We here at Vote for Hillary Online have mentioned this a few times before, but I don't think we spent enough time focusing on this specific grassroots tactic. This is something we like to call Mission: Bumper sticker.
Everyone knows that putting your candidate's bumper sticker on your car is a good way to spread the word and get the name recognition out there. Btw, if you haven't done this by now, shame on you. One thing that isn't done so often though is putting bumper stickers on cars besides yours. Now, I understand this is a very controversial topic and there has been a lot of debate on this among the grassroots supporters. However, it is the opinion of Vote for Hillary Online, that despite some issues a few of you may have with this, it's actually a very effective way to increase exposure.
I'm going to address a few concerns:
- It damages private property. This is absolutely false. It's a sticker and it can be pulled off just as easily as it was put on.
- People will be turned off if they feel the message is forced. Again, in our experience this hasn't been found to be true. For every one jerk that doesn't appreciate us putting a Hillary bumper sticker on his car, there are 99 other people who realize that politics plays a very important role in sustaining freedom and prosperity in America.
Here are some tips:
1. You want to go to a highly concentrated parking lot where new cars are constantly coming in. Think Wal-Mart. You can get a lot more cars done in a smaller amount of time in this environment.
2. Bring your kids with you. This is something I learned a long time ago in previous campaigns. When I would do this alone, people looked at me with suspicion - some even thought I was up to no good. When you have your kids there with you, it puts people at ease and portrays a more positive image not only to yourself, but the grassroots Hillary campaign.
3. Place the bumper stickers on each car very quickly, you don't want to be crouched down next to someone's car for very long. We had a guy in Indiana who had a bad back, so he had to take his time with crouching down and placing the bumper stickers. What happened was, this car owner arrived and got in his car without even seeing the grassroots campaigner and almost ran him over. We don't want to have any accidents out there, please be safe. The last thing we need is another negative headline involving the Hillary Clinton campaign.
4. Don't stay in one area. You don't want to have your individual grassroots effort limited to one very small geographical region. What some supporters have suggested is changing what parking lot you go to every 3 days.
5. Most important: Have fun. We're all doing this because we want to take back America but let's not forget that if we're not having fun, we probably won't do a good job.
Hopefully I've covered all the bases here but if I've left something out, please shoot us an e-mail. I look forward to seeing all those bumper stickers out there!
Edit: A commenter has suggested that this may actually be illegal in some states. Please check the laws in your state before proceeding with this grassroots tactic.