Fight for a Better America & Partner Media Highlights

Fight in the SD Union Tribune:

"Flip the 49th has added structure compared to previous efforts, said Tazheen Nizam, who volunteered for Democratic candidates during the last two congressional races. Previously, a hodgepodge of groups worked alongside each other and often overlapped their efforts, she said. “It was amateurish,” Nizam said. “We were organizations, but we were not professionals. I have a full-time job, a kid and a family. We were just amateurs.

Now, groups meet monthly and there is a team that goes to neighborhoods with a list of addresses they should visit… “If there’s not some infrastructure there to support them, some paid staff, you really can’t get a lot done,” Montanari said. “We can hire people who can do some heavy lifting and the volunteers can get out and do what they want to do.

The leap in organization is, in part, due to money. Federal Election Commission records show that Flip the 49th received $25,000 from Fight for a Better America, the political-action committee in Manhattan."


Flip the 49th in the SF Chronicle:

"The most significant endorsement that Democrat Mike Levin received en route to a runoff spot in a California House district that his party would love to flip didn’t come from a big-name politician, he said. It came from grassroots activists who held 67 demonstrations in front of retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa’s office during the past year."

 NJ11 for Change in the NYTimes:

"One of my favorite parts of the [political "how to"] guide is the story of a lawyer named Saily Avelenda who lives in north-central New Jersey. Shortly after Trump’s election, Avelenda formed a group of progressives whose mission was to keep their congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen, accountable.

The group started small, meeting in a coffee shop and on Facebook. But it stayed focused and committed to a clear strategy. It courted Republican voters as well as Democrats. It showed up at Frelinghuysen’s office, even in the rain. It repeatedly highlighted the fact that he had voted last year to take health insurance away from many of his own constituents. The organizing evidently worked. In January, with Frelinghuysen’s approval ratings way down, he announced he wouldn’t seek re-election." 


Working America in the Washington Post:

“Persuasion can work in partisan general elections when campaigns use experiments to identify persuadable voters and remove voters that react negatively to their messages.

For example, Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, conducted experiments in 2016 that found surprising pockets of voters persuaded by their messages. It then targeted these voters more intensively going forward, and stopped talking to the voters who reacted negatively.

It’s a powerful approach. From validation studies, we estimate that Working America’s changed targeting generated many thousands of additional votes. These votes would have taken many millions of dollars to capture with other tactics.”

 Additional Selected Press

Flip the 49th Neighbors in Action:

‘Don’t Run This Year’: The Perils for Republican Women Facing a Flood of Resistance (NY Times, August ‘18)

A changing electorate has pushed Republicans out of this Assembly district (LA Times, July '18)

How anti-Trump activists shaped Democratic wins in California (SF Chronicle, June '18)

California Democrats agree they have too many candidates for Congress. What to do about them is the problem (LA Times, Feb '18)

Happy First Issa-versary: 49 Weeks of Protests in the 49th Congressional District (SD Free Press, Dec. '17)

Anti-Issa effort discloses donors: Leo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Ted Danson and more (SD Tribune, Dec '17)

Weekly Issa protests get professional backup, congressman's camp says there's dark money behind it (SD Tribune, Nov '17)

Democrats trying to turn Orange County blue, one house at a time (SF Chronicle, Sep '17) 

Video: Darrell Issa's late health care vote riles up California voters (CNN, May '17)


NJ11 for Change:

All press coverage here, below are selected

“This is What We Were Worried About”: Kavanaugh, Trump and the Swift Boating of the Supreme Court (Vanity Fair, October ‘18)

How to Participate in Politics (NY Times July ‘18)

Group In NJ-11 Praises High Voter Turnout In Primary Election (Patch, July '18)

Video: New Jersey protesters see victory in Frelinghuysen retirement (Rachel Maddow: Jan '18)

Frelinghuysen's departure highlights GOP's troubles in New Jersey (Politico, Jan '18)

Rewards for Frelinghuysen's deal with the devil: Disgrace, retirement | Moran (, Jan '18)

This New Jersey House Race Is Scary for the GOP (Bloomberg, Nov '17)

A Surge of Anti-Trump Volunteers Floods Governors Campaigns (NY Times, Oct '17)

Tele-Town Halls Help Members of Congress Screen Their Constituents (New Yorker, July '17)