Penn Progress. Get to know the name.
It is a super PAC that has set a target of raising $8 million for TV ad time and other paid media for the May primary, and it is supporting Democrat Conor Lamb in the U.S. Senate race. Key Democratic donors have received emails from James Carville, longtime Democratic strategist, introducing Penn Progress.
“I wanted to reach out to you about the single most important Senate race in the country this November which is being held in Pennsylvania,” Carville wrote in one email obtained by POLITICO and the Philadelphia Inquirer. “There is no way that Democrats can expand our majority in the Senate if we do not pick up the Pennsylvania Senate seat and the best person to win that race is my good friend Conor Lamb. … Conor has a tough primary, and I was hoping you could help him by supporting Penn Progress, the independent effort set up to help ensure Conor is our nominee.”
According to the Federal Election Commission, Penn Progress, Inc. registered as a Super PAC on September 16, 2021, with Diane Evans listed as the treasurer. In the last quarter of 2021, Penn Progress raised $35,000, including $25,000 from SMART – the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Political Action League – and $10,000 from Stephen Cozen from Philadelphia.
In the memo, the group sets goals that include spending $8 million on ads, $200,000 on polling, and $60,000 on research, website and social media.
The support could help Lamb close the significant funds gap of approximately $2.3 million between his campaign and that of John Fetterman.