The Wellstone Impact

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.

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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Tips for Campaigns Using Facebook

Using your campaign Facebook page, you can build your list, generate visibility for events and rallies, share big campaign updates, favorable articles or other campaign notes, and – of course – raise money.  

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Hiring a Direct Mail Consultant

If your campaign is planning a large direct mail program – and your budget allows – you will want to hire a direct mail consultant with experience in political mail.

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Tips for Digital Advertising

More and more Americans live, read, shop, communicate, even date online. So if you want to reach a large number of voters, donors, volunteers and other potential supporters, your paid media plan might need to include some form of digital advertising.

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Tips for Digital Organizing

Digital organizing can positively impact every part of your campaign, but it cannot be the only part of your campaign: it’s important, but it can’t achieve every campaign objective on its own.

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Politics the Wellstone Way

That is what Politics the Wellstone Way is about—the Wellstone model of winning elections and winning on issues, down to the nuts and bolts.

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Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way

Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way is a comprehensive guide for people running for offi ce and for those helping them.

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Tips for Surviving and Thriving as a Campaign Manager

So you’ve been hired to manage a campaign?  Your job is now to lead a team of people who stay focused on goals, follow the campaign plan, and help the candidate (or organization) be at his or her best every day.  

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Campaign Roles and Responsibilities

Every campaign role comes with different responsibilities. In many campaigns –particularly smaller, down-ballot ones – one person may hold many of these roles. 

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Tips for Earned Media

Earned media – in other words, media that is not “purchased”– is one of the most important elements of a winning progressive grassroots campaign.

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