Candidates always ask me how to spend the last weekend before the election most productively. These tips assume you have done all the right things up to now, mail, website, media, social media, walk, walk walk. Now, go out and give your campaign a boost this last weekend.
1. Keep walking precincts and calling voters. Update your list so you are only going to those homes and phones where unmarked ballots still reside. Can't afford a new walk list? Just go to poll voters. You know they haven't cast their ballot yet, and maybe seeing your smiling face on their doorstep will get them to cast it for you.
2. Robo call. Just one. Very short. Your name, your office. One point. Your telephone number. Thanks.
3. Make sure your GOTV lists are prepared and you have volunteers to hit
the polls on Election Day. This means you have either printed out or
highlighted on your walk sheets those voters who said they would vote
for you. Now you have to make sure they get to the polls and cast that
4. Last minute email blasts. Ask for help, volunteers, money (if you don't have debts, you haven't been running hard enough; if you have money left over, your in trouble deep!), and invite everyone to watch the returns with you on Tuesday night.
5. Update the website with some excitement. We're on a roll. Down to the wire. Pics of you and your volunteers (and their dogs) handing out literature.
6. Stop by every single public event you can and get rid of every last piece of literature you have.
7. OK. When those things are done, get your ten friends together and start
waving signs. No, this will not make anyone who hasn't thought about the
race yet decide to vote for you, but someone on the fence might
appreciate the show of enthusiasm.
8. Get some rest.
Monday you will be calling undecided poll voters as well as making
reminder calls to those poll voters on your list who you identified as
voting for you. Tuesday you will going non-stop, as you make sure all
your voters get to the polls, if it means dragging them from their
dinners at 7 PM, pleading and moaning that you need their vote. Now.
9. Read your horoscope. Interpret liberally.
10. Never. Stop. Campaigning.
Why Is Chevron Trying to Buy the Government of This Northern California City?
Photo Credit: Flickr/Marcin Wichary
October 15, 2014 |
Since then, the city of Richmond has been eager to impose new safety regulations on Chevron. A year after the fire, it filed a lawsuit against the company, citing its record of safety violations and disregard for public welfare going back to 1989. Chevron’s response? As Rachel Maddow reported, they’re trying to buy the city government of Richmond.
Fortunately, as Maddow points out, California requires all spending to be identified, so you can follow the trail of ads, billboards and mailers with the tag “Major funding by Chevron.”
Chevron has dumped $1.3 million into the campaign of its favored candidate for mayor, buying billboards, glossy mailers and TV time. His opponent has raised about $22,000. The oil giant is also trying to purchase seats on the town’s city council, ousting its progressive members and replacing them with people more friendly to itself. Its campaign spending in Richmond this year has reached nearly $3 million in this town of slightly more than 100,000 people. The LA Times reports, “Chevron’s independent expenditure committee, Moving Forward, fashions itself as ‘a coalition of labor unions, small businesses, public safety and firefighters associations.’ But 99.7% of its funding comes from the oil company.”
Chevron spends indirectly as well, sponsoring a website called the Richmond Standard, which disguises itself as a community news source while slanting its coverage of elected officials and candidates to demonize those it doesn’t like and running stories that put a positive spin on Chevron’s activities. Much of the information about Chevron’s campaign spending has come out via Richmond Confidential, a website run by students at the University of California at Berkeley’s school of journalism.
“For a corporation to manipulate a municipal election on this scale should be illegal,” says L.A. Times writer Michael Hiltzik. “Chevron may pose as a company enjoying its free speech rights, as secured through the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, but a pincer movement employing pantsfull of money and misleading, manipulative ‘news’ demonstrates the potential of a big company’s speech to drown out every other voice.”
This huge spending, Maddow pointed out, is the ultimate outcome of that decision, which approved unlimited spending in federal races and then expanded that to local races.
“It’s not like it’s coming out of a spigot but more like it’s coming out of an out-of-control blown well,” said Maddow.