News Archive for November, 2012

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2012

Congratulations to our successful 2012 clients!

 Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) Congratulates

Successful Candidate and Ballot Measure Clients in 2012


In the wake of a contentious and hard-fought election, FM3 is pleased to congratulate the candidates and ballot measure campaigns across the country for which the firm provided public opinion research. In the midst of a tough economy and what some predicted would be a difficult year for Democrats, FM3 was pleased to help its clients to victories at all levels of the ballot.  We worked across the country, from Rhode Island to Oklahoma to Washington state; engaged in tough statewide, Congressional and local candidate races and helped pass state and local ballot measures under challenging circumstances.

In particular, FM3 is honored to have continued its association with Senator Patty Murray, head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, providing election advice and counsel. Thanks to her hard work, Democrats exceeded all expectations in Senate races, and managed to expand their Senate majority by two seats. And, with Democratic victories in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and North Dakota, there are now an historic number of women serving in the Senate.

FM3 is proud to have assisted the following Democratic candidates who won hard-fought, challenging victories:

  • In Wisconsin, FM3 is pleased to congratulate Tammy Baldwin on her historic victory in the U.S. Senate race over Republican candidate Tommy Thompson, who was previously unbeaten in 4 statewide elections. Baldwin won by a margin of over 160,000 votes less than five months after Scott Walker won a recall election in that state by a similar margin. FM3 provided opinion research and strategic advice for the I.E. coalition of Democratic-leaning organizations including EMILY’s List and Majority PAC.
  • In New Mexico, FM3 congratulates Martin Heinrich on his decisive victory in that state’s U.S. Senate race. FM3 worked for a coalition of conservation organizations and the Patriot Majority PAC by providing voter opinion research to guide an early, post-primary independent expenditure effort that opened up a wide lead for Heinrich in what had been a dead-even race, helping cement a victory over Heather Wilson.
  • In Washington state, FM3 congratulates its Congressional clients Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer and Rick Larsen. DelBene emerged the victor in a contentious primary election in August, and went on to soundly defeat the Republican candidate in the state’s newly-drawn 1st Congressional District, one of the most competitive in the nation. Derek Kilmer defeated a well-funded Republican challenger in an open-seat race to replace retiring Democrat Norm Dicks. Rick Larsen successfully won reelection to the House. Also in Washington state, FM3 recognizes the hard work of the Kathleen Drew campaign for Secretary of State, as ballots are still being counted to decide the winner of that contest.
  • In California, FM3 congratulates Congressional incumbents Janice Hahn, John Garamendi and Grace Napolitano who were reelected successfully in redrawn districts. FM3 also congratulates new members of Congress, including Jared Huffman in the 2nd District, and Juan Vargas in the 51st.
  • In Oklahoma, FM3 was proud to support the successful effort to retain four incumbent State Supreme Court Justices.
  • In Utah, FM3 applauds Democrat Ben McAdams on his successful election as Mayor of Salt Lake County – a remarkable achievement against a formidable opponent in a conservative county.
  • In its California home base, FM3 is proud to have worked with campaigns and independent expenditure committees to help elect a dozen new members of the California State Assembly, including Adam Gray, Jimmy Gomez, Tom Daly, Susan Eggman, Raul Bocanegra, Cristina Garcia, Al Muratsuchi, Frank Bigelow and Ken Cooley. Thanks to the effort of Democratic campaigns in California, Democrats are now on track to secure a supermajority in both legislative chambers. FM3 also recognizes the hard work of the Richard Bloom and Abel Guillen campaigns, as ballots are still being counted to decide the winner of those contests.
  • Also in California, FM3 is proud to have helped Richard Roth win a key State Senate race in Riverside County.  This race was one of the most competitive in state history, and Roth’s victory helped the Democratic Party obtain a two-thirds majority in the State Senate.
  • FM3 is also proud to have worked with local County Supervisors on their successful campaigns up and down the California coast, including Jane Parker in Monterey County; Doreen Farr and Salud Carbajal in Santa Barbara County; and Steve Bennett in Ventura County.
  • FM3 congratulates Citizens for a Healthy Iowa, an Independent Expenditure campaign that helped get two clean water candidates elected while defeating two very conservative legislators who wanted to rollback protections on clean water and our public lands.

FM3 also provided strategic voter research for successful campaigns to pass ballot initiatives that provide new funds for public education and public safety, expand access to pre-school education, close a major tax loophole in California, defend the rights of labor unions, fund transit improvements, and defend judicial independence.

  • In California, FM3 congratulates the Yes on Proposition 39 campaign, which obtained overwhelming support for a ballot initiative closing a corporate tax loophole for out-of-state corporations that had been costing the state $1 billion a year. This much-needed revenue will help the state balance its budget, fund schools, and invest in clean energy and energy efficiency projects.
  • Also in California, FM3 congratulates the Yes on Proposition 30 campaign and Gov. Jerry Brown. FM3 provided tracking research and strategic advice for Proposition 30, Brown’s successful temporary tax increase measure which helps avoid severe cuts in public education and public safety.
  • Again in California, FM3 congratulates the Los Angeles County Labor Coalition for its hard-fought, uphill victory opposing Proposition 32. Los Angeles County voted against Prop 32 by a 28-point margin, providing critical opposition to a ballot initiative that threatened to upend California’s campaign finance system at the expense of organized labor.
  • In California, and again in opposition, FM3 provided voter opinion research and advice for the No on Proposition 37 campaign opposing a complex food labeling proposal.
  • In San Antonio, Texas, FM3 is pleased to have contributed to the successful passage of Mayor Julian Castro’s Pre-K for S.A. initiative, which will fund a program to provide full day, high-quality Pre-K education for eligible 4-year olds in the city.
  • In Missouri, FM3 congratulates the No on Amendment 3 campaign for successfully defeating an initiative that would have altered the state’s Nonpartisan Court Plan that selects judges for the state’s Supreme, appellate and selected circuit courts.
  • In Rhode Island, FM3 is pleased to have assisted with the passage of Question 1 (statewide) and Question 8 (Lincoln Township) which authorize an expansion of gaming opportunities at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
  • FM3 voter research helped win voter approval of Measure B in Fresno County. Measure B renews a 1/8 cent sales tax dedicated to the County’s libraries, and will provide much-needed funding to prevent library closures, keep qualified librarians and purchase books.
  • In San Francisco, FM3 congratulates the Yes on Proposition C and Yes on Proposition E campaigns. These measures were approved by San Francisco voters and will establish a Housing Trust Fund and reform the city’s payroll tax, respectively.
  • FM3 participated in successful local education bond measures and congratulates the supporting campaign committees. In San Diego, voters approved a $2.8 billion bond for the San Diego Unified School District. Voters in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District passed a $848 million education bond, and voters approved a $30 million bond measure in the St. Helena Unified School District.
  • FM3 also lauds successful community college district bond measure campaigns in Coast Community College District ($698 million bond) and Solano County ($348 million bond). .

FM3 is proud to have continued its decades-long partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land as they expand on their remarkable record of success in winning voter approval for land and water conservation funding. FM3 was proud to assist several state and local ballot measure campaigns that will fund programs for parks, conservation and open space, including:

  • In San Francisco, FM3 congratulates the Yes on Proposition B campaign for successfully passing a $195 million bond measure to provide important upgrades to the city’s park system.
  • In Rhode Island, FM3 is pleased to see the success of the campaign for Yes on Questions 5 and 6, which will provide much needed funding for clean water investments in addition to green space preservation and development.
  • In Texas, FM3 lauds campaigns in Austin and Houston to pass park bond measures in those two cities. In Houston, Proposition B will help transform the city through a system of connected trails and green spaces along bayous and neighborhood parks. In Austin, Proposition 14 will fund $78 million in improvements to the city’s parks and recreational facilities.
  • In Salt Lake County, FM3 congratulates the campaign for Proposition 1, a successful $47 million bond measure for parks and trails approved by County voters.
  • And in Oregon, successful measures for the Bend and Willamalane park districts will provide additional funding for local parks, water quality, and green spaces.

FM3 is also proud to have worked with numerous candidates who, while not successful, conducted hard-fought campaigns under challenging circumstances.  In particular, we recognize California Congressmen Howard Berman and Pete Stark; Utah U.S. Senate candidate Scott Howell; and Wisconsin Congressional candidates Rob Zerban and Pat Kreitlow.  We are also proud to have worked with the campaign to defeat I-1185 in Washington state, and to have contributed to the effort to pass Measure A1 in Alameda County, which would have provided additional funding for the Oakland Zoo. This measure obtained 62 percent, however passage required two-thirds.

Looking back on the 2012 election cycle, FM3’s partners and staff greatly appreciate the confidence placed in our professional capabilities and personal skills by our clients.


EMILY’s List for Tammy Baldwin (I.E.)
Conservation Organizations and Patriot Majority for Martin Heinrich (I.E.)
Jared Huffman (CA-2)
John Garamendi (CA-3)
Mike Thompson (CA-5)
Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
Grace Napolitano (CA-32)
Janice Hahn (CA-36)
Juan Vargas (CA-51)
Suzan DelBene (WA-1)
Rick Larsen (WA-2)
Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
* Signifies June 2012 victory
Richard Roth (CA SD-31)
Frank Bigelow (CA AD-5, I.E.)
Ken Cooley (CA AD-8, I.E.)
Susan Eggman (CA AD-13, I.E.)
Adam Gray (CA AD-21, I.E.)
Raul Bocanegra (CA AD-39)
Richard Bloom (CA AD-50, I.E.)
Jimmy Gomez (CA AD-51, I.E.)
Norma Torres (CA AD-52)
Cristina Garcia (CA AD-58)
Al Muratsuchi (CA AD-66, I.E.)
Tom Daly (CA AD-69, I.E.)
Ben McAdams (Salt Lake County Mayor)
Steve Bennett (Ventura County Supervisor)
*Jane Parker (Monterey County Supervisor)
*Dorreen Farr (Santa Barbara County Supervisor)
*Salud Carbajal (Santa Barbara County Supervisor)
Retention of State Supreme Court Justices in Oklahoma
Yes on CA Prop 30 (temporary tax increases to fund education and public safety)
No on CA Prop 32 in LA County (campaign finance)
Yes on CA Prop 35 (human trafficking)
No on CA Prop 37 (food labeling)
Yes on CA Prop 39 (close business tax loophole)
Yes on RI Questions 5 & 6 (conservation funding)
Yes on RI Question 1/Lincoln Question 8 (gaming)
No on MO Amendment 3 (judicial selection)
Yes on Pre-K for San Antonio (early education)
Yes on Proposition C, San Francisco (housing trust fund)
Yes on Proposition E, San Francisco (payroll tax reform)
Yes on Measure B, Fresno County (library funding)
Yes on 26-146, City of Portland, Oregon (arts education funding)
No on Measure U, Napa County, CA
Yes on Measure Y, Culver City, CA (1/2% sales tax)
Yes on Measure U, City of Sacramento, CA (1/2% sales tax)
Yes on Measure AA, City of Commerce, CA (1/2% sales tax)
Yes on Measure C, City of Lathrop, CA (1/2% sales tax)
Yes on Measure E, City of Carpinteria, CA (transient occupancy tax)
Yes on Measure L, City of Orinda, CA (1/2% sales tax)
Yes on Measure V, City of Healdsburg, CA (1/2% sales tax)
Yes on Measure B, Santa Clara Valley Water District (parcel tax)
Yes on Measure P, City of Bellflower (UUT)
Yes on Propositions 13 & 14, Austin, Texas (parks funding)
Yes on Proposition B, Houston, Texas (parks funding)
Yes on Proposition 1, Salt Lake County (parks funding)
Yes on Proposition B, San Francisco (parks funding)
Yes on Measure 20-199, Willamalene, Oregon (parks funding)
Yes on Measure 9-86, Bend, Oregon (parks funding)
Yes on Measure Z, Wildomar, CA (parks funding)
* Signifies June 2012 measure
Solano CCD, Yes on Measure Q ($348 million bond)
Coast CCD, Yes on Measure M ($698 million bond)
San Diego USD, Yes on Proposition Z ($2.8 billion bond)
Chaffey JUHSD, Yes on Measure P ($848 million bond)
San Bernardino City USD, Yes on Measure N ($250 million bond)
Perris UHSD, Yes on Measure T ($153 million bond)
Kings Canyon USD, Yes on Measure K ($40 million bond)
Sanger USD, Yes on Measure S ($50 million bond)
Spreckels USD, Yes on Measure B ($7 million bond)
Caruthers USD, Yes on Measure C ($12 million bond)
St. Helena USD, Yes on Measure C ($30 million bond)
*Clovis USD, Yes on Measure A ($298 million bond)
Santa Paula USD, Yes on Measure M (unification measure)