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How to shut down your campaign

November 08, 2018

Once the results of your race are final, all campaigns are created equal regardless of the outcome: they’re all finished.

If you won, there’s important work to do to transition your campaign into an official office and long term campaign structure. And whether you won or lost, there’s crucial work to shut your campaign down to leave staff and your candidate in strong positions for whatever comes next.

Understandably, few want to spend time and energy on operational logistics right now, but delaying this work only makes it harder. We’ve created the following checklist will help you stay organized through a thorough (and quick!) shut down or transition process.

Where do I start?

All of the following decisions should be guided by what your candidate is doing, or wants to do, next. For candidates who lost, this is harder to know specifically, and that’s okay. Your job is to give them as many options as possible.

Once you know what you’re transitioning to, the rest is straightforward.

Take care of your people.

Your staff and volunteers are what made your campaign possible, often going above and beyond for you and the candidate. Now’s the time to do the same for them.

What do I have, and where is it going?

Shutdowns or transitions are, plainly speaking, all about responsibly getting rid of things. For each of the following categories, you’ll want to start by identifying what you have, what you need to save, and how you can best get rid of what you don’t want.

Office / Physical Space

For candidates who’ve won and will be transitioning to an official office: it may be worth keeping a campaign space open and available to transition staff so they have a place to meet and work.

Budget

Compliance

Digital

Tech

Data

This is the last section, but certainly not least. Take time to go through this list and determine what applies to your campaign — once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Make a plan to download and store the following: