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GrassrootsPA logo.png
Available in English
Created by Chris Lilik
Slogan(s) Pennsylvania's Political Community
Alexa rank 5,537,809 (August 2012)[1]
Registration No
Launched 2004
Current status active

GrassrootsPA is a political news website centered on the politics of Pennsylvania. It was founded in 2004 by then law student Chris Lilik, a Pat Toomey supporter and became a "must-click resource" for Pennsylvania's conservative community.[2] Even though Toomey lost that race, the website continued as a gathering place for conservatives and Specter's foes.[3] The website also gained mainstream media attention as a source of breaking political news.[4][5] Political commentator Chris Bravacos noted that GrassrootsPA attracted significantly higher readership than the official websites for the two major political parties.[6]

During the public outcry following the 2005 Pennsylvania legislative pay raise, GrassrootsPA served as a focal point for reform activists.[7] The American Spectator called GrassrootsPA a "flashpoint of this conservative revolution" in Pennsylvania.[8] In 2010, Politics Magazine described GrassrootsPA as "Pennsylvania's Drudge Report."[9]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Pounding the rock". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Tribune Review. January 9, 2005. 
  3. ^ Murdock, Deroy (November 8, 2004). "His Own Worst Enemy". National Review Online. National Review. 
  4. ^ "More from The Big Race". postgazetteNOW. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Post Gazette. September 8, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Bad football analogies". postgazetteNOW. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Post Gazette. September 13, 2006. 
  6. ^ Bravacos, Chris (March 22, 2009). "What Now for the GOP? Party Needs New Strategy". PennLive LLC. PennLive LLC. 
  7. ^ Adams, Helen Colwell (May 21, 2006). "Waking up Harrisburg". Intelligencer Journal. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: ProQuest Information and Learning Company. 
  8. ^ "The Toomey Revolution". The American Spectator. The American Spectator. January 7, 2005. 
  9. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08. 

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