California Fair Share

A grassroots campaign to make sure everyone gets a fair shot, pays their fair share and plays by the same rules

Our history

Our History

Fair Share was founded in 2007 as Progressive Future to promote progressive values through grassroots action. During the 2008 and 2010 elections, we ran large-scale voter education and mobilization campaigns that helped elect President Obama, and registered 500,000 new voters. In 2011, we changed  our name to Fair Share and refocused our organizing on Americans who share our commitment to  economic fairness but do not necessarily identify as progressive. Last year, newly-rebranded as Fair Share, we worked in 11 states to educate and mobilize voters to re-elect President Obama and other champions for economic fairness. And we increased our investment in issue campaigns to leverage the power we built during the elections to make policy changes.

Our 2012 Accomplishments

Over the last year, Fair Share has launched a number of successful electoral and issue campaigns, strengthening and building the organization. We:

  • Ran a 16-state campaign to build support for the American Jobs Act. We knocked on over 400,000 doors, held more than 175,000 conversations about the importance of passing this legislation, and generated over 35,000 postcards in support of the Act.
  • Worked in partnership with SEIU in Colorado’s 6th congressional district to run a grassroots accountability campaign on the jobs track record of Congressman Mike Coffman. Colorado Fair Share organized events, knocked on over 45,000 doors, spoke with 20,000 people, and trained over 150 volunteer activists who now act as grassroots messengers on the campaign.
  • Collected the lion’s share of over 180,000 signatures to qualify the successful anti-Citizens United initiative for the November ballot in Colorado. It passed with 74% support.
  • Ran a highly targeted door-to-door campaign in 8 states across the country in order to re-elect President Obama, elect candidates who will stand for a fair economy, and educate voters about important issues such as the need for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
  • Placed organizers in 16 states covering 19 congressional districts to help win an extension of middle class tax cuts during the fiscal cliff debate.
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