30 Years of Campaigns & Elections

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30 Years of Campaigns & Elections


As the new decade starts, this magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

After several ownership changes, a handful of redesigns and a name change, one thing remains the same: Campaigns & Elections' Politics magazine is still the place for political professionals to share and learn about the business.

Here's a look back at the first three decades ...

1980

* Campaigns & Elections "The Journal of Political Action" launches at the National Press Club. Founder and publisher Stanley Foster Reed says he's publishing the magazine because he "thought we could get better people involved if they knew how to enter politics."

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1983

* First Campaigns & Elections "Campaign Training Seminar and Trade Show" in Washington, D.C.

1985

* First color issue of Campaigns & Elections publishes with a redesigned cover.

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* James Dwinell buys Campaigns & Elections from Stanley Foster Reed.

1986

* Campaigns & Elections switches to bi-monthly publishing schedule.

* The magazine's slogan becomes "People, Strategies, Winning" as Campaigns & Elections' mission changes from a mostly academic publication to a magazine for the campaign professional.

* First international seminar held in Buenos Aires in November 1986.

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1987

* With 196 listings, "The Political Pages" launches as a special section.

1988

* The first "Rising Stars" are recognized. In the inaugural class: David Axelrod, Alex Castellanos, Rahm Emmanuel and Mike Murphy.

* Campaigns & Elections becomes the official publication of the American Association of Political Consultants.

* Seminars launch across the country and around the world: from Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston to Australia, Mexico, and Guatemala.

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1989

* Campaigns & Elections becomes the official publication of the International Association of Political Consultants.

1990

* The Capitol Steps help celebrate Campaigns & Elections' 10th anniversary.

* Seminars held in what had been East Germany, the Soviet Union, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. …

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