Actor/activist Alyssa Milano launches fundraising push to flip Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin in 2020. (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 Wisconsin by just 22,748 votes in 2016, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and capturing the state for Republicans the first time in a presidential election year since Ronald Reagan was on the ballot.

    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 Micek
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