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dacoyle
11-05-2005, 08:53 PM
I've hesitated talking about this online, but I know some of the INETPUB regulars have often wondered about the extent of my volunteering my professional skills. Just wanted to post that I am NOT a pushover. One candidate found himself without a webmaster 3 weeks before the general election. He pushed me too far and I felt like he was taking advantage. Wasn't pretty, but my timing should be a clear signal of how I felt.

In the last 7 years, I figure I've donated somewhere between $250,000 to $500,000 of my professional time to a couple nonprofits and about a half dozen political candidates. I think that shows my 1) dedication to the cause and 2) my level of professionalism. All I ask is that layout is mostly my decision and the ONLY benefit I get is listing the sites on my resume. If the client insists on crap, I can't list on my resume... and can't do it for free.

The candidate is running for re-election unopposed so I didn't do him any harm, though his campaign manager also attacked my integrity. Haven't gotten any feedback so doubt they're smearing me, but I have no regrets. This almost happened a few months ago so it was really no surprise.

The great news is, the election is in 3 days!!! And it's unlikely there will be any candidates asking for my help next year. There will only be 2 local races and the incumbents haven't asked for my help in the past. I think I'm going to take a year off from politics and donate some time to my partners job. He has a new event planning job and after finishing a very successful AIDS Walk here in DC, he's now planning Capital Pride 2006 (http://www.capitalpride.org/flash/index.html). That link is NOT my work, obviously. When I get started on it, the first step is getting rid of all Flash. Dave hates the site as much as I do, so we're basically going to gut it and start over.

Non profits are a more satisfying volunteer activity for me, but I'll probably do campaigns again after a year off. Just never, ever, ever 5 at the same time. This year was totally crazy.

George
11-06-2005, 04:05 AM
Dennis,

Actually I don't think any explanation is necessary. It's a free country. Donate all you want.

Regards,

George

ktinkel
11-06-2005, 08:56 AM
All I ask is that layout is mostly my decision and the ONLY benefit I get is listing the sites on my resume. If the client insists on crap, I can't list on my resume... and can't do it for free. … I'll probably do campaigns again after a year off. Just never, ever, ever 5 at the same time. This year was totally crazy.It sounded a bit like that from your casual comments — congrats on getting through it all, and on firing your client.

I too do some political work, usually for print. This year I helped the Dems produce newspaper ads and postcards. But as you know well, political groups want help but also want to control things, and it can be very tiring.

(The craziest thing in our town: the Dems and Republicans used the identical blue and similar sans-serif type for their yard signs. What a colossal waste of money!)

dacoyle
11-06-2005, 09:04 AM
Kathleen,

I know a couple graphic artists that do Dem work and they're as popular as I am.

Blue is a very common campaign color, though around here we have more diversity in signage. Though most are obviously not professionally designed. My guys all have very effective signage. The problems are the opponents. I know of at least two candidates that have signs that are very hard to read during the day (yellow print on white for one...) and virtually disappear at night.

Dennis

ktinkel
11-06-2005, 11:30 AM
I know of at least two candidates that have signs that are very hard to read during the day (yellow print on white for one...) and virtually disappear at night.Brilliant! May such judgment always afflict the opposition! <g>

PeterArnel
11-06-2005, 12:05 PM
I got involved with Politics some years ago - and had enough very quickly - it wasnt the opposition that was the problem - it was always our own lot.
In the UK if you can get the people out to vote for you who say they will - you will win
Peter
In simple terms of course

dacoyle
11-06-2005, 01:58 PM
Brilliant! May such judgment always afflict the opposition! <g>

Obviously, those campaigns didn't attract the professionals like us that would have spotted the problems right off.