Money in Politics

Money in Politics

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Welcome to the Money in Politics Podcast, hosted by Andrew Blumenfeld! Join us for interesting conversations and takes on one of the most significant and misunderstood elements of our political system: money. You will hear from a variety of perspective…


Draining the Swamp, with the Directors of HBO’s ‘The Swamp’
Aug 12 • 43 min
Welcome to season two of the Money in Politics podcast, and what better way to begin this new season than by diving directly into the deep-end of the swamp?! We’re joined today by Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme, the directors of a new HBO documentary,…
Season One Finale
Jul 16 • 3 min
Today’s episode marks the Season One finale of the Money in Politics podcast! Throughout this season, we have learned a lot from incredibly interesting people with a wide range of perspectives. Reporters from the Wall Street Journal and Politico have…
State Legislative Caucuses
Jul 9 • 31 min
House Caucuses can play a huge role in state legislative campaigns, but to many people, they can be a little bit mysterious. Da’Quan Love serves as the Political Director of the North Carolina Democratic Party House Caucus, and he previously served as…
More Money in Politics
Jul 1 • 26 min
We’ve spoken with a lot of people on this show about their efforts to get money out of politics as part of their work to preserve and protect our democracy. While Noah Maier shares this same ultimate goal, he takes a completely different approach. Noah…
Congressional Insider Trading
Jun 22 • 32 min
The Department of Justice recently opened investigations into lawmakers who sold millions of dollars in stocks after attending closed-door congressional briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic, soon before the market experienced a sharp downturn. Prior to…
Training Women who Run for Office
Jun 17 • 30 min
Ryanne Olsen is the Training and Curriculum Director at Emerge America, an organization that recruits and trains women to run for office. She joins the Money in Politics podcast to share the specific strategies Emerge uses to prepare women to fundraise,…
How-To: Strong End-of-Quarter Fundraising
Jun 11 • 7 min
The end of a quarter (EOQ) is a critical time for fundraising. For many, a quarterly financial reporting deadline can mean an opportunity to demonstrate viability and momentum that could be crucial to the campaign. On today’s “How To” episode of the…
Preserving a Strong Democracy
Jun 9 • 31 min
The health of our democracy has increasingly come into question in recent years and decades, and the role money plays in our politics is a big part of that discussion. David Hawkings is the Editor in Chief of The Fulcrum, a nonprofit and nonpartisan…
How Data is Changing Fundraising
May 27 • 35 min
“Machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” get tossed around a lot these days. And many people are rightfully skeptical about all that people and companies claim to be doing with big data in politics. Adam Boaz-Becker is a data engineer and…
How-To: Building Your Donor Database
May 22 • 14 min
One of the biggest barriers to fundraising is building a robust database of current and prospective donors. All too often, campaigns are quick to blame their fundraising woes on simply not having a good enough list. But building and maintaining your…
Relational Fundraising
May 20 • 37 min
It shouldn’t be surprising that people are much more reachable and persuadable by individuals that they already know and trust. But how does this translate to fundraising? Shola Farber is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of the Tuesday Company,…
A Mystery PAC
May 13 • 24 min
Campaign finance filings are typically only interesting for those who work in campaign finance. That’s not always the case, though. Zach Montellaro, a Politico reporter, made waves recently when he brought to light how a PAC, Americans for Progressive…
Candidate Viability and Fundraising
May 7 • 23 min
How do candidates prove that they are electable and that their campaign is viable? Often, the answer comes down to how much they can fundraise. Viability- or at least the perception of viability- can dramatically impact which candidates stay in the race…
How-To: Fundraising on Day 1 - Your Campaign Launch
May 1 • 6 min
Launching your campaign can be an exciting time, but all too often campaigns make avoidable mistakes at one of their most high-profile moments, where fundraising potential is high. On today’s “How To” episode of the Money in Politics podcast, Andrew…
Digital Fundraising
Apr 29 • 29 min
While some campaigns have been slow to incorporate a digital infrastructure into their fundraising, others have come to rely on it. Toby Fallsgraff has spent more than a decade in digital communications and served in leadership roles in the presidential…
How-To: How Campaigns are Adapting to COVID-19
Apr 24 • 6 min
The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed how campagins are operating. But despite the circumstances, staffers continue to need to be paid, advertisements still cost money, and elections will inevitably take place. On today’s “How To” episode…
First-Time Candidate Fundraising
Apr 22 • 30 min
Fundraising can be a daunting task for any campaign, but especially for a first-time candidate. Karl Frisch was recently elected to the Fairfax County Public School Board in Virginia - the 10th largest school division in the United States that serves…
Reporting on Money in Politics
Apr 17 • 41 min
Money can play a big role in how the media covers campaigns. How much money have you raised? How much have you spent? Who’s donating? Emily Glazer is one of the reporters covering the 2020 election for the Wall Street Journal and writes about the…
Money out of Politics
Apr 15 • 35 min
There’s a lot about money in politics that is flawed. But how do we fix it? Betsy Sweet is running for U.S. Senate in Maine with a passion for getting money out of politics, and she has a history of work on the issue. Betsy helped write the Clean…
How Donors Think
Apr 8 • 28 min
How donors think can feel like a bit of a mystery. Hannah Linkenhoker has spent her career advising donors on their political giving, and as Senior Political Strategist at ICM Partners, she now works at the crossroads of Hollywood and politics. Hannah…
Still No FEC Quorum. So What?
Apr 1 • 21 min
Since August 2019, the Federal Elections Commission has lacked the minimum number of commissioners it needs to undertake some of its most essential operations, including the enforcement of America’s federal election laws. With the 2020 campaigns well…
The Fundraising Gender Gap
Apr 1 • 29 min
Is there a gender gap in political fundraising? Amanda Renteria is a Senior Advisor and former Interim President of Emerge America, a national organization that recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network to Democratic women who want to run for…
Political Fundraising During a Pandemic?
Apr 1 • 29 min
How are campaigns navigating the coronavirus pandemic? Are they fundraising? How? Kelly Dietrich is the CEO and founder of the National Democratic Training Committee, the largest Democratic campaign training program in the country. He joins the Money in…
The Money in Politics Podcast
Mar 31 • 1 min
Welcome to the Money in Politics Podcast, hosted by Andrew Blumenfeld! Join us for interesting conversations and takes on one of the most significant and misunderstood elements of our political system: money. You will hear from a variety of…