Matt Miller, writing for Politico magazine, shares his experiences running for Congress:
Campaign fundraising is a bizarre, soul-warping endeavor. You spend your time endlessly adding to lists of people who might be in a position to help. You enter them on a spreadsheet (dubbed “The Tracker”) and sort the names from high to low in terms of their giving potential. You start to think of every human being in your orbit as having a number attached to them. You book breakfasts, lunches, coffees and drinks at which you make the case for your candidacy … and ask for money. Always money. You call dozens of people a day … and ask for money. When people ask how they can help, you mostly ask them for the names of folks you can … ask for money.
I spent a good amount of time over the last few weeks helping my girlfriend support her dad's city council campaign. He organized fundraisers, went door to door, and other things in order to drum up support for his campaign. In the end, his opponent beat him by a wide margin, but it was a definite learning experience for all of us.