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Campus Majority-Trained Mary Gainey Runs Successful Assembly Campaign

Campus Majority Trained

Races are heating up for November elections but some elected positions, barring a historic write-in campaign, have been decided through heated primaries earlier this year. The open 97th assembly seat in famous Waukesha County, WI was to be one of the most competitive races during the August 12 Wisconsin primary. Knowing that the primary winner would be unopposed in the general election, six candidates threw their hat in the ring. The eventual winner, Scott Allen, won the race through not only his own hard work, but that of his campaign manager, Carroll University senior Mary Gainey.

The American Majority Wisconsin team got to know Mary at the networking training at Carroll University on April, 22nd 2014. Originally from San Francisco, CA, Mary arrived in Wisconsin three years ago to study political science. She started out by looking for ways to volunteer or intern in the local political scene. In her words, “There’s no harm in asking. It’s one of the bravest things you can do to impress people.”

Through her search, she landed an internship and was hooked on Wisconsin politics. She started attending local political events to network and get more involved. Throughout different events she met many professionals, including Scott Allen. This connection ultimately led to her position as the campaign manager for his assembly race.

Mary’s summer consisted of the campaign day in and day out with little time for relaxing. Her typical day started at 6:30am by checking e-mails, meeting with Scott for 15 minutes to map out campaign essentials for the day.

Then she worked with the graphic designer and printer on campaign signs, apparel, and literature. From here she entered data for walk lists that Scott needed for doorknocking, often making new lists as he was going door-to-door. She worked on labels for lists, marked who needed thank you notes, yard signs, and which voters should be contacted next.

She had to be ready for anything. Once she re-enter nearly 200 names and their information into the campaign system to make sure the walk lists weren’t thrown off. When all of this was over she would be back at home, going to bed, and the next morning would wake up and do it all over again.

When asked what the key to the campaign’s success Mary says, “follow-up.” Scott Allen did not raise the most money in the primary, but he knocked on doors, left notes for voters who were not at home, sent postcards, called voters who he had missed, and left voicemails for those who didn’t answer. The campaign revisited wards and checked if voters needed anything or had thoughts on the 97th assembly seat. Through this follow-up, the campaign took 34 percent of the vote to win the six-way primary.

Mary’s life is winding down after the campaign and ramping up with her final year of undergraduate work. For students who are interested in politics, Mary advises to not be intimidated by those you find in the political field. There is “politics in everything” so picking political science will give you the opportunity to do what you want with your degree.

Would Mary want to run a campaign again? “Yes, no question.”



30,000 Conservatives Trained in 45 States!

American Majority Trains 30,000 New Leaders and Activists

American Majority trained our 30,000th individual trainee last weekend at a Boot Camp Training in Atlanta, Georgia. That’s 30,000 new leaders and activists who have gone through American Majority’s cutting-edge trainings that equip them to be agents of change in their local communities. Many have gone on to run for state or local office, while many more found a way to use their unique skills to bring fiscal sanity to their hometowns and states.

American Majority trains 30KOur success is in part due to the radical idea that change does not begin in Washington, but in our state and local communities, where a significant percentage of government spending occurs. We believe that if enough people will organize at the local level, it will lead to a groundswell that will bring national, generational change. This belief has rung true for the tens of thousands who have attended one of our trainings in 45 different states.

Since our founding in 2008, we’ve held 862 live, in-person trainings, led by a great staff comprised of political veterans and grassroots experts. Nearly 1,500 new leaders have signed our New Leaders Project pledge to identify new leaders in their communities to run for office.

This summer we launched a new American Majority Webinar Training Series, at which we’ve trained 515 new leaders and activists how they can better connect with voters on social media, organize in their communities, and hold their elected officials accountable.

But it’s not the numbers that matter. It is the lives that have been impacted and the leaders who have been empowered. At the local level, we are seeing school boards and village boards flipped from liberal control to conservative control. Leaders like Scot Shumski are shaking things up on the Burlington, VT school board, and Brian Logue is challenging the status quo on his county board in Wisconsin.

Training on dozens of college campuses, we’ve also worked with conservative college students to invest in their development and effectiveness through our Campus Majority program. This spring we partnered with Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to help train 1,716 students and activists at YAL’s state conventions.

We are incredibly proud of our trainees: men and women who don’t whine and complain, but who are actually doing real things to make a difference. We are just getting started at American Majority and we plan on doing much, much more in the years to come.

How Persistence Pays Off

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among more than 50 state and local new leaders asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced new leaders seeking elected office.  Part 9 can be found here.

In all things related to your campaign, keep trying. Be persistent! Is fundraising not going well your first four weeks? You certainly will not get anything if you give up. Calvin Coolidge once said the following:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race (more…)

American Majority’s Kayla Gabrielse Named a 2014 Right Woman To Watch

Right Wisconsin has selected their 2014 Right Women to Watch and we’re proud to announce that American Majority Wisconsin Field Staffer Kayla Gabrielse is among them.

Excerpt from Right Wisconsin:

The Right Women to Watch will recognize conservative women who are on the rise and making a difference now in Wisconsin. 

This year’s Right Women to Watch are:

Kayla Gabrielse

Kayla Gabrielse is a Field Staffer for American Majority Wisconsin. Prior to her current position, Kayla led efforts for American Majority Action’s Sheboygan Liberty Headquarters in the fall 2012 election cycle. Since joining American Majority, Kayla has spearheaded American MajorityWisconsin’s Women Activist Trainings, which empowers women to expose the Left’s fake War on Women Narrative, learn how to tell their stories to change hearts and minds, and use social media effectively.

In the past year, she has helped American Majority to their most successful spring election cycle, with 42 trained candidates winning their spring elections. She has also taken part in “Insight 2014″ Young Guns Panel,  a Women’s Panel at the Wisconsin Conservative Leadership Conference, and explained why “The War on Women Won’t Work in Wisconsin” for Right Wisconsin.

Kayla is quickly becoming a conservative woman to watch as she continues to inspire and train the next generation of conservatives.

Read the rest here.

Writing a Winning “Thank You” Letter

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among more than 50 state and local new leaders asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced new leaders seeking elected office.  Part 8 can be found here.

No matter how you go about fundraising, one thing should always remain constant: providing thank you letters. There is some flexibility here; most ‘Thank you” letters can be generic, which allows you to let volunteers or campaign members send the letter without your signature. Personal friends or relatives and very large donors should still get a personal note or message. There is little that will sink future funding as quickly as an ungrateful candidate, especially if you have a primary election where you could ask for a second donation later in the year. (more…)

Do Your Homework

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among more than 50 state and local new leaders asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced new leaders seeking elected office.  Part 7 can be found here.

Think back to when you were in high school. This might mean a time before the Internet, computers, mobile phones and cars that went faster than 50 mph. Did you enjoy spending your precious time doing schoolwork for classes that you haven’t used since? Did you think it was a waste of time? Thankfully, the homework that you put in your campaign can pay off — big time. One of the most common questions a new candidate often has is “Where can I find willing financial donors?” This is where your homework comes in. (more…)

If You Can Mention Donations, Do It. Here’s How.

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among over fifty state and local new leaders asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced new leaders seeking elected office. Part 6 can be found here.

One of the most important things you will have to do as a candidate is raise money. In fact, the number one job for each candidate is to raise support. During your campaign, there will be many times when you will have the opportunity to say something for a closing remark: during TV or radio interviews, meet and greets, fundraisers, campaign flyers, even personal and professional relationships. These are excellent opportunities for putting in a plug for donations. (more…)

Running for Office? Be Prepared To Self-Finance

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among over fifty state and local candidates asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced candidates seeking elected office.  Part 5 can be found here.

First time candidates usually expect they will have to contribute something to their own campaign, but few realize exactly how much they will usually end up contributing. Because you will not be receiving many donations at the onset of your campaign, most of your initial expenses will have to come from your own wallet. (more…)

20 American Majority-Trained New Leaders Advance to November

104 trained wi leaders

American Majority Trains Conservative New Leaders to Shape Government

Over the last few years, American Majority Wisconsin staff has been training New Leaders across the state who then decided to take the challenge and run for state or local office. After yesterday’s contests, 20 American Majority Trained New Leaders advanced to November.

American Majority works to build a farm team of New Leaders at all levels of government. The farm team builds from the most local level of government where citizens often feel the most impact.  These leaders are also the folks who will hopefully take the next step to run for higher office down the road, creating a pipeline of conservative public service.

Matt Batzel, the National Executive Director of American Majority, who works out of the Wisconsin office, said “Since opening our Wisconsin office in October 2010, we have trained 104 New Leaders who’ve gone on to victory. We are proud of our trained leaders’ successes after encountering American Majority, and look forward to congratulating a next round of winners this November. Conservatives who step forward and sacrifice to run for office are making a difference to improve their state.”

Hosting Winning Private Fundraisers

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among over fifty state and local new leaders asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced new leaders seeking elected office.  Part 4 can be found here.

Fundraising is a board category with many definitions, depending on circumstances. At its basic etymological core, it literally means raising money. However, the implementation of fundraising can range from mass mailings, radio advertisement, rallies, or even mowing lawns. The context we will look at today is that of private home fundraisers.

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Vermont Issues Activist Trainings Coming to You

ISSUES ACTIVIST TRAINING!

How Montpelier Affects Your Life and Livelihood

American Majority Vermont and the Ethan Allen Institute are offering a series of training sessions on Four Key Issues and How to Use Them. (See below for details on dates/times/locations.) We will give you the facts and the stories you need to effectively communicate your point of view on the most important topics of the day. At a cost of $15, which includes dinner and materials, each session includes five 30 minute presentations on:

  • Jobs & the Economy: The truth behind the numbers
  • Single Payer: How it will impact healthcare, jobs, and people
  • Education Taxes: The ever-increasing property tax
  • Education Reform: How to control costs and improve outcomes
  • Ideas & Activism: How to implement real change

August 5 Issues Training, Lyndon

Lyndon State College, Rita Bole Community Room, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. (Registration opens at 5:00 pm). Reserve your spot now.

August 6 Issues Training, Rutland

Rutland, College of St. Joseph’s, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. (Registration opens at 5:00 pm). Reserve your spot now.

August 12 Issues Briefing, Northfield

Norwich University, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. (Registration opens at 5:00 pm). Reserve your spot now.

August 13 Issues Briefing, Essex

Essex Grange Hall 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. (Registration opens at 5:00 pm). Reserve your spot now.

1,451 New Leaders

New Leaders Project signers

That’s the number of people across our country that have committed to going a step further—they aren’t going to just talk about new leaders, they are going to become new leaders. Are you one of them?

As of this week:

1,451 people like Brian Logue, who decided to put a new name on the ballot.

1,451 people who want to reduce local government spending.

1,451 conservatives who are looking for new leaders they can support.

1,451 people who are going to hold elected officials accountable by challenging them for their jobs.

1,451 people building a farm team of principled conservatives ready to lead our states and change Washington, D.C.

1,451 people working to reduce the government’s role in your life.

“Nothing is going to change—unless new people get involved and do something about it.” There are elections this year, and next year, and the year after that. Do you want to make a difference in yours?

The New Leaders Project has tools available to you online to help you with everything from fundraising to campaign websites to creating your strategy for finding new leaders.

We hope you’ll help us reach 1,500 new leaders and add your name to the list of conservative leaders who are taking the next step. Sign the New Leaders Pledge today!

Asking Strangers To Donate

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among over fifty state and local new leaders asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced new leaders seeking elected office.  Part 3 can be found here.

Raising funds for a campaign is crucial to your campaign’s success and, unless you are Bill Gates and don’t need to fundraise, you will quickly run out of friends who can contribute to your campaign and especially people who can contribute larger amounts of funds. Sooner or later you will have to start asking complete strangers for money. This is no easy task: people are loathe to give money to people they don’t know, let alone people who want large amounts of it. (more…)

Asking Friends to Donate to Your Campaign

how to ask friends for money II

In this continuing series, we explore the results of a survey conducted among over fifty state and local candidates asking for any voluntary advice they might give to new or inexperienced candidates seeking elected office.  Part 2 can be found here.

Once you have declared your intention to run, you are going to need funding. Lots of it. Some candidates think that, simply due to the fact that they are running, their friends and family members will arbitrarily contribute to the campaign. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Women Activist Trainings Mobilize WI Men & Women

Women Activist Training

Become inspired, be an activist, attend an upcoming Women Activist Training.

After attending American Majority’s Women Activist Training in Ocnomowoc, WI in June, Faith Jones has become inspired to be more active to fight the liberal war on women.

Faith Jones, Creative Director of Young Americans for Liberty- University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Chapter- attended the training with her boyfriend. She says:

“Since your presentation, my boyfriend and I have become more active on Twitter and on the War on Women. Thank you for inspiring us to reach out in new ways and pull this fight in the right direction! I look forward to hearing more about the upcoming training series.”

Follow Faith and her fight on Twitter here: @FHJforFreedom.

American Majority is pleased to announce that more Women Activists Trainings will be coming to Wisconsin this September 2014!

Discover what Faith has learned to become more active on Twitter, fight back against the Left’s fake War on Women narrative, and much more. These trainings are geared toward those interested in learning more about the war on women, and to encourage more conservative women to be activists! This is not a feminist training—men are also encouraged to attend and will benefit from learning about effective messaging against the war on women. It is important that both conservative women and men stand up against the liberal War on Women rhetoric.

Our Women Activist Trainings cover these topics:

  • Understanding the Left’s fake War on Women Narrative.
  • How to Develop your Conservative Message
  • Push your message online and offline
  • The do’s and don’ts of social media
  • How to tell your story to change hearts and minds

Register for our Women Activist Training in Sheboygan, WI. Register today!

Keep an eye open for more dates and locations to be announced in the near future!

To request a Women Activist Training near you, contact: kayla@americanmajority.org.

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