Robert Kaplan political campaign, ballot measure, and fundraising papers
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- Kaplan, Robert (Person)
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Robert Kaplan is known internationally for his skills as a campaign, communications and fundraising consultant and advisor. Clients have included initiative campaigns, political action committees, special interest groups, trade associations, not-for-profit organizations and foundations, candidates and independent expenditure efforts. Kaplan is widely viewed as an expert in these areas. Kaplan has planned, designed, positioned, directed and executed more than 250 fundraising and capital campaigns, grassroots, voter outreach and other communications programs for a variety of interests. His experience includes more than 30 statewide initiative campaigns.
Honored as the "2008 Fundraiser of the Year" by the American Association of Political Consultants, Kaplan has also been named a "Rising Star," "Mover & Shaker" and "America's Hottest Fund Raiser" by Campaigns & Elections magazine. Kaplan's work has won numerous Pollie Awards (the political consulting worlds' equivalent of the Oscars) and he was also named to the 2010 Aristotle National Campaign Dream Team.
Robert Kaplan has worked with public and private sector groups and clients on a wide range of issues, including renewable energy, environmental preservation and natural resources management, public safety, transportation, public school finance, public employee pensions, land-use, auto and health insurance, public-private partnerships and capital campaigns for the construction of buildings and public parks.
Kaplan has been published more than a dozen times and is a frequent speaker at conferences, training programs and other community events. His activities and clients span the United States, Israel, Mexico, Canada and the former Soviet Union. In 1990 Kaplan was among the first twelve American political consultants invited to the former Soviet Union to train government and party officials on the role of politics and political campaigns in building a democratic government.
Following a degree in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley, Kaplan was awarded a CORO Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs. He then completed his Fellowship and studies in Public Policy at the Claremont Graduate School.
Kaplan spent more than a decade as a Director of the American Association of Political Consultants where, as Chair of both its 2008 and 2009 National Pollie Awards Conferences, he reworked their programs and awards. Kaplan was a member of the Board of the CORO Foundation of Southern California, the Board of Hillel at UCLA and on the United Jewish Appeal National Leadership Cabinet representing the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Robert was instrumental in the creation of, and serves as a Co-Chair of, the Los Angeles Political Roast benefiting the American Diabetes Association.
Kaplan began his political, public affairs and fundraising career in 1966 at the ripe age of 9 when he was dragged by his older brother Allan to "volunteer" for a California State Assembly campaign. Robert was the youngest envelope stuffing, precinct walking, lawn sign planting and telephone soliciting for votes and money volunteer on that campaign, which set the stage for a lifetime of activities devoted to public and community service.
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