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Former Obama campaign advisor training unions behind closed doors in Canada

A former top campaign advisor for President Barack Obama is training unions behind closed doors in Canada.

Mitch Stewart, who acted as the Battleground States Director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and is now working with the “Ready for Hillary” Super PAC (political action committee) devoted to electing Hillary Clinton in 2016 if she were to run, gave private briefings and workshops to Canadian union organizers last Thursday — a day before the Broadbent Institute ‘Progress Summit’ for political action officially kicked off at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

While Stewart would not give in-depth details about his presentation, he did say he touched base on the lessons learned from the Obama campaigns.

“We talked about the lessons that we learned on the Obama campaign of running an effective campaign, running an effective organization, talking about setting goals, what are the strategies that can help you achieve those goals, and then what are the tactics that can help your strategy achieve those goals, giving some real-world examples and then workshopping a little bit with some Canadian specific examples,” he told The Hill Times.

He continued, “We’ll talk a lot this afternoon about relationship building, telling the story itself, narrative building, we’ll talk a lot about goal setting, and kind of melding the relationship-building aspects of the campaign with the cold, hard data and analytics of a campaign and how you employ the organization to help you achieve goals that the data and analytics inform.”

Stewart also served as the Director of Organizing for America, the former community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) founded after Obama was first elected. Later, he founded 270 Strategies, a consulting firm that includes other former members of the Obama team such as Jeremy Bird, Mark Beatty, and Betsy Hoover.

The Broadbent Summit included panels on building a green economy, indigenous rights, income inequality, and winning progressive campaigns in the United States and Canada. It attracted the likes of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Panels were moderated by Susan Delacourt of The Toronto Star, Canadian Press bureau chief Heather Scoffield, and Maclean’s magazine columnist Paul Wells.

Ed Broadbent, a Canadian social democratic politician and founder of the Broadbent Institute, hosted the conference. The Broadbent Institute was founded in 2011 to act as a vehicle for social democratic and progressive academics and to train activists.

Joe Schoffstall

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  • Mark

    Training activists? Morons…

  • tgcrawford

    Yes, strategies. Like the strategy of “encouraging” (paying) people to vote twice in different states. (North Carolina has uncovered 37,000 such cases, which equates to FRAUD, CONSPIRACY. Funny how the media continues to just casually ignore. Progressive motto has always been: “any means to achieve the goal”. This guy is really a piece of work.

  • NaturalRenegede

    He tells then it takes lots of cigarettes and beer to get the Obama supporters to the polls. Food is optional.

  • Debra

    Will we ever be free of the scourge of this president?

  • dogger

    New people to check out and discredit: Jeremy Bird, Mark Beatty, Besty Hoover and Mitch Stewart. Basicall these are communist organizers who should be living in a nice country like Venezuela if they want to practice their brand of politics.

  • sly311

    And they’re all such trainable seals aren’t they?

  • Martin Cohen

    This is good. Unions are the main protection against big business.