN

"We can drill down and make sure your persuasion is only going to persuasion, and you're putting GOTV messaging in front of the folks that are already in your camp."

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Money Talks...If You Know How To Listen – Stephen Aaron (527 Tracker)
Entrepreneurs
October 12, 2022
27
 MIN

"There's a big difference between somebody spending $4 million in a week and $7 million in a week, and we needed to figure out what were the accurate numbers and we were able to build an algorithm to do it."

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Tracking The Spending Of The $9.8 Billion Midterm Elections – Kyle Roberts (AdImpact)
Entrepreneurs
October 5, 2022
23
 MIN

"One campaign always wants to know what the other campaign is up to."

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A Candidate's Lessons Learned From Running For Office – Matthew Foldi
Operatives
September 28, 2022
34
 MIN

"I learned more from my experience of running for office than I did majoring in political science."

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Embracing Cryptocurrency Voters – Tyler Whirty (HODLpac)
Entrepreneurs
September 21, 2022
28
 MIN

"The crypto community is a powder keg of political energy."

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Incorporating Props & Symbols Into TV Ads – Casey Phillips (Hereford Agency)
Operatives
September 14, 2022
30
 MIN

"My brain works in very weird ways. Number one is that when a script comes, I can't get to the laptop fast enough."

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Building Software To Solve Your Own Challenges – Joe Mansour (Speak4)
Entrepreneurs
September 7, 2022
23
 MIN

"Once someone sent a message to their lawmakers on this issue, they cared about they're, bought in and they were much more likely to then donate to the organization than if they'd just been asked directly for a hard solicitation."

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Online Fundraising Software For Donors – Marcus Tetwiler (Sprinkle)
Entrepreneurs
August 31, 2022
36
 MIN

"We look at political contributions as a 15 billion market where the candidates have had their needs prioritized for years, while the donor experience has fallen behind."

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The People Who Make Politics Happen – Daniel Laurison (Swarthmore College)
Experts
August 24, 2022
32
 MIN

"Having real conversations with people and not just reading from scripts, I think, would make a huge difference in how connected people to politics."

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A Solution For Crowded Primaries – David Kanevsky (3D Strategic Research)
Operatives
August 17, 2022
26
 MIN

"Even the candidates who don't win end up with positive impressions among voters that lets them run for future offices."

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Voter Data As A Utility – Jon Black (Data Trust)
Entrepreneurs
August 10, 2022
26
 MIN

"They were focused on building a data operation for the party. And that's kind of what led to the Data Trust in how we operate. You know, we are an entity and again, a utility for the party and not just for one candidate or one individual."

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Training For Political Campaigns – Stephen Rowe (Leadership Institute)
Experts
August 3, 2022
25
 MIN

"Training works and the number of effectively trained activists on your side directly contributes to your success."

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Knowing What's On Every Ballot – Alex Niemczewski (BallotReady)
Entrepreneurs
July 27, 2022
23
 MIN

"We are nonpartisan and we mean it. We have integrity around it."

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How To Survive Crises In Business And Politics – Wesley Donehue (Push Digital)
Entrepreneurs
July 20, 2022
30
 MIN

"When the cancel culture mob comes for you, they don't want you to just lose your job temporarily. They want to make sure you are destroyed for life."

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What It Takes To Build A Winning Campaign Website – Ryan Rodgers (The Strategy Group Co.)
Entrepreneurs
July 6, 2022
32
 MIN

"People are visual. You have to pierce the heart, then move the mind. To do that it's emotion based."

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How To Run A Data-Driven Super PAC – Luke Thompson (Cerberus Strategies)
Operatives
May 18, 2022
48
 MIN

"We had a more comprehensive picture of the Ohio primary electorate than any other campaign in the state in history."

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The Startup Skills Campaigns Teach – Steve Johnston (Flexpoint Media)
Entrepreneurs
April 6, 2022
24
 MIN

"Data in the car, hopefully in your passenger seat, but not necessarily the driver's seat."

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Bringing Artificial Intelligence to Campaigns – Will Long (Numinar)
Entrepreneurs
October 6, 2021
22
 MIN

"My only experience ever with political campaigns was one Saturday in New Hampshire where I volunteered to go up with the Harvard Republican Club and knock doors for a day. It opened my eyes to this new opportunity for where technology and entrepreneurship we see in Silicon Valley hadn't really permeated as deeply.".

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Building Scalable Political Businesses – Nicole Schlinger (Campaign HQ)
Entrepreneurs
September 8, 2021
22
 MIN

"When you make the jump from operative to entrepreneur, you have to understand that your objectives are aligned with your clients' but they are not identical."

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