Advance Praise

“You may not know the names Pat Stryker and Tim Gill, but you should. They are the deep-pocket Democrats who led the left’s takeover of the center-right Rocky Mountain state. They and their team developed, funded, and executed a political strategy that undid a decade of Republican domination of Colorado politics and which is now being franchised across the country. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Rob Witwer and Adam Schrager’s book is all the intelligence every conservative needs on how to match and defeat such plans. They have reverse engineered “the blueprint” so everyone can learn the tactics and the strategy of The Blueprint. If you care about the country and are involved at any level with politics, and especially if you are alarmed at the leftward lurch of the early Obama era, you need to read The Blueprint.”

—Hugh Hewitt,

Nationally syndicated radio host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show”

“[The Blueprint] is the first and only comprehensive book on how the Colorado political climate has turned from right-wing red to a progressive shade of blue. A must-read for every American who wishes to understand the art of building power at the state and local levels.”

—Michael Huttner,
Founder and CEO of ProgressNow

“If you want to know what’s really happening at the cutting edge of campaigns and elections, read this book. The Blueprint is more than just an entertaining look behind the scenes of one of the most effective machines in American political history. It’s a wake-up call for national Republicans to study, learn, and react to the lessons of Colorado.”

—Bill Owens,

Former governor of Colorado (R)

“Building political infrastructure isn’t sexy work, but it’s how elections are won. The Blueprint is an essential, behind-the-scenes take on how Colorado progressives built the institutions to turn a red state blue, and political junkies will revel in Witwer and Schrager’s unique access to how it happened.”

—Adam Bonin,

Daily Kos blogger and chairman of the board of directors of Netroots Nation

“If you want to know why conservatives and Republicans are losing the current issues debate and recent elections to liberals and Democrats, read The Blueprint. If you want to know the solution, read it carefully.”

—Ben Ginsberg,
National counsel to the Bush-Cheney campaign (2000, 2004)

“Machiavelli lives! A compelling history of a political revolution where winning is everything and there is no moral bottom line. Are there any ethical standards in US politics? God save the Republic.”

—Richard D. Lamm,
Former governor of Colorado (D)

“In the last few years, Colorado Democrats learned the oldest lesson in the political playbook: that when you combine a voter backlash with field organizing and a huge amount of cash, you can win elections. In The Blueprint, Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer have meticulously documented the ensuing tension between the genuinely exciting possibilities of grassroots progressive politics—and the simultaneously depressing problems that result when a handful of rich donors use millions of dollars to commandeer a political party.”

—David Sirota,

Nationally syndicated columnist, author, and radio host

“Our lives and communities are shaped by political choices, and this fascinating book shows how a hidden world of interest groups, wealthy individuals, and activists shape these choices. Although campaign finance laws were supposed to clean up politics, The Blueprint shows how they have had just the opposite effect. If you care about the direction our country is taking, this book is essential reading.”

—M. Todd Henderson,

Professor of law, University of Chicago Law School

“Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer have written an engaging and important book. It will be in high demand by folks ranging from political junkies and strategists to students and anyone interested in a great combination of political insight and entertainment. Readers will learn about the power of money—how the “big four” (Tim Gill, Jared Polis, Rutt Bridges, and Pat Stryker) and others helped bankroll multiple groups and campaigns which then worked in coordinated fashion with one purpose in mind—namely, to produce Democratic winners. They’ll see what the combination of good political instinct, smart organization, and technology can do. And they’ll read about hapless Republicans who, after decades of enjoying the throne, were outspent, outfoxed, and left to wonder why so many voters no longer loved them.”

—John Straayer,

Professor of political science, Colorado State University