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The Blueprint exposes how four multimillionaires transformed Colorado politics

Part of CO delegation: Udall, Bennet, DeGette, Polis, Coffman, Perlmutter (Adam Schrager hosting)
Part of CO delegation: Udall, Bennet, DeGette, Polis, Coffman, Perlmutter (Adam Schrager hosting)
L. Reilly

In 2004, Colorado Republicans held every major political seat in the state, including both senate seats, five of the seven congressional seats, the governorship, both state houses, and the offices of secretary of state and state treasurer. By the next presidential election in 2008, the complete opposite was true. This did not happen by chance. It was a highly calculated plan devised by four wealthy individuals. Rob Witwer, a former Colorado representative, and Adam Schrager, political reporter for KUSA, document how four multimillionaires, dubbed the “Gang of Four,” plotted out this dramatic political reversal in their newly released book, “The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and why Republicans Everywhere Should Care).”

The authors show how the Progressives are implementing this strategy, now known as the “Colorado Model,” nationwide hoping to create a permanent Democratic majority through the use of new campaign laws and mega donors. One of the members of the Gang of Four, Jared Polis, whose family sold their greeting card company when he was 24 years old for $780 million, was part of the Democratic sweep in the 2008 elections, winning as U.S. Representative for Colorado’s Congressional District 2. Rounding off the rest of the gang are billionaire Pat Stryker, multimillionaire Rutt Bridges, and Tim Gill, founder of Quark.

The book is now available online and at bookstores. For those interested in attending a book signing of The Blueprint,  Rob Witwer will be at Monday’s Liberty on the Rocks meeting between 5:00 and 6:00 pm at Old Chicago’s on Union Boulevard in Lakewood. There will be an additional book signing on April 29 at 7:30 pm at the LoDo branch of the Tattered Cover Bookstore.

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