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Nominate a Rising Star of 2009

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, March 23, 2009

Do you know an oustanding political professional who is quickly rising through hard work, skill and talent?  Then nominate them to be a Campaign and Elections magazine "Rising Star of 2009:"

Each year, Campaigns & Elections magazine selects its Rising Stars of politics. We will feature the Rising Stars of 2009 in our June issue and also at our 26th Annual Campaign Training Seminar, The Art of Political Campaigning, in Washington, D.C., on June 12.
Campaigns & Elections Rising Stars were first recognized in 1988 and have gone on to serve in the highest levels of government and political consulting.  Rising Stars are people under age 35 who are beginning to make their mark in political consulting or advocacy. Qualifications can include managing a winning campaign that their candidate was expected to lose, or excellence working on direct mail, polling, get-out-the-vote operations, fund raising and media, among others. Elected officials will not be considered.
We will choose 10 Republicans, 10 Democrats and 10 independent, nonpartisan or non-American nominees. 
To submit a nominee, return this form COMPLETELY filled out, with the accompanying picture. Please be specific as to why this person should be a Rising Star. E-mail completed forms to
Nominations are due April 10th and we'll keep you updated when the post their Rising Stars of 2009.
Campaigns and Elections magazine is a great resource for political professionals and they provide discounts for members of Democratic GAIN!  We encourage all GAIN members to check them out and nominate a Rising Star.

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Interesting articles on new (and diverse) talent in the Obama Administration

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, March 23, 2009
Hey all - I just came across a couple of great articles that talk about some of the great (and diverse) talent that has come to town with the new administration. We wish them all the best in their new leadership roles!

Washington’s New Black Pack: Ten to watch in Mr. Obama’s Washington.

'Obama Women' Take Hold in Washington Politics: Seven of about three dozen senior positions on President Obama's team are filled by African American women--part of the evolution of their power in the business world, in academia and in policy circles.

Tags:  diversity  news  Obama 

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Poll to Help Our Profession

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I am posting to help get the word out about a survey that the AAPC is conducting to gather information about our profession.  Please take 2 minutes today to help them put together valuable information that will help our profession (the deadline is Monday, February 23rd).

Click here to participate in the survey.

This survey is directed at political consultants who worked in the last cycle and seeks to gage what we are learning about the very nature of the business ourselves. It will take you a few minutes to complete and will give us valuable information to begin to tell the world about the changing nature of political professionals. Please note that your answers will be kept strictly confidential, all responses will only be reported in the aggregate, and your name will never be used.  Individuals will go through a very, very brief "about you" question page to determine if they are eligible to complete the rest of the survey. 

Results of the survey will be released at the 2009 AAPC Pollie Awards Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. at the Gaylord Hotel &Spa March 27th 28th and 29th.  (Don't forget that GAIN members get a discount to attend!)

Tags:  AAPC  poll  profession 

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New Media Opportunities in Administration

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Looking for an opportunity in New Media?  This opportunity just came in from NOI through email:

Friends --


I'm working with Macon Phillips who runs New Media at the White House to recruit individuals for the new media director positions for the federal agencies.  Below is a basic job description for the positions, although they will vary depending on the agency.  If you are interested, please email your resume and describe your skills and areas of interest (energy, defense, etc.) to and put "Administration" in the subject line.  All submissions will be kept confidential.

If you are a former OFA staffer, we have your info and are working on placements.  If you submitted your information previously through, please note that in your email. 


New Media Director of an Agency

The New Media Director of an Agency of the Executive branch will work closely with the Communications Team within the agency to:

  • Coordinate written, video, design, and development content
  • Update, maintain, coordinate and develop web site, e-mail, various online social platform outreach, video, and other new media initiatives
  • Get copy & messaging communications cleared by appropriate staff, and other departments if applicable
  • Direct the schedule, timing and overall strategy of online program
  • Liaison with other functional areas of the Department/Agency to better integrate online programming
  • Investigate ways in which the agency can use new media tools to broaden and strengthen the agency's reach and presence

The New Media Director will be responsible for:

  • All new media communications, including but not limited to content, functionality, scheduling and execution
  • Maintaining the agency's agenda and message
  • Managing other new media staff
  • The overall technical performance, maintenance, and development of websites outreach platforms
  • Working closely with the technical team to maintain best practice sites, security, and performance
  • Interpreting and reporting various site statistics on a regular basis, and using these results to improve traffic and the effectiveness of the agency's content and outreach efforts

Job Requirements:

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Technical proficiency in day-to-day site administration or design and experience in getting results through vendors or contractors
  • Ability to manage multiple people and projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and superior attention to detail
  • Experience with online content and constituent management systems, understanding of online graphics and design, and knowledge of web analytics software and metrics
  • Experience with web programming languages and development

Tags:  administration  job seeking 

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White House Internship Program

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hey everyone - I know many of you are still looking to get your foot in the door with the Administration. I just received the below press release about the White House Internship Program and the fact that now through March 22, they are accepting applications for the summer of 2009.

Good luck!


Subject: White House Internship Program
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 12:26:01 -0500

February 26, 2009

President Obama today launched the White House Internship Program for his administration and announced that applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2009. Those selected to participate in the program will gain valuable job experience and an inside look at the life of White House staff while building leadership skills.

"This program will mentor and cultivate young leaders of today and tomorrow and I'm proud that they will have this opportunity to serve," said President Obama. "I look forward to working with those that are selected to participate and I want to commend all who apply for their desire to help through public service to forge a brighter future for our country."

In addition to normal office duties, interns will supplement their learning experience by attending a weekly lecture series hosted by senior White House staff, help at White House social events, and volunteer in community service projects.

The 2009 Summer Internship program runs from May 22 to August 14, and the submission deadline is March 22, 2009.

Those interested in applying to the White House Internship Program must be:

  • U.S. Citizens
  • Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship
  • Enrolled in a college or university (2-4 year institution) or must have graduated from college in the past two years

Interns will be placed in a departmental office for their internship. Below is a list of departments in the Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President where interns could be placed.

  • White House Department of Scheduling and Advance
  • The Office of Cabinet Affairs
  • The White House Communications Department
  • The White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • The Office of the First Lady
  • The White House Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA)
  • The Office of Political Affairs
  • The Office of Management and Administration
  • The Office of White House Counsel
  • The Domestic Policy Council
  • The White House Office of Presidential Personnel
  • Office of the Vice President

More information on the White House Internship Program, including application instructions, can be found at:

THE WHITE HOUSE, February 26, 2009.

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Don't Mess with Texas!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Monday, March 2, 2009
Well, all I have to say is I'm glad I flew down!  Austin, one of my favorite cities, played host last Thursday to one heckofa party.  The Political Networking Happy Hour was filled to capacity - almost to the point where the bar was nervous that the fire marshals might come and break up the festivities.  Fortunately for all, that did not happen and attendees were free to chat, laugh and network.  From Jim Hightower to Kinky Friedman, from Rep. Mark Strama to the newest members of the political profession, the Democratic GAIN Networking Happy Hour was THE place to be!

I'd like to thank our huge list of hosts, who not only helped cover the food costs but who got the word out so successfully.  The full list is at the bottom of this post.

I'd especially like to give a great big shout out to Beth Hernandez, Jenn Char, Rob Henson, Drew Dupuy and the Texas Democratic Party for going above and beyond to not only make this event happen, but make it such a huge success!

I heard all night how pleased everyone was with the diversity and range of the attendees.  It wasn't just the "same old crowd" and everyone really felt they were able to meet a lot of great folks they wouldn't have been able to connect with anywhere else. 

Again, thank you to everyone who both attended and helped.  Let me know if you're up for another one - I certainly don't need my arm twisted!

The list of hosts to whom Democratic GAIN is grateful:
Along with:
As well as candidates: 

Tags:  austin  happy hour  networking 

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Thank you New York!

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Question:  What does 5 days notice + 8 great organizations + 1 rainy Sunday afternoon equal?  Answer:  A fantastic Political Networking Happy Hour in NYC!

The Political Networking Happy Hour this past Sunday in NYC was such a success that I forgot to take pictures I was talking so much! 

Democratic GAIN would like to thank our co-sponsors:  DL21C, the NY Chapter of Drinking Liberally, the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee, the New York State Young Democrats, the Manhattan Young Democrats, the New York Democratic Lawyers Council and Latina PAC for all their hard work in putting together this great event.

We had over 150 political professionals join us along with representatives from Rep. Rangel, Rep. Weiner, Rep. Maloney and Rep. Nadler’s offices, folks from the NY State Party (including the State Chair, June O’Neill), the Democratic State Senate Majority office, candidates for City Council, State Comptroller and more! 

I hope everyone who joined us had as much fun as I did!

We are hoping to do another one soon, so keep checking the calendar.

Tags:  Event  Happy Hour  Networking  New York 

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From the White House

Posted By Seth Tanner, Thursday, February 12, 2009
An update on the political appointment process.
We're happy to announce that the jobs application feature is now live on The Jobs Application feature enables people everywhere to apply to be considered for a political appointment in President Obama's Administration. You can get to it by clicking on the "Jobs" link at the very bottom of each of the pages on

That link will take you to a page which tells you a little bit more about the application process, with a a button at the bottom marked, "Begin Application Form." That’s where you fill out your information, upload a resume, and tell us what kinds of positions you’re interested in. But a quick heads up – you have to complete the application in one session, and it’s going to take you about 15 minutes to do it. So before you start, you might want to print the Paper Application, gather up the information you’ll need, then sign back in.

We’re looking to fill several thousand politically appointed positions in the Executive Branch. We’re already interviewing for many of the upper level positions, but will be reviewing applications and making decisions on appointments over the next few months. Remember, the jobs application is just for politically appointed positions in the Executive Branch of the government. These are positions that serve at the pleasure of the President and so are by definition temporary, not permanent. We have received more than 350,000 applications to date for several thousand positions; the selection process is very competitive and rigorous. For more information on these types of appointments, click on the Executive Branch link on the "Our Government" page of, or check out the Plum Book. (We also encourage you to look at the many thousands of permanent career positions with the government. Go to for more information and to fill out an application.)

Tags:  administration  jobs  white house 

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Colorado Is Blue!

Posted By Darcy Anton, Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2009

On Tuesday, February 10th, Democratic GAIN teamed up with America Votes Colorado, the Tyson Organization, and Dr. Angie Paccione to host another political networking Happy Hour in Denver, CO at the Red Room Restaurant.

The event turned out to be a huge hit (as well as the 2 for 1 Happy Hour specials!) Representatives from Congressman Perlmutter and Congresswoman DeGette's offices were mingling around with the 80-90 guests, which included representatives from the ACLU, Work for Progress, Democracia USA, the Colorado Democratic Party, ACORN, Media Matters, the Sierra Club, local unions, progressive advocacy organizations, consulting firms, and campaign workers.

There was no shortage of business card exchanging and connection-making, or talk about Colorado's exciting 2010 election cycle, including the Gubernatorial and Senate elections.

Democratic GAIN would like to extend a special 'Thank You!' to America Votes Colorado, Gerry Tyson and the Tyson Organization, Dr. Angie Paccione, and the Red Room for their help in this wonderful event. Also huge thanks go out to Adam Dunstone without whom we could not have done this!

Be sure to check back for upcoming events near you!

Tags:  Colorado  Happy hour  networking 

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NOI Opportunity: Progressive Movement Crash Course

Posted By Nikki Enfield, Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Here is an excellent opportunity from NOI:

2008 exposed an entire generation of progressives to organizing for the first time.
Many of us are already intimately familiar with the moving pieces of the progressive movement. But 2008's new recruits are still looking at its machinery from the outside.
That's why NOI is holding a Progressive Movement Crash Course for these newcomers in Washington, DC -- it's an intensive, day-long introduction to the world of progressive organizing -- labor, advocacy, non-profits, philanthropy, and more!
I'm sure you know at least one talented organizer who could use a thorough introduction to the progressive community.
Can you forward this email to your friends about attending the Progressive Movement Crash Course on Thursday, February 26th?
Here are the details:

Progressive Movement Crash Course
AFL-CIO Headquarters
815 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20006 Google Map

Thursday, February 26th
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Tags:  networking  organizing  training 

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