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Thursday, October 13, 2005


So you probably send a few dollars a year to, or volunteer with, a consumer group, environmental lobby, labor union, the ACLU, NARAL, or some other activist group to work to protect your rights, health, living, environment, etc. You read the political news in the paper about what Congress is doing, watch the West Wing with interest, hear about local political campaigns, or at least try to be an informed voter.

But what really makes things happen? How is public policy really made and campaigns won? Are some of our political figures really as zany as they seem or as programmed by staff? Let's take an inside look into one professional's experience in election and issue campaigns, nonprofit policy advocacy, organizing and communications, and government. No promises, just insight.