Oct 5 2017
Flippable, focused on helping Democrats win state legislative elections, sees promise in Virginia races that will happen next month. The group cites Democratic energy in recent local elections that they hope will propel liberals to victory in the gubernatorial and other state elections. “What’s really exciting about Virginia is the Democrats’ ability to win these races despite being outspent by the GOP,” said Catherine Vaughan, cofounder and CEO of Flippable. “We’re hopeful that this is a sign of what’s to come in November.”
Sep 27 2017
Since Election Day, a handful of organizations have successfully put energy towards building an online presence in order to get citizens to take action. As voters, especially younger voters, spend more time online, these organizations are leveraging the benefits of the online world to make tangible change. Their objectives? To flip local elections, increase candidate transparency, and provide actionable opportunities to anyone who wants to get involved.
Sep 25 2017
"When Republicans gain power at the state level, one of the first things they do is threaten voting rights. They make registration and voting harder for young people and people of color. Voting rights continue to be a major battlefield for civil rights -- and the way we fight this battle is by registering and voting for Democrats at the local, state, and national level."
-Catherine Vaughan, CEO and Co-Founder, Flippable
Jul 18 2017
In her effort to unseat a popular incumbent who is seeking his 14th term in office, the former reporter for the Gainesville Times has launched an aggressive campaign since she prevailed in the Democratic primary last month, knocking on voters’ doors each week in search of support this November. [...] Flippable, the New York political consulting firm that has targeted Virginia as a place to win more Democratic seats, donated $10,000.
Jul 18 2017
The newly minted Democratic nominees in the county’s contested House races — Districts 2, 13, 31, 40, 50 and 51 — managed to raise nearly $196,000 from June 2 to June 30. By contrast, the six Republicans in those races pulled in a total of just over $104,000 in the same period. The result is notable because all but one of the Republicans are incumbents, and the Democrats have managed to continue out-raising their GOP counterparts even after the June 13 primary winnowed the field dramatically.
Jun 20 2017
It's an investment in the so-called resistance -- groups that launched after the election of President Trump... Swing Left wants to flip 64 House seats from red to blue. Flippable and Sister District aim to do the same in state races. Indivisible Project made a 27-page manual of strategies for local advocacy. Town Hall Project is all about helping you engage with your representatives IRL. The common thread is using technology to mobilize progressives -- many of whom have never been politically active.
Apr 24 2017
Finally, and perhaps most importantly: money. Wired magazine reported this month that the resistance is “weaponizing data” with the emergence of a new nonprofit, crowdsourcing fund-raising tool called Flippable. It was founded by “three former Hillary Clinton campaign staffers” and pinpoints “which districts it believes are the most competitive for Democrats (the most ‘flippable’)” and allows donors to target those districts.
Apr 19 2017
flippable has been gaining traction as an indispensable resource to local elections; it connects candidates with volunteers and donors and uses data science and targeting to figure out the best ways of pulling off a political upset.
Apr 18 2017
flippable has emerged as one of the darlings of the movement, founded on the conviction that progressives need to pick their battles wisely—that is, where the data tells them they have the best chance of winning.
Apr 14 2017
“We are very metrics-driven and focused on two things. What level of engagement can we drive to these races? By channeling the excitement of liberals into certain races, can we move the needle? Attributing wins is difficult, but we have a mindset on, is this working? Is this effective?” Vaughan told TechCrunch.
Apr 14 2017
A new group, flippable — founded the day after Trump’s win by Clinton campaign staffers in Ohio — is working to drive donations and volunteers from around the country to competitive down-ballot races. This week, the group launched a political action committee aimed at raising $125,000 by mid-June to help Virginia Democratic candidates viewed as likely to “flip” Republican seats.
Apr 13 2017
flippable, which raises money for state legislative races, and the Sister District Project, which helps activists from liberal enclaves connect with competitive contests elsewhere, teamed up to funnel $145,000 to Delaware state senate candidate Stephanie Hansen, whose victory in a February special election preserved Democrats' control of the chamber.
Apr 13 2017
But another flippable candidate, environmental attorney Stephanie Hansen, won a special election in Delaware in February that enabled Democrats to retain control of the state senate.
Apr 6 2017
The new chairman has personally met with representatives of MoveOn.org, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and "flippable," a new group focused on state legislative and gubernatorial races.
Mar 15 2017
So far flippable has participated in three special elections, helping Stephanie Hansen keep the Delaware statehouse blue, and while they weren't as successful in Virginia, they made the races much closer than they'd ever been and built a base of devoted volunteers ready to act in future races. Their next big test is the special election to replace former congressman and now Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia, in which they're supporting Jon Ossoff.
Mar 13 2017
Already, the organization is seeing results: During the state senate race in Delaware, Flippable directed more than $100,000 in donations to help get Democrat Stephanie Hansen elected. “That’s the perfect example of the kind of organization we want to help,” Gupta says.
Mar 8 2017
Here's the idea behind organizations like flippable: If you're a Democratic Party voter in a politically "safe" district, your donations and phone calls might not make a difference. But they might in a close, key race, like Hansen's. Had she lost, Republicans would have broken the Democrats' complete hold on state government.
Mar 4 2017
The firm’s engineers are still working on that model, but if you ask Raser-Schramm, they already demonstrated their ability to organize a nationwide progressive network around a winnable state legislative election. He credited flippable with spurring the tremendous surge in grassroots fundraising and volunteering that he said was unlike anything he had seen in 14 years in Delaware politics.
Mar 1 2017
As the first truly close special election for Democrats since Trump's election — and one that could have switched control of the Delaware state house if Hansen lost — it became a trial ground for the tactics these groups are using to get activists involved in elections.
"Stephanie didn't have to fundraise," says Raser-Schramm. Unlike many candidates, "she didn't spend much time on fundraising calls. She was out knocking on doors from 11 AM until dark."
Feb 16 2017
A big focus for many Democrats is rebuilding state legislatures dominated heavily by Republicans, with an eye to the redrawing of district lines that will take place following the 2020 census.
That’s prompted the web startup flippable to mobilize Democrats to “flip” state legislative seats from red to blue. The group has netted about $180,000 since its mid-November launch, in donations averaging $24 apiece. Flippable organizers put a grand total of $100 into Facebook ads, but otherwise raised the money entirely by word of mouth.
Feb 14 2017
Ever heard the phrase “All politics are local”? That’s the premise of flippable, a campaign to “flip” Republican-controlled states by zeroing in on local races where a Democrat has the potential to win an upcoming election.
Feb 12 2017
Their ultimate goal is to build a data model that will show people how "flippable" a given district is - that is, how competitive could a campaign there be between a Democrat and a Republican. Currently, they're tracking all 7,400 state legislative races that are coming up.
Feb 8 2017
Flippable wants to make state legislative races sexy. It's a tall order, but comes as Democrats everywhere put renewed emphasis and resources into flipping statehouses ahead of congressional redistricting in 2020. The app's founders are developing a statistical model to anticipate which state legislative districts are the most "flippable" and important, and have already funneled $135,000 for four candidates they've endorsed in upcoming special elections - a significant sum in low-spending state legislative races.
Jan 6 2017
Chris Walsh of Flippable sees now as a time for Democrats and progressives to reorient their priorities. "The most shocking thing to us has been how willing people have been to think about things outside of just the national landscape. We're pretty focused. We're doing the state legislatures, cheap seats — take back our country through winning elections."
Dec 7 2016
The group says the election taught them that in order to make a change in the political landscape they need to be more focused. So Vaughan brought in several experts in statistics and analytics to help them best target races they could flip.
Dec 5 2016
It's a simple but elusive combination that flippable hopes to achieve: information, and action. And with Democrats reeling from the election, Vaughan and her like-minded teammates weren't about to wait for the fervor to die down. The startup is by Democrats, for Democrats, with a focus on the growing tide of voter suppression laws.
Dec 1 2016
The Clinton staffers formed a nonprofit called flippable in the wake of their party’s crushing losses in November, in order to inform and organize Democrats around state and local races. They are hoping to win back some of the more than 1,000 seats in state legislatures that Democrats have lost around the country since 2010 and to reclaim U.S. House and Senate seats they’ve ceded to Republicans as well.