The Democratic money just keeps flowing.
Small-dollar contributors have given more than $300 million to Democratic candidates and causes since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, an ActBlue spokesperson said Monday.
Liberal donors already had broken ActBlue records for dollars raised in a single day in the immediate aftermath of Ginsburg’s death. And Democratic strategists say the money that keeps coming is fueling campaigns up and down the ballot.
Catherine Vaughan, co-executive director of Swing Left, a Democratic group focused on flipping control of the US Senate to Democrats and shaping state legislative contests, said donations typically rise closer to Election Day. But Ginsburg’s death “caused everyone to jolt to attention and really get involved,” Vaughan told CNN.
In the six days immediately following Ginsburg’s passing, Swing Left directed $2 million in new donations to US Senate races and more than $1 million to state legislative contests, much of it to flip seats in Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas and Iowa.
In addition to focusing on key US Senate battlegrounds, Swing Left also is helping send money to Democratic challengers in traditionally red states — South Carolina, Kansas and Alaska — that it now views as “expansion targets.”
In South Carolina — a state President Trump won by 14 percentage points in 2016 — Democrat Jaime Harrison has consistently outraised Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham – prompting Graham to make urgent appeals for donations on Fox News in recent days. (On Monday, the main super PAC supporting the election of Democrats to the Senate announced that it would spend $6.5 million in South Carolina — another sign that Democrats view the seat as winnable.)
Another liberal fundraising effort, GiveGreen, said it has collected more than $37 million to support its favored candidates as of Monday morning — more than four times the $8 million it raised during the 2016 election, official say.
A little more than $18 million of GiveGreen���s haul to date will aid Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign for the White House. More than $12 million is going to US House and Senate campaigns.
Voters concerned about climate issues “are increasingly energized and motivated,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters.
GiveGreen is a project of the LCV’s Victory Fund, a political action committee linked to the National Resource Defense Council and NextGen America, a group created by Democratic billionaire and former presidential candidate Tom Steyer.