Ten years ago, a group of women in West Michigan, who were interested in politics and distressed by the lack of progressive policies both nationally and state-wide, met to talk about what they could do to challenge the status quo. From this initial meeting, the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan (PWA) was born. PWA is a Political Action Committee (PAC) formed to promote, support and fund progressive candidates and causes throughout the nation but primarily in Michigan. In the past ten years, PWA has raised and contributed over $300,000 to PWA-endorsed candidates and initiatives.
In 2012, 17 of the 18 candidates endorsed by PWA won their campaigns. This is a far higher success rate than those of the super PACs funded by Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers.
To address challenging times for progressives, PWA's focus on fund raising will be front and center as the organization moves forward in 2013 and beyond. PWA has committed itself to the ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in the 2013 to 2014 election cycle, so that it can play a significant role in the 2014 election. The 2014 election will include a gubernatorial race in Michigan, as well as a race for the US Senate seat currently held by Democrat Carl Levin. Throughout the United States there will be 33 Senate seats contested in 2014.
PWA cannot make an impact on this election cycle without your help. We have a decade of success behind us, but we need to do more. Now is the time to act!