NGP VAN Tips for Organizing a Rally

NGP VAN Believes That A Good Rally Can Boost Anyone’s Campaign

NGP VAN came into existence in the fall of 2010 when NGP Software and Voter Activation Network merged. The American company has headquarters in Washington, DC, and Somerville, Massachusetts. They specialize in helping political campaigns and other organizations in using the latest technology to achieve their goals. NGP VAN’s integrated platform allows their clients to have the best fundraising tools and social networking products as well as having all their digital, organization, and compliance needs met in one place. The Wall Street Journal stated that the NGP VAN was the Democratic Party’s secret weapon. NGP VAN also helps smaller organizations with their needs, and they have some advice on how to throw a successful campaign rally.

Have a clear objective

Rallies can take a lot of time and money. It is important to have a clear objective. Rallies are good for introducing candidates to the public, to get press coverage, and to inspire supporters to volunteer or donate money.

Organization is key

Once the decision is made to hold a rally, organization is key to its success. Location is everything. Pick a location that means something. Make sure it has plenty of parking, easy for supports and the press to find, and will give the allusion of having a huge crowd even if you do not.

Make sure that your sound system is up to par. You want to be heard. Visualization is also important. Not only do you need to be photo ready, but so does everyone surrounding you. Make sure your backdrop is also photo ready. Line up important people from the community to speak.

Marketing

It is important to have a marketing campaign in place. Print flyers, invite everyone you know, notify the media. Use your social media platforms to get the information out to the public and collect RSVPs.

Take the energy and run

Rallies create a lot of energy. Use that energy to sign up volunteers and get contact information from supporters. This is how elections are won.

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End Citizens United to Focus on Congressional Elections in 2018

There is a new political action committee on the block and they are focused on bringing about voter rights reform in the United States government. End Citizens United was established as a response to the hugely controversial Supreme Court decision regarding a conservative group named Citizens United. The group, led by an unassuming lawyer named James Bopp, functionally suppressed the rights of American voters everywhere with a single argument: they succeeded in allowing corporations to donate as much money as they want through campaign donations. The results were simple: legislators who were in support of Citizens United began to stockpile massive donations from special interests while legislators who were opposed to Citizens United were quickly outspent in election campaigns. The ultimate outcome is that the will of the American vote has diminished if it hasn’t been completely muted.

End Citizens United launched in September of 2015 as a response to this decision and though it may have been eight years ago, it is still just as important today for groups to continue fighting for campaign finance reform. With the election of Donald Trump to the White House, it has become more important than ever that something is done to remove the dark web of special interests from the United States government. End Citizens United has focused on creating a grassroots network of concerned citizens who are ready and willing to vote with their wallets and support legislators who are willing to champion campaign finance reform.

The ultimate goal of End Citizens United is to make their name a reality and in order to do that in today’s Washington D.C. they need to get their donors active. End Citizens United is aiming to raise nearly $35 million ahead of the 2018 Congressional Elections in order to try and support legislators who are ready to make a difference and take a constitutional amendment to the highest levels of government in order to remove the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United.

In order for End Citizens United to succeed they have gotten busy endorsing legislators who are willing to share the burden in the fight that will surely be coming. End Citizens United has already endorsed several progressive legislators who are willing to champion the cause but the issue is so partisan that not a single Republican has been willing to touch it — much to the detriment of people everywhere. Still, that hasn’t stopped End Citizens United from continuing their work. Most recently End Citizens United endorsed Senator Russ Feingold from Wisconsin as well as Senatore Michael Bennet from Colorado. End Citizens United knows that they need to have as much support as possible and it is only getting more important by the day.

For details: www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/