Political fundraising event ideas

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Political fundraising event ideas
Host a bull roast or other social event to raise political funds. (Venison roast with roasted potatos image by Elzbieta Sekowska from Fotolia.com)

Political figures and their supporters raise money for their campaigns by sponsoring various fundraisers. Beyond soliciting donations by mail, over the phone, through e-mail and online, political figures hold fundraising events that give them an opportunity to discuss their political platform with a large group of attendees while, of course, raising funds.

80s Prom

An 80s prom is fun way to gather area residents to raise money for a local political candidate. Sell tickets in advance and secure sponsorships from local businesses who want to donate food, equipment and services. Host the event at local venue such as a town hall, reception hall or restaurant. Offer raffle tickets for guests and give away 80s-inspired prizes like Rubik's cubes, My Little Pony toys and bobble heads of political figures from the 80s. Send guest home with popular 80s candies, like Bit O Honeys, Pixy Sticks and Fun Dip.

Art Auction

Request artwork from local artists to auction off during a political fundraising event. Find a spacious venue with adequate wall space where artists' creations can be prominently displayed for attendees to see. Serve light refreshments and cocktails for this event. Charge attendees for tickets to attend the show. This type of event will not only benefit the politician, but will also help local artists promote their work and secure future sales.

Wine Tasting

Set up a wine-tasting event coupled with a cooking demonstration at a local restaurant. Invite guests to attend this semi-formal affair with their spouses, family, friends and business colleagues. Organise the event as a networking hour for business and community members to come together and share food, cocktails and conversation. Encourage attendees to bring their business cards.

Pet Wash and Brush

Set up a pet wash service during the summer and spring months where residents can bring their animals to get cleaned. Charge depending on the size of the dog and add a charge for extra services like breath freshener, special conditioners, bows, bow ties and bandannas. Have political candidates help wash the dogs and greet customers.


Host a bingo night and invite community members out for a night of games. Set up a children's bingo game on-site for parents who bring their children along. Instead of cash prizes, give away gift cards to local restaurants and stores, as well as free services from local vendors. Charge attendees to play, as well as for food, beverages and snacks.

Bull Roast

Host a community bull roast at a local park and invite residents to bring their families for a day of food and games. Charge discounted rates for child and group tickets. Include pit beef, potato salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, ham and an assortment of vegetables, fruits and desserts.

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