“ChangePA was the game-changer for my campaign.”
— Rep. Joe Webster
Hear Rep. O’Mara explain how she flipped a traditionally GOP seat and what
we need to do to win a Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania State House.
TIME FOR CHANGE
“ChangePA’s support gave me the financial boost I needed—to spend my time at the doors, listening and speaking with people, instead of having to ask for money.”
— Rep. Melissa Shusterman
Who We Are
Time for Change
We are a Political Action Committee dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania House from Republican to Democrat.
A Democratic majority would result in more funding for our schools, support for women’s health, protection of the environment, responsible gun laws, criminal justice reform, and an end to hyper-partisan gerrymandering.
ChangePA conducts year round efforts to find and support strong candidates in Republican-held districts that have the potential to be flipped. Using a rigorous candidate selection process, ChangePA is able to contribute where funds will make the biggest difference and at the time the candidates most need help. We have no paid staff, so every dollar we raise above expenses goes to candidates.
ChangePA works with other political groups with similar objectives. We share election information, discuss campaign strategy, and utilize resources (such as volunteer placement efforts) that ChangePA does not maintain. Each group does its own fundraising. Recently, PA Blue Victory Fund merged with ChangePA, creating an even more dynamic team.
ChangePA focuses on State House races because they receive less public attention and less funding than elections to the U.S. Congress—so ChangePA’s contributions have a big impact.
Throw Pennsylvania Republicans Out of Office
Republican control of the Pennsylvania legislature has meant:
We are the only state that doesn’t tax fracking!
We cannot change our inequitable taxing system!
We underfund public education!
We cannot pass responsible gun control!
Women’s health care is under attack!
We are hostile to the environment!
Gerrymandering is a way of life!
It’s time for change.
Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.)
Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.
Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)
“ChangePA helped us to level the playing field. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
— Rep. Danielle Friel Otten
Donations by check should be made out to ChangePA and mailed to
ChangePA, 3006 Foxx Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144.
The Fund to ChangePA in 2021-2022:
The Case for Your Support
IF NOT YOU, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?
ChangePA is actively raising money today because we believe early money—before the end of June 2022—is critical. Our goal for 2021 is $300,000 towards an ultimate goal by June 2022 of $750,000. We cannot wait until 2022 to start raising these funds.
ChangePA is the only organization focused exclusively on strategic “purple” State House districts. Donations will be allocated across the following three areas:
#1 Direct donations to the most strategically important campaigns
#2 ChangePA interns embedded in campaigns
#3 Build better campaigns with smarter targeting and messaging
For more details, read our most recent mission statement here—and don’t forget to donate now!
For this report, 3 leaders of ChangePA and the PA Blue Victory Fund interviewed 30 individuals involved in the 2020 elections, including 14 Democratic challengers and 5 incumbents.
State Representative Matt Bradford called the report, “about as thoughtful and high-level summary of what went on as I read from some of the best political strategists who would pretend to give advice to us as legislative leaders.” Here are some of the report’s highlights.
The election was dominated by the presence of Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket. Although all the candidates we interviewed achieved higher vote totals in their districts than ever before, record high Republican voter turnout, combined with gerrymandered districts, created a perfect storm for Democratic candidates for the Pennsylvania State House. Meanwhile, polling was generally way off the mark.
Lessons for 2022
Campaigning needs to start well before the year of the election.
Candidate messaging needs to incorporate on-the-ground and personal knowledge of the district.
Early money is critical. Rather than holding most funds until the last months, candidates need resources early to define themselves to voters and to respond to attack ads.
Next Steps for ChangePA
The mission of ChangePA remains unchanged:
Win a Democratic State House majority.
Commit to a year-round, cycle-to-cycle, two-year effort within target districts.
Build and sustain citizen focus on Pennsylvania state government.
Expand fundraising to include efforts that support election infrastructure, messaging, and strategy.
Read the full report here.
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Events & News
ChangePA Summer House Parties
Match $60,000 Challenge Grant
ChangePA was thrilled to host numerous successful House Parties this summer! With your help, we raised much needed funds for our mission to help Democratic candidates win State House seats, and we met—and exceeded—our $60,000 challenge grant!
We were honored to have four State Representatives and one candidate for the State House as our guests. Each gave us a unique window into their knowledge and experiences.
Deb Ciamacca talked about the lessons of 2020 and what she will be doing differently in 2021 and 2022 to build a winning campaign. Rep. Joe Webster talked about Republican plans to restrict voting in Pennsylvania and how to turn out the vote for Democrats. Rep. Jennifer O’Mara described her success campaigning in a tough district and her experiences as a Democratic legislator in Harrisburg. Rep. Matt Bradford outlined the process for redistricting based on the new Census numbers and explained his optimism for building a Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. Danielle Friel Otten talked about weaknesses in the Republican armor and recent advances that Democrats have made.
Thank you so much to these wonderful guests and to all of our House Party co-hosts, who brought so many fine people together united in a common cause—to change the Pennsylvania State House for the better.
We still need to raise another $100,000 to reach our December goal of $300,000, towards an ultimate goal by June 2022 of $750,000. Please continue to donate—and spread the word!
Jennifer O’Mara Nominated to be Emily’s List Rising Star!
ChangePA is excited to share that our friend State Representative Jennifer O’Mara was nominated for the Emily’s List Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award!
We are long-time supporters of Jenn, who recently spoke at one of our House Parties!
The Rising Star Award honors one woman each year who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of the career of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in and out of office. Previous winners have included Stacey Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, and Philly’s own Helen Gym.
This nomination was a big deal for Jenn and a huge recognition for her work as a State Representative.
For those of you who don’t know, Jenn is a second-term State Representative representing parts of Delaware County. Her commitment to public service has been shaped by her challenging personal journey. Jenn is the daughter of a union firefighter. When she was thirteen years old, her father died by gun suicide, changing everything for her family. She moved to Delaware County, where her mother found a job as a school bus driver. Jenn became the first in her family to graduate college, eventually earning her Master’s and teaching certification from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2018, Jenn became the youngest Democratic woman ever elected to the State House. As a freshman, she championed the passage into law of a bill to fully fund the Veterans Trust Fund, co-founded the bipartisan Student Debt Caucus to support Pennsylvania’s students, and fought for common sense gun legislation, expansion of access to affordable health care, and a woman’s right to choose.
Please join us in congratulating Jenn for this recognition!
ChangePA Campaign Kickoff Packs Zoom Room!
ChangePA hosted our first Zoom of the new year on February 23rd. The Zoom Room was packed, the Chat feature was lively, and your energy and enthusiasm were inspirational! Thank you to all of you who joined us!
Special thanks to our panelists, Deb Ciamacca, Rep. Nancy Guenst, Jonathan Kassa, and Rep. Melissa Shusterman, for their insights about their campaigns and about the future. We were also joined by candidate Claudette Williams, who talked about the difficulties of messaging in the face of lying Republican attacks, and Mariah Fisher, who is running in the special election this year in the 59th District. We have great hopes for them!
Thank you also to Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.) for hosting the event and to Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.) and Steve Poses for delivering the detailed election analysis contained in their Report to Our Donors. We learned that the candidates we supported in 2020 all achieved higher voter turnout than ever before, but that this was not enough to overcome the Trump wave in Republican-gerrymandered State House districts. We also learned that Democrats are not the majority in the districts we need to flip in 2022. Our messaging must not only target our base but also win over enough independents to overcome the Republican advantage.
We need to raise money for candidates as soon as possible so they can define themselves early to voters. We cannot allow the deceptive attack ads spewed by the Republican hate machine to go unchallenged any longer. Campaigns have to start well before the year of the election. As Stacey Abrams demonstrated in Georgia, we need a long-term plan that engages voters beyond any single election year.
Please be a part of that effort!
Consider hosting a virtual House Party (more information below). Donate to ChangePA!
We must start now!
Host a ChangePA House Party!
Here’s another way to contribute to ChangePA’s mission: host a virtual House Party for your friends!
It is really, really easy. Here’s how it works!
Select a date and time that works for you
Send an invitation (a sample is available) to your friends inviting them to an hour-long Zoom party for ChangePA
No drinks and appetizers needed
No house clean-up needed
We’ll collect RSVP’s
We’ll send Zoom invitations
We’ll have someone attend to set the stage and introduce ChangePA to your guests
We’ll arrange for dynamic, interesting speakers
We’ll process subsequent donations and thank your guests
We’ll send you a list of RSVP’s and of those who donated so you can thank them personally
To make it even better, gather a couple of friends to co-host your party and expand the impact of your efforts!
If you’d like to host or co-host a party, please click the button below and Anne Hagele will be in touch.
Thank you again for your support of ChangePA!
What We Know About the High, Broad Turnout in the 2020 Election
May 13, 2021 — 66.8% of eligible voters cast ballots in 2020, up from 60.1% in 2016 and the highest turnout rate since 1900. The boost was especially large among groups who have voted at lower rates. That suggests the 2020 election not only inspired high turnout overall, but also drew broader
The Trump G.O.P.’s Plot Against Liz Cheney — and Our Democracy
May 11, 2021 — The GOP has declared that Trump’s ability to energize its base is so irreplaceable that it justifies accepting his Big Lie about the 2020 election and leveraging that lie to impose voter-suppression laws and changes in the rules of who can certify elections in order to lock in minority control for Republicans if need be.
Younger Voters Propelled Biden to Victory Over Trump in 2020
May 10, 2021 — A sharp increase in the number of voters from the youngest two generations helped President Joe Biden win the 2020 election, according to a new study from a Democratic analytics firm, boosting him over President Donald Trump despite the incumbent’s high level of support among seniors.
Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo: How to Turn Your Red State Blue
February 11, 2021 — To redefine the path to victory, each state must recognize that losing better is a crucial part of engineering a battleground state. Over time, with smart investments, sustained effort and a commitment to organizing and civic engagement across communities, we can create new competitive states.
by Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.
October 17, 2021
Don’t Just Throw Money at Problems
How many times have you heard that admonition posing as political or economic wisdom? It’s the poster child for the opposition to President Biden’s key legislative proposals.
September 2, 2021
Why Are So Many Athletes So Irresponsible?
No one is really surprised at the behavior of Trump or DeSantis. What’s more puzzling is another category of people who have taken a stand against vaccines and masks: professional athletes.