Actor/activist Alyssa Milano launches fundraising push to flip Pa. in 2020

    WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 10: Alyssa Milano attends a Special Screening of Liongate's "Bombshell" at Regency Village Theatre on December 10, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

    Actor and activist Alyssa Milano took to social media Wednesday to announce that she’s launched a fund-raising effort to support grassroots organizing efforts in three states that delivered the White House to President Donald Trump in 2016.

    Milano’s “2020 Fund” will aid groups in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which are already the focus of intense fundraising and campaign efforts by both the White House and the pack of Democratic 2020 hopefuls.

    Trump carried Pennsylvania by just 44,000 votes in 2016, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and breaking a three-decade-old winning presidential streak for Democrats in a state rich with Electoral College votes.

    With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary just weeks away, and the 2020 Democrats routinely battering each other on the stump, Milano urged unity heading into the thick of campaign season.

    “I feel like we’re all going to have favorites,” she said. “But instead of fighting with each other, let’s do something truly spectacular. Let’s start working together now on something we all agree on: Defeating Trump.”

    At midday on Wednesday, Milano’s Instagram post had garnered 8,539 likes. The actor is followed by 2.6 million users, giving her extensive reach. She made the same pitch to her 3.7 million Twitter followers in the same video post.

    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.