Vic Fingerhut Campaigns
Winning for Democrats, Labor and Other Progressive Groups
Whether it's winning an election, influencing public opinion, shaping government policy or strengthening your organization…Vic Fingerhut
A pioneer among Democratic polling and media consultants, Vic is one of the only Democratic consultants who has successfully stopped and reversed right-wing, populist movements -- such as the Democrats (at all levels) are facing in 2012.
From Vic's development of the strategy that produced the 15-point, 8-million-vote rally for Hubert Humphrey in the final three weeks of the 1968 presidential campaign...to his design of the national media campaign (TV and radio) that Newt Gingrich personally blamed for defeating his “Contract with America” ...to Vic's design of the strategy that upset four-term right-wing Prime Minister John Howard in the most recent Australian national election -- Vic Fingerhut has been on the cutting edge in understanding the fundamentals shaping the choices of voters -- particularly critical swing voters in the Western democracies.
Vic has been able to achieve these dramatic successes for progressive candidates and movements because he is one of the few Democratic polling and media consultants who knows how to undermine and re-direct the political impulses underlying right-wing populist movements.
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"Vic was and is the only Democratic strategist who knows how to reach the swing union and non-union white workers in this country."
-- Sam Dawson, former National Political Director,
United Steelworkers of America
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Besides getting over four million George Wallace voters to switch to the country's leading liberal and civil rights proponent, Hubert Humphrey, as far back as the 1968 presidential election, Vic's messaging strategy also stopped Howard Jarvis' right-wing, anti-tax, anti-government movement in California (virtually identical to today's Tea Party movement) in the landmark Proposition 9 campaign, less than two years after Jarvis had routed California progressives with his infamous Proposition 13 campaign.
In the most recent Australian federal election, Vic -- working with the Australian labour movement and the Australian Labor Party -- devised a successful message and media strategy to defeat the supposedly unbeatable right-wing Government of Prime Minister John Howard.
Vic did it by using a progressive populism to first halt, and then reverse Howard's right wing populism, which had -- up until Vic's involvement -- been successful in luring working and middle-income Australian voters to Howard's side through the use of a series of right-wing (anti-immigrant, etc.) political appeals.
You can read Vic's recent memos to the Democrats in Congress and the Obama Administration to gain some understanding of the nature of the current serious threat to the Democratic Party and all Democratic candidates this year. (Under "Vic's Latest Advisory to Democrats and Other Progressive Groups")
A highly-trained political scientist and lecturer in international politics, public opinion, and voter motivation, Vic is one of the few polling and media consultants who fully understands the underlying deeply ingrained perceptions and message formulations that push voters either to the left or right.
And whether it was helping elect the Mayor of Panama City, Panama, designing a successful campaign to modify party identifications of voters in the Canadian province of British Columbia, or working with you and your campaign, Vic's skills and analysis are clear, effective, and accessible.
You can have access to Vic's deep understanding of voter behavior to effectively structure your polling, design your winning radio and TV campaigns or help you develop and frame campaign messages that work -- in what is guaranteed to be a very difficult year for Democratic candidates.
In the meanwhile, enjoy viewing Vic's TV spots that sunk Gingrich's "Contract" and defeated right-wing Australian Prime Minister John Howard!!
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"Vic is a respected and experienced media advisor and pollster. I have always found his analysis, strategy and advice to be effective and well ahead of the curve."
-- Senator Paul Sarbanes
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"A few minutes discussing your own political situation could be both invaluable and critical in understanding what you should be doing to
maximize your vote in this very difficult political year for Democrats."
-- Bill Holayter, long-time political director of the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
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"I can't tell you how many times Vic's understanding on how to frame messages triggered Democratic rallies or turned around GOP attacks."
"Getting Dukakis to reformulate just two sentences of his over-arching campaign message -- from an ineffective "competence" theme to the
populist "which side are you on" -- shifted millions of voters and reduced Bush's margin from 16 to 6 points in less than 10 days ."
"I hope Democrats in 2010 don't tarry too long to do what Vic says in countering the serious political threat facing Democratic
candidates all over America this year!!"
"Vic is one of the few Democratic pollsters and media producers who understands and knows how to deal with right-wing populist movements."
-- Larry O'Brien, former Research Director,
Democratic National Committee