Just one week after the Supreme Court stripped away the Constitutional right to have an abortion, Democrats and other pro-choice groups have already raised more than $80 million, an encouraging sign that the ruling may energize voters.
But donors are giving much of that money to national campaigns and individual causes instead of the highly contested races for state office, where abortion policy will now be shaped as a result of the court’s decision, Democratic Party officials say. The massive $80 million fundraising haul was recorded by ActBlue, the Democrats’ online fundraising platform, which has a ticker that shows the money passing through the organization in real time. ActBlue took in over $20 million in the first 24 hours after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that determined abortion was a constitutional right. By Tuesday, the group had processed more than $51 million in donations, and by Friday, the total had reached $80 million.
But the state level is where Republicans still wield disproportionate power after more than a decade of patiently funneling money and resources into critical but often-overlooked contests, and where they can do the most damage, particularly in the smaller races that will be easier to disrupt.
National Network of Abortion Funds has set up an Act Blue to split donations across multiple states' abortion funds (you can adjust individually as well). If you can, consider donating. https://t.co/ZU45Gl8IJs
— Gennifer Hutchison (@GennHutchison) June 24, 2022
Planned Parenthood is part of a joint effort with the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America and EMILY’s List, which supports women running for office, that plans to spend $150 million up and down the ballot in the 2022 midterms, said Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes.
Roe has been overturned; EPA stripped of ability to fight climate change; long-standing gun law overturned; Miranda rights gutted…When rights are being rolled back, the price of gas & cost of groceries are the least of our problems. Vote Blue to save Democracy. #FreshWords
— LanaQuest aka RosaSparks (@LqLana) July 1, 2022
The Democratic Governors Association announced it had raised $200,000 after the court’s decision last week. The organization said Thursday that it was on pace to raise $1 million before the start of the long Fourth of July weekend, which is less than the other committees focused on national races. Conversely, ActBlue took in more than $71 million in just 24 hours after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, little of which went to groups working on state-level campaigns.