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Statement: Children win with House passage of historic Build Back Better agenda

| November 19, 2021 |

In response to today’s passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda by the House of Representatives, First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley issued the


Putting Kids in the Policy Agenda, Not Just the Sales-Pitch

| December 5, 2014 |

Just before Thanksgiving, the Denver Post ran an op-ed by two senior political strategists, Hank Brown and Barry Jackson, that looked at first as


Huddle Sneak Peek, Part 2

| September 30, 2014 |

POLITICO Huddle Newsletter The children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children is poised to release its 2014 list of “Champions and Defenders” of


Nonprofit Campaign Planning Made Even Easier

| August 18, 2014 |

Eight years ago, I led a research effort at Spitfire Strategies that informed the development of the Just Enough Planning Guide. That tool –


Advocates, Leave the Naysaying to the Naysayers

| May 6, 2014 |

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize, so it’s no surprise that he knows a thing or two about communications. His column today was nominally about party politics, but the same lesson is also important for kids’ advocates: if you want to win, drop the pessimism.


Ted Cruz is Right

| March 25, 2014 |

I don’t often agree with Senator Ted Cruz, which is why I didn’t rush to watch his CPAC address. But when I heard he’d led off by challenging the audience to stand on principle, I decided to watch the video. I’m glad I did, because from the perspective of children’s advocacy communications, Ted Cruz is right.

Some housekeeping details first. No, I don’t agree that the President is siphoning hope out of America. And no, I don’t think Senator Bob Dole and Senator John McCain are empty suits.


Children’s Advocacy Group Honors Sens. Blumenthal, Murphy

| December 26, 2013 |

Weston Daily Voice The First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy group, has recognized U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal as a “Champion


National Children’s Advocacy Group Recognizes Hirono As ‘Champion’ for Keiki

| December 12, 2013 |

Honolulu Civil Beat Hawaii’s Sen. Mazie Hirono is one of 100 members of Congress being recognized today by the Campaign for Children for their


Hanna Named ‘Champion For Children’

| December 12, 2013 |

WBIX 950AM Representative Richard Hanna has been named a 2013 ‘Champion for Children’ by the First Focus Campaign for Children. First Focus chose Hanna


Payne Recognized As A “Defender Of Children”

| December 12, 2013 |

News Record (New Jersey) Today, the First Focus Campaign for Children, a national bipartisan children’s advocacy group, recognized Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. as