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

    Alyssa Milano
    Alyssa Milano, shown here at a screening of Liongate's "Bombshell" in December 2019, has launched a fundraising push to flip Michigan in 2020.| Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

    Actor and activist Alyssa Milano took to social media this week 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 Michigan by 10,703 votes in 2016, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, becoming the first Republican to win the state since 1988. He also won nearby Wisconsin and Pennsylvania by small margins.

    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 Friday, Milano’s Instagram post had garnered almost 20,000 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.

    Advance Editor Susan J. Demas contributed to this story.

    John L. Micek
    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining the Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count.