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TIME FOR CHANGE

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“ChangePA was the game-changer for my campaign.” 

 

— Rep. Joe Webster

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Who We Are

Time for Change

We are a Political Action Committee dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania House from Republican to Democrat.

 

If we can flip just 9 more House seats in 2020 and defend the ones we already have, Democrats will be the majority. A new 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.

Our incredible fundraising success of $300,000 in 2019 has led to the decision to raise our overall goal to $450,000 for the 2020 election.

 

Currently, we are identifying seats to flip as well as seats that need to be protected. Our first action was to donate $5,000 to each of the 5 new Democratic House members we successfully supported in 2018.

We Make the Difference in Competitive Elections


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—tipping close races in our favor.​ We have no paid staff, so every dollar we raise above expenses goes to candidates.

ChangePA works with other political groups with similar objectives, such as PA Blue Victory Fund. 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.

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.

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Spotlighted Republican Districts

We have identified 15 Republican-held districts in Southeast Pennsylvania where, based on previous election results, Democrats have the best opportunity to win seats in 2020. This list could be modified as we get closer to the election. For a larger version of the map, click here.

 

Using a rigorous process like the one we employed in 2018 with great success, we will determine which Democrats to support with our funding in 2020 based on the district data, the strength of the incumbent, and the quality of the Democratic campaign.  ​

We Have A Track Record of Success

ChangePA started in January 2017 as a series of brunch discussions among friends. From those modest beginnings, ChangePA raised and distributed more than $210,000 for the 2018 election.

On Election Day, 5 out of 6 Democrats supported by ChangePA won their elections to unseat Pennsylvania House Republicans. 

 

ChangePA ended the 2018 elections with over 450 individual donors who contributed online, by check, and at 14 house parties. Many people, recognizing the high stakes in the election, donated more than they ever had before to political candidates. We will need everyone to make a similar extra effort if we are to achieve our goals in 2020 and gain Democratic control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Republican control 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. Pennsylvania Republicans need to be thrown out of office.

“ChangePA helped us to level the playing field. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

 

 Rep. Danielle Friel Otten

Founders

Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.)

Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.

Michael Churchill, Esq.

S. David Fineman, Esq.

Tom Gilhool, Esq.

Barbara Gold, M.D.

Steven Gold, Esq.

Mary Goldman

Anne Hagele

Mary Hurtig

Joyce Norden

Kim Oxholm

Tobey Oxholm, Esq.

Linda Schleifer

Tasha Stonorov

Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)

Shelly Yanoff, Esq.

Hon. Mark Bernstein (Ret.)

Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.

Anne Hagele

Joyce Norden

Kim Oxholm

Linda Schleifer

Stephen Seplow

Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)

“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

Donations by check should be made out to ChangePA and mailed to

Anne Hagele, 3006 Foxx Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

 

Who We Support

REP. LIZ HANBIDGE

61st Legislative District

I’m thankful for all of the people who voted and stepped forward to make their voices heard. I’m excited to represent constituent’s interests in Harrisburg, and I look forward to getting to know them personally.

REP. JOE WEBSTER

150th Legislative District

ChangePA was the game-changer for my campaign. Their overall support—and timing—created an enormous amount of momentum when I needed it most. ChangePA’s goal was to be the difference-maker for progressive candidates in Pennsylvania. I'll vouch for that...on the floor of the Pennsylvania Legislature.

SARA JOHNSON ROTHMAN

151st Legislative District

Thank you, ChangePA...! For every discouraging story in the news right now, theres a volunteer whos been inspired to get involved with a campaign for the first time, or a new organization with a plan to elect Democratic candidates. This is the time to achieve the change we want in our government. Lets keep the momentum going!

REP. DANIELLE FRIEL OTTEN

155th Legislative District

I pledged to take no corporate money for my campaign. The Oil & Gas lobbyists, Pharma PACs, and right wing donors were committed to putting up big money to ensure that the PA legislature continues to put the profit of big business before the people of Pennsylvania in our district. ChangePA helped us to level the playing field. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

REP. MELISSA SHUSTERMAN

157th Legislative District

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. ChangePA is changing Pennsylvania for the better, and I am grateful for their support.

REP. JENNIFER OMARA

165th Legislative District

I’m so grateful for the support ChangePA provided me during my grassroots campaign. As a working-class candidate, their support gave me the ability to stay focused on voter contact by providing critical resources that could be used for postcards, texting, and direct mail. ChangePA set a goal to help flip state House districts, and they stayed true to that goal. With ChangePA’s help, we flipped the 165th!

In 2018, ChangePA’s rigorous selection process included inviting every donor to a mini-convention where we chose our candidates to support. All of the chosen candidates were progressive Democratic candidates who were running in competitive Republican-held districts. We avoided contests where one party was the clear favorite, so our contributions made a real difference in tough races. 5 of our 6 chosen candidates are now sitting as State Representatives in Harrisburg:

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Events & News

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Zooms for ChangePA!

On May 31, 2020, ChangePA hosted Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Zoom. He emphasized that winning a Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania House is a critical part of the effort to take back the whole country

  • “We have a crisis, whether its because of Covid-19, whether it’s because of the police brutality crisis that’s engulfing our nation, you name it, but we have to address it in November 2020 like it is the most consequential election certainly in my lifetime—and I’m 50 years old—because it is.” 

  • “Pennsylvania will pick the President. If you tell me who wins Pennsylvania in 2020, that will be our next President… We need a fully unified, all-hands-on-deck approach for 2020.”  

  • “Those state races mean everything… What you guys are doing is critical and it’s important, and I wish there were more organizations doing what you are doing.” 

  • We cant let Pennsylvania go red.

ChangePAs Laslo Boyd Calls Out PA House Republicans in the Inquirer

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer on April 16, 2020, featured a letter to the editor from ChangePAs Laslo Boyd taking Pennsylvania House Republicans to task for COVID-19 political shenanigans. Dr. Boyd notes that the Republican bill seeking to reopen businesses early not only endangers lives but also is pure political kabuki. The Republicans already know that Gov. Tom Wolf “will veto the measure and it will be sustained.” Dr. Boyd asks, “Is this the time for cheap partisan stunts?” 

ChangePAs Evening with U.S. Senators Bob Casey (PA) & Chris Coons (DE)

 

ChangePA was honored to host an evening with Senators Casey & Coons on December 15, 2019, and to have their support in winning a Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania House.

The excitement in the room was unmistakable. Democrats have the momentum, and with your help we can win!

At the end of the night, we received a generous matching gift from PA Blue Victory Fund of $10,000.

ChangePA raised $100,000 by this event, and we now have $375,000 toward our goal of $450,000 to support candidates in the fall election.

Thank you again!!!

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House Parties

ChangePA has been holding house parties to raise contributions for the 2020 House races.

 

Because of your efforts, we have $375,000 toward our $450,000 goal for winning a Democratic majority in 2020!

Latest News

YouTube  The Liar Tweets Tonight

April 21, 2020 — Enjoy this Virtual Sing-In video by Roy Zimmerman and The ReZisters, featuring Sandy Riccardi. Made in collaboration with the Raging Grannies of Mendocino. Parody lyrics by Ede Morris, Roy Zimmerman, Melanie Harby. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” words and music by Solomon Linda.

April 7, 2020  

There is an area in which the novel-coronavirus pandemic dovetails exceptionally well with part of Trump’s agenda and that of the Republican Party in some states: voter suppression. 

Why Is Wisconsin Holding an Election During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

April 7, 2020 — The situation in Wisconsin is this: with an assist from conservative judges at the highest levels of government, local Republican leaders are forcing their state to participate in an Election Day that will exacerbate a pandemic. 

 

Blog

by Laslo Boyd, Ph.D.

April 7, 2020

Can We Save This Year’s Election?

The very real threat to this year’s election became even more apparent yesterday. Through the combined efforts of the Republican controlled legislature of Wisconsin and that state’s Supreme Court, Wisconsin will go ahead with its primary election today. Record low turnout is guaranteed.

April 2, 2020

What Will “After” Be Like?

To begin, let’s admit that we have no idea when “after” will finally arrive. Donald Trump’s daily briefings are certainly no place to look for clarity. He has been all over the place in talking about the severity, timing and responses to the coronavirus. Then there’s the very real danger that a second or even third wave of the pandemic will wash over us.

March 28, 2020

The Bad Faith Explanation

The United States is doing a lousy job of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This is true despite the heroism of medical personnel and other first responders. Our country now leads the world in reported cases; the death toll is rising dramatically day by day; testing is a fraction of what it should be; and medical supplies and equipment are woefully inadequate.

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