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Trashy's World: Fort McMurray fires

I don’t know about you, but I am blown away by the images I am seeing out of northern Alberta. Keep in mind that Fort Mac is a city of about 90,000 and much of it could go up in flames. If you are able, please donate to the Red Cross relief effor… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Fort McMurray fires

PostArctica: Fire Victim Benefit Concert

Was at the Fundraising concert at the Crowley Arts Centre today. Stayed for the first 5 acts, all of whom were very good. Hopefully this event will raise some money […] . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Fire Victim Benefit Concert

Trashy's World: Volunteerism – get involved, damn it!

I have written before about volunteerism and what is means to me. From volunteering at one’s school to participating in our civic processes, volunteering is a way to “give back” (I’m not particularly fond of that term) to the community and to gain a certain measure of self-satisfaction in the process. I have given up . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Volunteerism – get involved, damn it!

cmkl: The first 2000km

With the exception of my spring break 100km ride in Essex, UK and 180km of commuting when I remembered to turn on Strava, it’s all been indoors. Today I had planned to ride outside. With both wheels. I spent some time yesterday getting all the sensors lined up, took the bike into The Cyclery for . . . → Read More: cmkl: The first 2000km

CuriosityCat: 2015 election: Liberals, put money into the 14 Birddog Seats!

Wise money chases low margins

After the last election, I wrote a post that pointed out that these 14 seats were won by the Conservatives by the slim average of 443 votes per seat. With the Tories ahead of the Liberal Party in fundraising so far, the Liberals could be well advised to set . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: 2015 election: Liberals, put money into the 14 Birddog Seats!

Scott's DiaTribes: Fundraising stuff

A story in the Globe by Adam Radwanski today is interesting for what it says about oppposition parties and their attempts to get their local riding associations up to snuff when it comes to the all important money battle:

Officials….are privately worrying that many of their riding associations will suffer a cash disadvantage both leading . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Fundraising stuff

Trashy's World: Helping out Clifford Bowey PS…

… in the Aviva Fund competition. Hi all – PSA time: Clifford Bowey PS has moved into the Aviva Fund Semi-Finals! I like to think that our school community last year helped Vincent Massey win this competition – and a new playground! Please visit the site and register and VOTE – one vote per day . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Helping out Clifford Bowey PS…

Scott's DiaTribes: Liberal Fundraising Up – But Is It At A Cost?

As you’ve seen on here if you follow me, the Liberal Party’s Biennial Convention is coming up this month. As you also know, I’ll be there as an accredited blogger to cover the policy resolutions passed, and the elections, and so forth. Since that has been known, I’ve had some Liberals email me from Liberal-land . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Liberal Fundraising Up – But Is It At A Cost?

Progressive Proselytizing: A relentless call for donations: The last 65 emails from the Liberals

Starting the day that Justin Trudeau was elected as the leader of the Liberal Party, I have received 65 emails from the LPC’s main bulk email account, most with Trudeau’s name attached. Of that 65, 52 of them have been calls for donations, in under eight months. December has been particularly bad, with more . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: A relentless call for donations: The last 65 emails from the Liberals

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Time for the Liberals to revive the Supporter membership category.

A little over a year ago, the Liberal Party was in the midst of a bold initiative intended to bring a lot of Canadians into the Liberal Party fold. The Supporter category of membership in the Liberal Party was conceived as an easy way to sign up a really large number of new ‘members’ by . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Time for the Liberals to revive the Supporter membership category.

Calgary Grit: Trick or Treat

New Liberal fundraising tactics

Yeah, so it likely wasn’t the most exciting political news of the day, but the quarter 3 fundraising numbers are out, and the story is all good for the Liberals who have had more unique donors than the Conservatives since Trudeau took over.

Yes, they’re still well back of . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Trick or Treat

Things Are Good: Help Me Support Team Fox

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder that impacts a person’s motor skills and often PD can impact mental functions. PD is in no way a good thing and that’s why I’m one of many people who are fundraising for research. The Michael J. Fox Foundation funds research into PD for ways to find . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Help Me Support Team Fox

A BCer in Toronto: Justin wears shorts, raises a lot of money

Received an email this morning; Liberal leader Justin Trudeau “has a message for me.” And a few million other people, but whatevs. Here it is:

 Much discussion in the online world about the clothing tastes of casual Justin. The suit and tie pundit crowd seem confused or annoyed. I think it’s fine, but neither . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Justin wears shorts, raises a lot of money

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Whither the Green Party? Probable Strategy for 2015

I just took a gander at the Elections Canada databases to see the current state of the Green Party EDA`s. Like them or not, the Green Party remains a factor, and their 2015 campaign will play a role in determining the outcome of the 2015 election. I have a couple of general observations to make, . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Whither the Green Party? Probable Strategy for 2015

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Trudeau’s ‘Call to Action’ needs to focus on building the Riding Associations.

In the very few weeks since Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, there have been some pretty big things going on. I guess the most obvious, and I mean IN YOUR FACE obvious is the launch millions of dollars worth of ‘attack ads’ by the Conservatives, and the launch of . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Trudeau’s ‘Call to Action’ needs to focus on building the Riding Associations.

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Liberal Party Organising: Integrating Facebook with Voter contact lists means GAME OVER for the Conservatives

I have blogged repeatedly on the Importance to the Liberal Party of ‘building the database’ and populating Liberalist with as many Liberal Party supporters as possible. That is step one of the critical three-step of Building the database, Engaging supporters more deeply, and effective Calls to action. Until about an hour ago, I thought that . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Liberal Party Organising: Integrating Facebook with Voter contact lists means GAME OVER for the Conservatives

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: It is time for the Liberal party to start ‘Doing’ policy.

Attack ads, counter attack ads. Lots of earned media so far, and with some actual media buys happening, I am sure there is going to be some movement in opinion polls, and very early voting intentions, but seriously, what does it mean 2 years out from the next general election? Lets take stock of what . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: It is time for the Liberal party to start ‘Doing’ policy.

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Justin Trudeau ‘Anti-Attack’ ads released

OK, so I just got an emailed ‘ask’ to help pay for airing this 30 second spot. I am not an advertising expert, so I do not know how effective it will be. In essence, Justin tells us he is a Teacher and proud of it, Canadians deserve better than attack ads, and he is . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Justin Trudeau ‘Anti-Attack’ ads released

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Attack ads are not the issue for the Liberals. It is the lack of money.

All this focus on attack ads!

I do not normally have much to say about Air War aspects of political campaigning. Broadcast and media aspects of campaigns are important, but they are really outside my area of expertise. What I do know is that when the public gets engaged, money and volunteers flow into Party . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Attack ads are not the issue for the Liberals. It is the lack of money.

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Here`s a surprise. The Greens kickass at political outreach while Libs CPC and NDP all FAIL.

Come on In!

As regular readers may have gathered, I am very interested in effective political fundraising, data management, and communications strategy and tactics. I have had practical experience in it too, so I think my thoughts are worth the Liberal Party`s time to consider. One month ago, I blogged about methods to . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Here`s a surprise. The Greens kickass at political outreach while Libs CPC and NDP all FAIL.

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Justin Trudeau is just plain Wrong about Micro-Targeting being negative.

Uh-oh. I read this article on Friday and it got right under my skin. Taken together with past statements by Justin Trudeau that he would not allow negative attacks on the Conservatives ( or presumably the NDP), I am wondering if I find myself back in Green Party Land, where warm and fuzzy thinking replaces . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Justin Trudeau is just plain Wrong about Micro-Targeting being negative.

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Building the Database: Conservative Union busting campaign.

So I have blogged on what the bare existence of the Supporter category of membership means to the Liberal Party. In a nutshell, it means that the Liberals have woken up to the fact that a robust and healthy contact database provides the means to establish a dialogue with Canadians with an affinity for the . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Building the Database: Conservative Union busting campaign.

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Liberals Supporter category vital. What happens after the leadership race?

I first realised that my old friend, the Liberal Party of Canada was on the path to recovery when they introduced the Supporter category early in 2012. Canadians were invited to formally become a supporter of the Liberal Party, and offered a vote in the leadership contest as an inducement. As I wrote in June, . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: Liberals Supporter category vital. What happens after the leadership race?

calgaryliberal.com: What’s in a Merger?

  We have a problem. Nobody knows what a merger is. When you want to mobilize people and get people moving you need a plan of action. A raison d’etre. A movement of sorts that congeals the product of the conversation and gets moving to the next step. For a political party the destruction of . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: What’s in a Merger?

Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: The Liberal Party Supporter category: Takach gets it. Does anybody else?

Yesterday I read a Toronto Star article entitled: How federal Liberals are using leadership race to get back in the game.

The premise of the article is that the new supporter category is a game changer for the Liberal Party, and that this late entry into the data collection business holds the promise of future . . . → Read More: Not an Official Green Party Canada Site: The Liberal Party Supporter category: Takach gets it. Does anybody else?