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Founded to carry forward the work of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, we arm progressives with the strategies and skills to win. We develop political leaders. We strengthen movement organizations. We ignite change.

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  • Trained 70k progressive leaders
  • Propelled 800 alumni into elected office
  • Guided 3,400 winning campaigns
  • Engaged 350 partner organizations
  • Inspired 23k donors since 2003

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Camp Wellstone

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Camp Wellstone is the program for you. We teach future candidates the nuts and bolts of running – and winning – a progressive campaign. Think of this as Candidate School 101!

Camp Wellstone

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Camp Wellstone is the program for you. We teach campaign staff the nuts and bolts of running – and winning – a progressive campaign. Think of it as Campaign School 101!

Camp Wellstone

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Camp Wellstone is the program for you. We teach community organizers the nuts and bolts of winning progressive change on community-based issues. We believe that the only way to build progressive power is in partnership with others –not by ourselves. So if you’re connected to a group of people who want to make real change on a particular issue in your community, Camp Wellstone’s the place for you.

Movement-Building Project

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Our Movement-Building Project may be the program for you. This intensive, partnership-based work is designed to build powerful, long-term movements that create progressive change.

Advanced Campaign Management School

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Advanced Campaign Management School may be the program for you. This intensive training, usually offered every odd year, runs on an application-only basis and is designed to hone the skills of those who have previous significant campaign leadership experience.

Labor Training Program

Thank you for your interest in Wellstone Action! Our Labor Training Program may be right for you. Using customized curricula, we partner with labor organizations across the country that are committed to organizing and developing new leaders and moving a progressive, pro-worker agenda.

Campus Camp Wellstone

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Campus Camp Wellstone may be the program for you. This weekend training teaches students and youth movement leaders how to run – and win – on the issues that matter most. We focus, in particular, on campus and community organizing, young voter engagement, and other customized trainings.

Native American Leadership Program

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Our Native American Leadership program may be right for you. Our all-Native training team provides culturally relevant curricula, usually in partnership with tribes, on leadership development and civic engagement, as well as technical support to create a pipeline of Native leaders ready to assume key leadership positions in our communities.

Sheila Wellstone Institute

Thanks for your interest in Wellstone Action! Our Sheila Wellstone Institute may be right for you. We continue Sheila’s legacy to end violence in families by building power and visibility to ensure that ending violence against women is a national priority.

10 Sep 2012

Camp Wellstone: Maine

Resources for Winning the Wellstone Way

Politics of Conviction

While issues are important, voters also need to identify with a candidate’s core values – to connect with people they see as “standing for something,” even if they disagree with them on specific issues. At Wellstone Action we call this the Politics of Conviction.

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Stump Speech Worksheet

The candidate’s stump speech is the campaign’s core vehicle for delivering a concise, clear, and compelling message and story about the candidate and campaign.

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Sample Campaign Plan

Check out this sample plan that includes: strategy overview, targeting, campaign roles and responsibilities, message, field/voter contact, outreach, finance plan, timeline

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Vote Deficit: Okay, Now What?

Not every voter needs to be persuaded, since not every voter is undecided. Each campaign has a base of voters who you can count on to vote for you on Election Day.

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Win Number: Okay, Now What?

Your campaign’s win number is powerful. It’s the starting point for creating a campaign plan that makes the best use of all of your resources: time, people, and money

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Voter Contact Formulas and Pricing

These  formulas for voter contact are averages and assume all volunteer labor.  The numbers in bold are for budgeting purposes; the actual number may vary depending on a number of factors – you should adjust your own budgeting accordingly.

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Managing Phone Banks and Canvasses

An effective phone bank or canvass depends on three key factors: good management, training and supervision.  This guide will help you organize and execute a successful phone or door canvass, with well-trained and enthusiastic volunteers.

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Tips for Campaigns Using Twitter

Twitter is many things to many people:An information network and a source for breaking news,  a communications tool, and a conversation platform between friends, colleagues, or those with similar interests.
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