Peeking behind the curtain at the AAPC Conference

I recently attended a Regional Conference of the AAPC (American Association of Political ConAAPC Logosultants). I had signed up for a webinar the week before on doing Political Voice-Overs, and one of the participants in the webinar had talked about the AAPC as being a source of information and contacts. I checked out their website, and saw that there was a conference just about to happen in Philadelphia. So, I signed up.

It was interesting. It was a little smaller than I expected, maybe 80 or so political operatives in attendance. I mingled. I schmoozed. I networked, and met some really interesting people, some of which might lead to potential business doing political voice overs. But the most interesting thing was the experience of being there and hearing what the issues of interest were for people in that industry. It was sort of like peeking behind the scenes and seeing “how the sausage was made.”

The topics covered a range as wide as the” latest technologies in voter tracking and customized message delivery,” to how the Citizens United ruling was beginning to drive money down to even Municipal elections.

The speakers were all excellent, and a convivial group. Some of them were also Corporate Consultants to the largest companies in the world, and work on elections internationally as well. One thing I noticed, that emerged as a pattern as they each introduced themselves, was that they were by-and-large Partisan. They were either Democrats or Republicans. Left or right. There were a “few” that were somewhat agnostic, and didn’t seemed too concerned about which side of the fence they played. They reminded me of that parody song from many years ago from the political satirist, Tom Lehrer about Werner Von Braun (https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V7me25aNtI), “Vonce ze rockets go up who cares vere zay come down. Zat’s not my department, says Werner Von Braun.” They saw themselves are hired guns.

The rest played for one team on the other. A number of them talked about getting into politics accidentally, and not being even sure of what “brand” they favored… but after a few weeks they realized, “I’m a Democrat, or Republican, or Liberal, or Conservative! One of the “hired guns” said, “at the end of the day, it’s all about winning… and I love to win!” I could see a few of the partisans on the panel shaking their heads. In response, one them said, “yes, it’s about winning… but I believe that there’s a social impact to what I do. That’s what I’m passionate about. Yes, it’s about winning, and on Election Day there’s an unambiguous outcome to your plans and strategies. But what winning means to me is that what I believe in has a chance to impact society.”

I found that message compelling. It resonated. I’m  a “Left of Center” Progressive Liberal. I couldn’t do a Voice Over for a Conservative that was promoting their voting record with the NRA (even though I own a couple of handguns), or railed against the “immigrant horde” or “gay agenda.” “Those” people are my friends. My family.

I believe in Single Payer Healthcare and cheap access to higher education. I think the banking meltdown a few years back was a criminal act, legalized by a cowardly congress that didn’t have the nerve to pursue indictments. I support legislation that funds programs that support the poor, and provides more opportunity for people to move up the economic ladder… even if that money comes from higher taxes on the wealthy.

Hmmm…. maybe part of this comes out of my experience of being a child of a single parent household… and the struggles I witnessed my mother go through after being widowed at 37 with me and my two sisters to care for.

OK you Leftist Democrats… if you need a strong, authoritative, trusted voice to sell your Agenda… call me! :>)

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