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Keystone Progress to Begin Endorsing Candidates in 2014 Races

KPKeystone Progress, Pennsylvania’s largest online progressive action network, decided to endorse political candidates through their group called the Keystone Progress Political Action Committee (KPPAC).

This is the first time that the KPPAC has endorsed political candidates, despite having a strong history of working for and promoting liberal causes.

“Keystone Progress has grown to be one of the most powerful progressive organizations in Pennsylvania. Our board of directors has recognized that we can have an impact beyond our usual issue-based work by getting actively involved in electing progressive candidates,” said Michael Morrill, speaking for the KPPAC. “We can’t win on our most important issues if we keep electing people who don’t share our values.”

Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania’s citizens are members of Keystone Progress and they frequently act upon a variety of progressive issues. Following up this decision to endorse candidates, members will be encouraged to support advocated candidates through voting, volunteering for campaign work and through making contributions.

“Endorsements will be for all races, statewide and legislative,” Morrill said, “We will make endorsements regardless of party.”

These endorsements will come out on a rolling basis and the first are likely to be announced at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit in Harrisburg, Feb. 28-March 1.

Some organizations choose to support candidates with money, others choose to support with action. KPPAC has decided to contribute the latter.

“Our endorsements will probably not come with financial support for candidates,” Morrill said. “It will mean boots on the ground. We can mobilize people in every district across the state.”

This new potential for liberal support will no doubt give courage to more progressive legislative candidates, as the backing of KPPAC will be a coveted endorsement, given their large amount of members and strength as a progressive organization within the state of Pennsylvania.

KPPAC has posted a questionnaire for candidates that would like its endorsement. The questionnaire is available at www.kppac.com.

5 Responses

  1. I hope they actually endorse a progressive candidate, not a phony, establishment “progressive.” The most authentically progressive candidate is John Hanger and he should be endorsed. He received 64% of the 648 “votes” cast at the recent Keystone Progress poll which asked “Who Should Progressives Support for Governor.” No one, except Max Myers, likely due to his pro-moratorium stance on fracking, got more than 4%. This is an unscientific “poll” but I liked the results.

  2. Great, but no help in pa7 without an actual candidate!!
    What will it take to recruit someone credible to oust Meehan.?

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