Send Susan Collins Packing

Jan 24, 2020

In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Donna, Dan, Janis, Deb, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA national team.

Help Elect Progressive Betsy Sweet to the U.S. Senate


As the Trump Impeachment Senate trial continues, Senate “Leader” Mitch McConnell’s extremism once again casts a chilling, anti-democratic shadow over our politics. Senate Republicans’ contempt for their constitutional duty to hold the newly-impeached Trump accountable is just their latest outrageous obstruction.

McConnell and his cohorts—notably including Sen. Susan Collins of Maine—adamantly block desperately-needed legislation. McConnell, Collins, and the rest of the Trumpublicans refuse to even consider 100s of bills the House of Representatives already passed—from protecting our elections from domestic and foreign interference (H.R. 1) and gun safety, to environmental protection, investments in our people, and so much more.


Pitch In To Help PDA And Betsy Sweet!


Volunteer To Help Elect Betsy Sweet! Click Here!


Our mission to bring your grassroots voice into the halls of power depends on your generosity. We refuse to ask for or accept donations from corporations or other status quo or conservative sources. That keeps us independent and effective, but unless you step up now, we cannot accomplish our shared goals.

Unlike many other organizations, we expend our time and resources during the primaries because we know Neoliberals come in Red and Blue. We support progressives like Betsy Sweet because we understand that Corporate Democrats oppose policies we need like the Green New Deal, Medicare For All, Climate Emergency Action, Clean Elections, Dignity for Immigrants, Ending Corporate Rule, Peace, and so much more!

Betsy Sweet said, “I am thrilled to be endorsed by such a respected organization in the realm of progressive politics. This grassroots campaign is about a movement, not just one individual, and I’m excited that PDA’s members overwhelmingly support our effort.”

PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky said, “Betsy Sweet is a true progressive leader and she will be a great progressive Senator. Betsy understands the importance of ‘inside/outside’ strategies, because she spent years working as a citizen reformer on women’s rights, public campaign finance, and voting reform issues for several years.”

Alan added, “It is absolutely essential that the Democratic Party win control of the U.S. Senate away from Mitch McConnell in 2020. For that to happen, we must flip the Maine Senate seat next year. Republican Susan Collins is more-than-vulnerable, following her disgraceful support for Brett Kavanaugh. That’s why we endorsed Betsy Sweet in this key battleground.”

Alan concluded, “Betsy is a pioneering progressive activist who listens and brings people together to turn bold ideas into change that helps those who need it most. She is one of the front runners for the nomination and she is a true progressive champion! In contrast to her moderate Democratic opponent, Betsy is an outspoken advocate for Medicare for All, strong environmental policies, and has statewide name recognition from her days as a lead advocate for Maine’s groundbreaking Clean Money statute.”

As PDA Communications Director I said, “Betsy was a prominent advocate for Maine’s groundbreaking Clean Election Act, and she’s championed public financing, instant runoff / ranked choice voting etc. She’s run statewide before, and has an energized base of support. She is committed to running a clean campaign, accepting no corporate donations.”

I added, “Betsy is a lifelong feminist organizer, which makes her the perfect foe for Susan Collins. Most importantly, Betsy is perfectly in line with the progressive spirit that is sweeping the Democratic Party. Betsy Sweet exemplifies political courage, intelligence, and leadership. She has always stepped up to lead on efforts to end social and economic injustice. She has taken on tough struggles when others shied away, and she has worked tirelessly to protect the vulnerable from harm. She will make an exemplary U.S. Senator.”

As long as Trumpublicans control the Senate, they will hold essential policies hostage to their hyper-partisanship. Susan Collins, a right wing extremist in moderate’s clothing, is emblematic of the corrupt, corrosive false promise of status quo establishment “consensus politics” that shortchange regular people to lavish unearned largess on the wealthy elite.

To end this dangerous abuse of power and to serve the needs and aspirations of We the People, we must work to make the Senate more progressive. That’s why Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), endorsed Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senator from Maine. The decision was easy.

Betsy earned 90% support in PDA’s endorsement poll. The PDA National Election Team reviewed her questionnaire, and enthusiastically supported her endorsement. Betsy is dedicated to making progress in the Senate and we know she can get the job done because of her inspiring career of visionary grassroots leadership.

PDA continues raising money for the Sweet campaign, and—with your help—we will organize volunteer phone banks, house parties, and otherwise support Betsy Sweet’s candidacy. You can help us make a real difference by pitching in! Volunteer To Help Elect Betsy Sweet! Click Here! No time to spare? Then, Pitch In To Help PDA And Betsy Sweet!

Betsy’s moderate opponent, Sara Gideon, is supported by the Democratic establishment and they’ve already tried to ignore her, rig the primary, and obstruct her using their insider networks and deep pockets. Betsy is facing a significant funding disadvantage but, with your support, we know Betsy can and will prevail in the primary and beat Susan Collins in November! Can we count on you? Please donate generously to Betsy Sweet’s campaign and PDA’s efforts on her behalf.


P.S.: All of our priorities run afoul of the establishment and the billionaires. Pitch in right now to support our Win 2020 Victory Fund to help us elect progressives and change our politics for the better—and make yoir donations automatically recurring to maximize your impact!


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Tell Congress To End Police BrutalityIn This Critical Moment, We See No Leadership From The White House We Look To Justice-Minded Members of Congress, to Step Up and Lead

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) condemns ongoing, escalating violence against African Americans. We desperately need a national truth and reconciliation conversation to admit and rectify the scourge of structural racism, including comprehensive policy changes.

H.Res.988, cosponsored by four courageous congressional leaders, is a decisive first step. Join us demanding its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In response to the brutal murder of George Floyd by a sworn peace officer, abetted and assisted by three other sworn peace officers in broad daylight, four U.S. Representatives have stepped up to lead.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN, in whose district the murder took place), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced H.Res. 988, a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives, “condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country.”

Tell Congress To End Police Brutality

Take action now! Click Here to email your U.S. Representative and demand passage of H.Res. 988 as a first step toward seeking justice for George Floyd and so many others whose lives have been cut short by police brutality.

“From slavery to lynching to Jim Crow, black people in this country have been brutalized and dehumanized for centuries,” Rep. Omar stated last week. “We cannot fully right these wrongs until we admit we have a problem. As the People’s House, the House of Representatives must acknowledge these historical injustices and call for a comprehensive solution. There are many steps on the path to justice, but we must begin to take them.”

George Floyd is just one among the latest in a (much too) long list of victims of state-sanctioned terrorism against African Americans. We know the names of some recent victims, but for far too long records and statistics on extra-judicial police killings have not even been kept. For too many years, officers have not been charged, and—if charged—they have not been effectively prosecuted or convicted.

Email your U.S. Representative today and demand passage of the Omar-Pressley-Bass-Lee resolution (H.Res.988) condemning police brutality, racial profiling, and excessive and militarized force by police.