Business By Carlson: A Quarterly Report

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Business by Carlson: A Quarterly Report.

The Business of Politics:  How Innovations in Campaign Financing, Operations, and Strategy Are Changing Our Elections and Our Democracy

Presented by Carlson School of Management and Tunheim 

Date: Wednesday, October 12

Carlson School of Management
1925 4th Street S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

10am – 11am    Registration and Networking
11am – 12pm  Panel Discussion

Tickets: Complimentary
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Spending on US federal, state, and local elections in 2016 may top $7 billion. And much of it will go to thousands of campaign organizations that emerge, scale up, raise and spend thousands to millions of dollars during the primary and general election seasons, and then disappear after the victory and concession speeches conclude.  Campaign organizations are here today and gone tomorrow, but when they’re here they’re big business changing the course of elections and, maybe, our democracy.

Listen to WCCO AM Radio’s Business by Carlson Quarterly Report with WCCO’s Dave Lee* and the University of Minnesota’s Paul Vaaler** on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 11am-12noon to find out how the business of politics and elections matters for you and your community. Dave and Paul will break down the issues around innovations in campaign funding and operations with a panel of experts from the industry and the University of Minnesota.


About Tunheim:
Tunheim is in the business of Rethinking. Business today is changing faster than fast. What happened yesterday could easily impact your business today or tomorrow. So thinking — and Rethinking — about your business needs to happen faster, too. For 25 years, organizations have trusted Tunheim to develop and lead their communications strategy. Since opening our doors in 1990, Tunheim has grown to become one of the most respected strategic communications firms in the United States. Tunheim is a certified woman-owned business and partner in IPREX, the second largest independent agency network in the world. Our team are experts at helping clients assess challenges and opportunities and developing thought-provoking strategies to position organizations for long-term success.


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Meet the Panel:

About Paul Vaaler:
Associate Professor, Department of Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Paul M. Vaaler is the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law & Business, a joint appointment of the University of Minnesota’s Law School and Carlson School of Management.  Paul teaches and writes on topics at the intersection of law and business with a special interest in how both affect economic growth and poverty alleviation in the developing world.  An award-winning teacher, Paul also consults with firms, government agencies and international organizations, including the World Bank where he has helped develop programs to increase venture investment by migrant diaspora groups in less-developed countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Paul is a native Minnesotan. Following his graduation from Carleton College, he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.  After getting his J.D. from Harvard Law School, Paul practiced law in Minneapolis.  He then took his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School, and taught at Tufts University and the University of Illinois before returning to the University of Minnesota in 2007. Paul comments on current business issues each Wednesday morning with Dave Lee on WCCO Radio.

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Darin Broton, Senior Consultant
darrin Business By Carlson: A Quarterly ReportA veteran of public affairs and political campaigns, Darin Broton leads Tunheim’s public affairs practice and specializes in issues management, strategic alliances, advocacy campaigns and strategic communications.

Darin’s work for Tunheim clients has included developing and implementing national and local media strategies, managing advocacy campaigns and conducting public opinion research.

Coming from the world of campaigns and politics, he has a unique understanding of how targeted and provocative communications can influence public policy. Some of his current and past clients include Nestlé Waters North America, the National Center for Victims of Crime, T. Boone Pickens, the Minnesota Hospital Association and Anheuser Busch.

Prior to joining Tunheim, Darin held several positions with elected officials, political campaigns and branches of government, including U.S. Congressman Bill Luther, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Minnesota Senate.

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