POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS and ADVISORY
IT STARTED IN APRIL 1997 WITH A SYNDICATED WOOLF EDITORIAL CARTOON WHICH LANDED ON THE DESK of U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, who was the subject. A phone call to Marie from Hatch's press secretary, Paul Smith, asking for a signed print for the senator began an unlikely friendship that has lasted to this day.
Senator Hatch accepted an invitation, extended by Marie on behalf of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, to keynote the major Saturday night event at the organization's 1997 national convention in Orlando, two months later. From there, the conversations led to projects for the senator including all aspects of campaign branding, design, writing and ultimately serving as creative and Internet director for his presidential primary campaign in 1999 and successful U.S. Senate reëlection campaign in 2000. The campaign set a record for online donations in the incipient days of Internet campaigning, leading to contributing two chapters and cover design for The Political Consultants’ Online Fundraising Primer (The George Washington University, 2004).
Since 1999, Marie's campaign and advisory work has continued through woolfmedia (.net).
In 2001, Marie and Internet entrepreneur, CEO and social activist Steve Rosenbaum launched Politikos, an interactive, customizable website and online fundraising/contribution reporting offering at the leading cusp of Internet politics. With Senator Hatch's open endorsement, Marie, who is politically unaffiliated, spent time with Senators Joe Biden, Max Cleland of Georgia, Gordon Smith of Oregon, and then-Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie in Washington, D.C. Interest quickly expanded to Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, mayoral candidates in Seattle, and issues campaigns in California. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 occurred only six weeks after Marie's meetings at the Capitol. She cherishes the inscribed books authored by the senators, and their personal notes, from those experiences.
Woolf and Rosenbaum enjoyed using Abraham Lincoln as their "winning candidate." The presentation holds up remarkably well, 19 years later.