Posts Tagged 'Forbes'

Mounting Chatter that Victory is ‘Inevitable’ Could Boomerang Against Obama

This blog post first appeared on Forbes.com

It seems that most pollsters, pundits and many media outlets are declaring the Presidential election preordained. According to them, the election isn’t over, but show time has been set, and the fat lady is in rehearsal. This “inevitability” theme is actually an influence tactic that I believe could backfire by motivating Romney’s supporters and Romney himself.

It’s a tactic that basically equates “big” with victory. I’ve written extensively about why it’s good to be ...

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What Joe Ricketts is Doing Right with His Super PAC

This blog post first appeared on Forbes.com

Another super PAC contribution is drawing attention, this one via Joe Ricketts, the founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade, Inc. His family also owns the Chicago Cubs.

He not only is planning to contribute huge sums (over $18 million planned for 2011-2012) but he has taken the initiative to establish his own Super PAC, complete with staff and his personal oversight.

As I wrote in my last post, there is a right way and ...

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Wielding Influence: How Scotts Miracle-Gro Got It Right With Super PAC Donation

This blog post first appeared on Forbes.com

In June, Scotts Miracle-Gro contributed $200,000.00 to the Restore Our Future super PAC supporting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Corporate executive giving to super PACs isn’t news, but it is news when a consumer goods company with a prominent brand does so with corporate treasury dollars; most corporate donations to super PACs are from privately held entities.

My understanding is that thus far, they have not witnessed angry citizens storming their offices with pitchforks ...

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Big Business Does Best In Washington When It Plays The Underdog

This blog post first appeared on Forbes.com

In my work helping large for-profit (and non-profit) organizations maximize their political influence, I’ve repeatedly witnessed powerful legislators make decisions based partly on the merits of a decision, and partly on the messenger. And when the messenger is a small business owner or principal, they are a mighty messenger. It’s an article of faith that helping “the little guy,” in this case small businesses, makes them feel better about themselves, as it should. ...

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