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Political consultant, filmmaker Baughman to speak Oct. 24

Barry McNamara
MONMOUTH, Ill. – “Creative” political consultant and award-winning filmmaker Duane Baughman will visit Monmouth College Oct. 24.

Baughman will deliver a public talk at 4 p.m. in Room 276 of the Center for Science and Business. Titled “A Political Consultant’s Success: Crashing the Party with Creativity,” his talk is free and open to the public.

Baughman will also meet with students and visit political science professor Farhat Haq’s “Foreign Policy” lass, where he will discuss his film Bhutto.

“Duane Baughman is one of the most creative consultants in Democratic politics I’ve ever met,” said Monmouth political science lecturer Robin Johnson. “Rather than the tired, cookie-cutter approaches of most consultants, Duane provides innovative, attention-getting concepts to political advertising that get the voter’s attention. He’ll be sharing some of the ways he used creativity in winning campaigns and how students can sharpen their skills to become a political consultant.”

Directed and produced by Baughman, Bhutto follows the barrier-shattering life of the first woman to lead an Islamic nation. Called an “intelligent, provocative” film by The Huffington Post, Bhutto was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a prestigious Peabody Award, making Baughman the only American political consultant to win a Peabody Award. The film also earned an EPIC Award from the White House Project for its promotion of women’s rights.

Baughman oversaw 20 million pieces of mail for New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s election and re-election campaigns, and was one of only six national Democratic mail strategists hired by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to develop and execute the mail campaign responsible for winning back the Democratic majority in the U.S. House in 2006.

Baughman also managed the development of 30 million pieces of mail and a multimillion-dollar budget for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, winning a history-making 20 primaries. His mail has helped pass statewide initiatives and helped elect and re-elect Democrats at every level in every corner of California, the state in which he lives.