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

— Rep. Joe Webster

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TIME FOR CHANGE

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“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.

Anne Hagele

Ken Klothen

Joyce Norden

Kim Oxholm

Steve Poses

Linda Schleifer

Hon. Flora Wolf (Ret.)

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“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.

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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. 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 beforerecord 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.

Want to learn more about what we’re doing at ChangePA? Subscribe to our email updates!
 

Events & News

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 Stacy 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 this spring (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!

Hosts’ Responsibility

  • 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

  • Just show-up

 

ChangePA’s Responsibility

  • 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!

Latest News

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.

October 1, 2020  

For Kathryn Kolbert, the current threat to women’s health care could not be more clear: A strengthened conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court will result in both the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade being overturned. 

Meet the Retired Philly Poli-Sci Prof Who’s Raising $350K to Flip the PA House

August 14, 2020 — Not long after the 2016 election, with Donald Trump in the White House, and Democrats in disarray, Laslo Boyd and his wife knew what they had to do. They had to do their part to help put Democrats back into power. They pulled together a bunch of friends, and made two very important decisions.

 

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The Year American Exceptionalism Died

Can the United States reclaim a position of leadership in the world? One of the lessons of world history is that it is much easier to tear something down than to build it up.

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Is It Still Trump’s Republican Party?

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Are we already in a Civil War and missing the signs in plain sight? 

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