Wednesday, August 10, 2016

No Advertising. No Ground Game. Where is all of Trump's Money Going?

by Michael Strickland

Donald Trump has a ton of money, and he’s not spending it on ads. He’s not spending it on building a field campaign. So the logical question becomes: what is he doing with all that money? 

It is awfully late to get a field campaign running. It takes time building up the strength necessary for boots on the ground to translate into electoral success. 

Whether Trump or whoever wants to admit it or not, using big data to help you with these efforts is essential, if not required.


Check out this story: Clinton campaign outspending Trump on ads $52 million to zero.
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has now spent $52 million on ads, and pro-Clinton outside groups have chipped in an additional $39 million, according to ad-spending data from Advertising Analytics.By comparison, the Trump campaign itself has spent $0, with pro-Trump outside groups adding $8 million over the airwaves.
Further, this Washington Post article provides insight into what the Trump ground game looked like for the primaries ... Trump has at times disparaged the data-driven field campaign, the focal point in modern elections, notably thanks to Obama’s impeccable data-mining techniques. Thus,  it should not be surprising that Trump’s ground gave has yet to reach anything close to rivaling Clinton’s.
Donald Trump still hasn’t figured out the ground game.

According to a campaign official, it's a function of enthusiastic volunteers -- volunteers filling a vacuum left by the Trump campaign's non-existent outreach operation on the ground in the region. 
It's not clear where Trump's team is running anything of any scale. The campaign continues to trail Hillary Clinton's staff head-count by a wide margin. Trump has regularly argued that his low spending on staff saves him money, but organizing in battleground states requires staff in those states. The internet allows campaigns to coordinate phone calling remotely, but no one has yet figured out how to knock on a voter's door over the web. Volunteers can run phone banks or precinct walks, but relying on unpaid staff to do that effectively is risky.

What's more, field is not that easy. It takes months of voter targeting and outreach, building up volunteer efforts on the ground and figuring out who you want to talk to, when, and what you want to say. It requires figuring out how you can help seniors to the polls and where and when to offer literature or sales pitches to wavering voters. It's not the sort of thing that you cobble together in a week. It's the sort of thing that professional campaigns looking at November have already started working on.  
Nevertheless, this brings up a compelling issue. After a noteworthy fundraising disadvantage, the Trump campaign has taken great efforts to advertise his fundraising hauls of the last couple months. Read these articles: Trump campaign hauls $80 million in July, closing gap with Clinton andTrump beats expectations, raises $51 million with GOP in June.
So I ask again. What is he doing with all that money?
Blogger "Hunter" puts the issue succinctly.
Perhaps he doesn't intend to spend any of those campaign donations on ads—or anything else. Perhaps someone has let him in on the grandest grift of all time: After your supporters willingly give you their money, you don't have to give it back.
Here is a statistic that should raise a few eyebrows: The campaign of the long-shot Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, has spent $189,000 more on TV advertising for the general election than the Republican nominee. Trump is also being out-spent by the campaign of the Libertarian candidate, according to a report from NBC News. Gary Johnson has outspent Trump by $15,000. Why so close? Because Johnson has spent almost nothing — just $15,000 in total. And Trump has spent exactly nothing.

We know from what few FEC filings there have been, that Trump the Presidential candidate has already been a cash cow for Trump the real-estate mogul. He is already up $6 million.
Through the end of May, Trump’s campaign had plunged at least $6.2 million back into Trump corporate products and services, a review of Federal Election Commission filings shows. That’s about 10% of his total campaign expenditures.
Even $4.7 million the campaign has spent on hats and T-shirts has a tie to Trump. The provider, Ace Specialties, is owned by a board member of son Eric Trump’s charitable foundation.
Finally, connections have been raised, so one has to ask: Is any of this American campaign money going to Russia?
So, yes, it’s true that Trump has failed to land a business venture inside Russia. But the real truth is that, as major banks in America stopped lending him money following his many bankruptcies, the Trump organization was forced to seek financing from non-traditional institutions. Several had direct ties to Russian financial interests in ways that have raised eyebrows. What’s more, several of Trump’s senior advisors have business ties to Russia or its satellite politicians.
“The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive,” Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.”
What’s more, three of Trump’s top advisors all have extensive financial and business ties to Russian financiers, wrote Boot, the former editor of the Op Ed page of the Wall Street Journal and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Of the past 20 presidential nominees, 19 made their tax returns public. Nearly all of them did it about 200 days before the election. Now, the question for Trump becomes, what are you hiding?
TV ads get more expensive the closer we get to elections. That’s why many groups reserve air time well in advance, to lock in the lower rates. Despite the reports that Trump’s campaign has so far spent $0, there is little signal that they have otherwise reserved any airtime.

Even if Trump is considering all the free airtime that the news channels give him, as many people speculate, it still leaves a powerful vacuum for Clinton and her allies to shape the message being disseminated to the people. While Trump has to grapple with the middle-men of news pundits, oftentimes with agendas of their own, Clinton gets to directly utilize a directed messaging campaign, likely vetted by focus groups for maximum impact.
All of this, added together points to a Trump as terrible executive of his Presidential campaign. One can imagine what it translates to as what kind of executive he would be if he actually made it into the White House. A picture that emerges is of a person singularly unfit to be President, at best. At worst, we are witnessing massive fraud in reality-show format.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Musicians Blast Donald Trump for Unauthorized Use of Their Songs

Donald is supposed to be the kind of businessman who is awrae of and who protects property rights. But the following list of tweets shows otherwise.

Back on May 5 an article called 6 Times Famous Rockers Told Donald Trump, Stop Using Our Music! appeared on Alternet.

Queen, the Rolling Stones, Adele, and Aerosmith are among the musicians who have asked Trump to stop using their music

There are many artists who have told Donald Trump to stop playing their music at presidential rallies and events affiliated with his campaign. Trump typically uses white classic rock bands at his rallies.  There is a running list of said artists who’ve publicly requested that the Republican nominee stops using their work. And the list keeps getting longer.

When the house band at the Republican National Convention played “Here Comes The Sun” as Ivanka Trump walked on stage, the estate of late Beatle George Harrison was not happy about it.


“When Donald started running for office, he asked me, he called me and said 'Can I use the song?' Dee Snider of Twisted Sister told CNN. "And he's a buddy. And I said, 'Yeah. Go ahead.' But as the months went on, I heard a litany of his beliefs that I'd never discussed with him. I finally called him and I said, 'Man, you've gotta stop using the song. People think I'm endorsing you here. I can't get behind a lot of what you're saying.' And that night. He has not used it since.”

According to NBC, The widow of Luciano Pavarotti spoke out: “As members of his immediate family, we would like to recall that the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the world view offered by the candidate Donald Trump."

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Notes Sources and Resources For Tracing Tracy's Success Principles by Troy McClain

Introduction
A journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step, or so the saying goes. As my team reviewed this manuscript and helped it roll toward publication, I found myself cherishing every step on my road to health, wealth and happiness.  I’m feeling uniquely blessed to have connected with world-renowned success trainer, Brian Tracy, who celebrates the human potential for greatness and teaches principles that anyone can learn. 
 I’ve done so many things in my life and business, but several years ago, I started to manifest a particular and profound spirit for deep investment and great reward.  The words and works of Brian Tracy came racing into my life, delivering those feelings to me in the deepest and most rewarding way I could imagine. I’ve seen that same thing happen with other highly successful people. They all describe great leaders. These shining lights help us be around, support, and enjoy people, resources and ideas that lead to abundance.
You will notice that the chapters in this book are intentionally short. Remember, five minutes to learn, a lifetime to master. You are receiving incredibly powerful information.  Manifest the secrets of a true success master into your life as others have been magnetically attracted to GIN (Global Information Network) and Tracy’s principles through our concentrated vibration.
Just reading, being exposed to and considering Tracy’s Success Principles is going to change you forever.  This especially hit me at a Platinum and Leadership Reception one starry evening. We were standing there holding hands, hugging, and celebrating life, love, and values. As I Reflected on all of this, I recalled that success is only a decision away. We are not stuck with those who do not see our potential, those who do not support us, those who abuse us. We know through our GIN training that our DNA does not determine our success. Our birth family is of our DNA but CANNOT determine the course of our lives unless we allow them to. Success is a decision. I know that now, more than at any time in my life.
As Tracy says in his blog, “How To Be Successful: Take Action Today,” Remember, it doesn’t matter where you’re coming from; all that really matters is where you’re going. And where you’re going is only limited by your imagination.
You are reading this book. That means you have made the conscious decision that the information in your life will positively contribute to your success.  Utilize the start of this beautiful journey to ignite your mastery of success principles.  The key factor is to practice every day, consistently. This process is better known as “Due Diligence,” and the tools to make that happen are built inside us.
Many have told me that their experience with these lessons was not one of motivational  hype but authentic “Energy.”  These principles align with our GIN curriculum, which is an Energy movement that impacts people on a cellular level.  It gets into their DNA to such a degree that they can “Feel the Difference.”
Who is Brian Tracy?
Brian Tracy is the Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.
Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.
Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 speeches and seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and 70 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.
Tracy has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top-selling author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.
He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 28 languages.
He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.
Prior to founding his company, Brian Tracy International, Tracy was the Chief Operating Officer of a $265 million dollar development company. He has had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development and syndication, and importation, distribution and management consulting. He has conducted high level consulting assignments with several billion-dollar plus corporations in strategic planning and organizational development.
Tracy has traveled and worked in over 107 countries on six continents and speaks four languages. He is happily married and has four children. Tracy is also active in the community and national affairs, and is the President of three companies headquartered in Solana Beach, California. Read more about Brian Tracy at his website, briantracy.com.
Now is the time to plug in and get your dreams, desires and goals “Recharged.” The chapters ahead manifest energy so strong and powerful -- moving with such force -- that it is unstoppable.
Here are notes, references and further resources about the book.

Monday, June 27, 2016

5 Reasons Donald Trump Scares Republicans


If you are as curious as I am about the rise of Donald Trump, it should be no wonder that many on the right are up in arms about The Donald. Having written several times about Trump since the early days of the campaign, I can now give a brief overview of why he is ruffling so many feathers in traditional GOP circles:

1) He supports eminent domain. Eminent domain is an absolute necessity,” said Donald Trump during the Feb. 6 2016 Republican presidential debate. “Without it,” he claimed, “you wouldn’t have roads, you wouldn’t have hospitals, you wouldn’t have anything. You wouldn’t have schools, you wouldn’t have bridges. You need eminent domain.”

2) He is toxic.  The latest high- ranking defection from a supporter who has typically gone all-out for the party is George F. Will. The a conservative columnist and prominent Republican pundit for the past 40 years, said he has left the Republican Party because Donald J. Trump is the party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

In an interview with PJ Media, Will said he had recently switched his party registration to unaffiliated. Republicans should “grit their teeth” during a Hillary Clinton presidency and then hope to beat her in 2020, he contends.

“This is not my party,” Mr. Will said in a June 24 speech at the Federalist Society before the PJ Media interview.

Even far-right members of Congress, including Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho, who has a near perfect rating on the Conservative Review Scorecard, have their criticisms: “I will not stand idly by listening to a person attacking the integrity of a judge because of their ethnicity,” he said at a monthly news conference he holds with a group of his fellow conservatives in the House of Representatives. “That is absolutely morally abhorrent.”

No one expects Republicans to carry the Hispanic vote since Democrats have dominated it for decades, winning at least 56 percent in each of the past nine presidential elections, according to CNN. "Still, the share of the vote that the GOP nominee claims matters a great deal: Every Republican over that time who has won at least a third of the Hispanic vote has won the presidency — Ronald Reagan won 35 percent and 37 percent, respectively, in his two victories, and George W. Bush won 35 percent and 40 percent in his two bids. Only George H.W. Bush in 1988 won less than a third (30 percent) but still carried the day."

"Unlike a presidential primary, in which Trump can go from state to state appealing only to his populist conservative base, he now has to run a national campaign against a single opponent in an election in which more than 125 million Americans are likely to cast ballots," says columnist Ben Jacobs. "Trump has to build an organisation capable not just of turning out the true believers wearing his trademark Make America Great Again hats, but also swing voters. For all his appeal, Trump still had great difficulty winning a majority of the vote in competitive Republican primaries, and faces a far bigger challenge winning a majority in a general electorate, of which roughly 30% of voters will be members of minority groups."

3) He could ruin the upcoming GOP convention. Prominent conservatives, including Utah Rep. Mia Love, are sitting out the Republican convention. "I don't see any upsides to it," Love told reporter Matt Canham. "I don't see how this benefits the state."

She's the only member of Utah's 40-person delegation to back out of the convention, though others are considering it, largely over opposition to Trump, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox previously said: "I have not been supportive of Mr. Trump, and I'm not really excited to go back to a convention that's centered around him. ... There's a chance I don't go."

4) He is a big fan of government power. "But on issue after issue, Trump vows to use government as a tool to improve the lot of his supporters, and address their anxieties," columnist Yoni Applebaum wrote on Mar. 30, 2016.  "He’d interfere in free markets, imposing tariffs to punish companies that move factories offshore, and countries with abusive trade practices. He’s pledged to preserve Social Security. He’s proposed, at various times, registering Muslims and banning them from entering the country."

5) Donald Trump is scary. He's unpredicatable and uncontrolled. Rutgers University Political Science Professor Dr. Elizabeth Hull said to NewsOne that GOP hostility towards its frontrunner stems from him pulling the mask off the party and his constant boastings about not being funded by Super PACs or big donors, unlike his rivals:

“The Republican Party fears Trump for two reasons: One, his bigotry and bald-faced racism expose the Party for what it’s become ever since adopting its Southern Strategy in 1968; since then, it has demonized every group other than its own right-of-center White constituency; and Two, Trump can’t be controlled by the corporate interests that have successfully pulled the strings on virtually every other GOP office-holder.“

Can you imagine the ultraconservative billionaire GOP donor Koch brothers turning for Hillary Clinton? The Koch family is an American family engaged in business and philanthropy, most noted for their political activities and control of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the United States (with 2013 revenues of $115 billion).

Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, today commonly referred to as the Koch brothers — and the only two of Fred Koch's four sons still with Koch Industries — are affiliated with the Koch family foundations. They have also founded and funded a number of conservative and libertarian political organizations. Charles Koch told ABC News that it’s “possible” Clinton would make a better president than Trump. A spokesman for the brothers declined to rule out the possibility of backing the former secretary of state, though he implicitly criticized both her campaign and Trump’s..


EXTRAS:

Conservative commentator Erick Erickson, founder of Red State and a well-known Christian and political voice, also held little back, imploring Christians to be ashamed of the Dobson story, Deseret News reported.

 "So let’s get this straight. Less than a week ago, evangelicals meet with Trump and, after much criticism for the embrace some gave him, someone told James Dobson who told the media that Trump found Jesus recently," Erickson wrote. "I thought he was a Christian last year." And he wasn't done there. "If you are a Christian and do not have a sense of shame over this story, you should. This is shameful and embarrassing," Erickson continued. "It is made more embarrassing that someone would take advantage of an 80-year-old James Dobson."

UPDATE 7/21/2016

Donald Trump was furious. Melania Trump was humiliated. And the campaign, which had appeared to be on the path to becoming a more organized, disciplined operation, was back on its heels, dealing with swirling accusations and internal finger-pointing that yielded no real answers about what happened, according to CNN. The uproar was yet another unsettling episode for the Trump campaign at a time when many top donors are closely watching Trump and his operation to determine whether it is worth their investment this fall.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

AXS CEO Troy McClain Reveals His Real Feelings About Donald Trump

We were able to attend a recent sit down with AXS CEO Troy McClain in his Boise office. A reporter asked: What is it about the guy? That has these, as you said, ten million Americans voting for him (probably more than that, after he becomes the nominee)? What is it about Trump?

Below are Troy's words:


So, everyone wants to know what I feel about Trump. Troy on Trump. What’s the truth? Here it is. First, I want to bring Trump to Idaho. I really do. I've been actively reaching out to his campaign, I've been actively reaching out, and I want to be the one that says, “We’re bringing Trump here”. Everybody asks what it is about Trump. Why do people resonate with him? And I really believe it's because strong leadership.

Whether you agree or disagree, you have to agree that he's a strong leader. You could agree with his politics or you could disagree with his politics. You can have more questions, but we’re looking  for leadership. And in times of lack of leadership, we gravitate towards leadership. I've done it you've done it. We've all done it. And I try to instead of saying what it is, let's say what it's not. I don't believe either party is slapping their hands together, rubbing them and saying “ Mwahaha, I can't wait to destroy the world!”. I don't think the Clintons are doing it. I don't think Mr. Trump’s doing it. So if we can agree to take that off the table, what I do think that is they each believe they’re doing what's right for their country. Whether I agree or disagree with them is another thing. Mr trump I believe is leading because he's a leader and he's b been a leader. And were all right now.

As a small business owner, I'm frustrated. As a small business entrepreneur, that is a job creator, I'm disenchanted, I'm disenchanted with the things that I hear. And what I'm not disenchanted with is Mr. Trump. I don't always agree with what he says or how he says it, but I sure do agree that he knows how to lead. And ten million other people agree with me as well. If anybody can unite the parties, even, I've heard you say it on the news as a matter of fact.

One thing that, Mr. Trump, you have to give him credit for, he did unite the right and left. They all tried to pool up against him. For the first time, someone’s united the right and left against a common cause! But what the common cause? The common  cause that they were united against, is the  want to get rid of the non-politician. Well, why do you want to get rid of the non-politician? What is it that you don’t want us to know? What is it that you don’t want us to see? So I think the attraction to Trump is the leadership. I think the attraction to trump is the fact that he is not a politician. He’s unapologetic for his comment. He s unapologetic, for his quotes. He’s not guarding his words. It feels right. Even though you might not agree with it you go “ at least he’s gonna tell the truth.”
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Friday, June 10, 2016

You Too Can Be A Celebrity: Let Me Help You Publish a Book



Imagine your first book signing. Throngs of fans clamoring to hear more about you, your journey and your work.
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I look forward to discussing this with you further.
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Mayors of Ada Cities Endorse TJ Thomson for County Commissioner

Posted by Michael Strickland

I have supported TJ Thomson for many years and have always enjoyed my interactions with him. He is a solid, knowledgeable leader. 


That is why I am not suprised that the mayors of Meridian, Kuna, and Garden City threw their support behind TJ Thomson today in his bid to become the next Ada County Commissioner. Joe Stear, Mayor of Kuna, Tammy de Weerd, Mayor of Meridian, and John Evans, Mayor of Garden City, announced on Thursday that they’ll serve as honorary co-chairs in Thomson’s effort to be Ada County’s next County Commissioner.

Stand with the mayors and show your support with a contribution of $25, $50, or $100 to help elect TJ in November.

“Choosing the right candidates to represent our residents is critical,” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd. “I support TJ Thomson for Ada County Commissioner because of his knowledge and experience, as well as his fresh ideas, perspectives, and willingness to work with the cities on all issues. TJ’s focus on transparency and ethics is something all Ada County residents will benefit from.”

Read my first blog about TJ from 2009.

“No one will work harder for you,” echoed Kuna Mayor Joe Stear, citing Thomson’s track record on the Boise City Council, professionalism and vision for the future.

“TJ has a thorough understanding of the issues our county faces; he’s committed to ethical and transparent government,” Evans said. “He offers common sense solutions to the difficult challenges before us and will repair the strained relationships between our cities and the county, bringing us together to create and support good-paying jobs for citizens.”

Help ensure that TJ has the chance to prove the mayors right with a contribution of $25, $50, or $100 or whatever you can afford.