About The Fairness Project
With so many working people in America being left behind in an economy that is fundamentally stacked against them, The Fairness Project, a 501(c)(4), incubates and provides sustained technical assistance to state- and city-based ballot initiative campaigns. The Fairness Project puts political power directly into the hands of voters to enact the economic policies they want and need.
The Fairness Project, which operates with a multi-million dollar budget, provides funding directly to ballot initiative campaigns, but unlike many other organizations it, goes beyond financial support to provide ongoing services that give these campaigns the cutting edge tools to build broad grassroots support and ensure success on Election Day. Services include digital outreach and social media, data and analytics, strategic planning and advice, opinion research, media support, and national campaign coordination.
In 2016, The Fairness Project partnered with ballot initiative campaigns to raise the minimum wage and, in some states, require employers to provide paid sick leave. All four initiatives that appeared on the ballot this Election Day were approved by voters, raising wages for more than 2 million working Americans and passing paid sick days for 1.9 million. Combined with earlier campaign victories in Washington D.C. and California, The Fairness Project harnessed the power of ballot initiatives to raise the wage for roughly 8 million workers and their families in 2016. In 2017 The Fairness Project supported a ballot initiative in Maine to expand Medicaid for 70,000 Mainers.
In future campaign cycles, The Fairness Project will work with state- and city-level partners to support more measures in states and cities across the country to address other issues of economic and health care inequality. Examples may include minimum wage increases, paid time off and family leave, Medicaid expansion, and fair scheduling. Our organization is always striving to elevate a fair economy as a central issue in the national political dialogue.