I have been a grassroots organizer for the Democrats and I suggest a follow-up piece on several implementation components of the strategy that need more work.
1) Establish transparency in financial aspects of campaigns to include, e.g., fees made to campaign managers based on ad dollars spent (talk about a disincentive to fund yard signs) and fees paid for mailing lists. (I worked diligently to add voter names to a file only to learn a private individual owned the list!)
2) Get campaigns of individual candidates to work with the party--very little list-sharing or sharing of volunteers' proprietary information--so there are multiple campaigns running in the same area.
3) Develop an architecture for data gathering so that data can be shared between campaigns and over the years.
4) Provide support for creating mailings and websites so that each group can build on a solid base rather than start fresh.
5) Our group could not figure out an economic way to have a phone or a computer. Instead, we changed phone numbers frequently as volunteers changed or had no phone. Our computer work was done on personal computers, so the effort was dependent on the availability and whims of one person. Why couldn't the party figure this out and let us purchase phones and computers and software through a nation wide buying plan?
6) Set up a target for election day and work backwards to figure out how to make it happen.
Aug 8 2007 - 6:46pm