Democratic Party's online fundraising raked in half a billion in 3 months

Abortion-rights demonstrators protest in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 25, 2022 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: Abortion-rights demonstrators protest in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Brandon Bell/Getty Images
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The Democratic Party has raised about $513 million through their ActBlue online fundraising program in the second fiscal quarter from April 1 through July 30.

The organization tweeted the update on Wednesday morning, adding that there have been over 11.8 million contributions from about 2.8 million "small-dollar donors" with an average amount of $43.31 per donation.

Of that half a billion dollars in donations, Act Blue said that small-dollar donors gave a total of $20.6 million on June 24 -- the day the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case, which overturned abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade.

It was "ActBlue’s largest day of the 2022 cycle by contributions and dollars raised," the organization tweeted.

ActBlue posted a blog to their website with other details about their huge second quarter of donations, and said that their biggest days of donations came after a major event.

"Our numbers showed an influx of first-time donors in May and June 2022, as people stepped up to act," ActBlue said in the blog post. "For example, eight out of ten of the biggest days of the cycle for first-time donors occurred in the days following the Dobbs opinion, the Uvalde, TX shooting, and the Dobbs draft opinion leak."

According to CBS News, there was a total of $89 million donated to ActBlue in the six days after the SCOTUS decision on June 24.

"The overturning of Roe v. Wade and the push in Republican-led states to restrict or eliminate abortion access and attack civil rights have rapidly mobilized small-dollar donors," Erin Hill, the outgoing Executive Director of ActBlue, told CBS.

"Donors are rallying around these issues – from preserving LGBTQIA2S+ rights to voting rights and more – they're getting engaged at the local level and focusing on competitive races ahead of November," Hill added.

ActBlue said in their blog post that the contributions and total dollar amount in the second quarter are both more than double that was donated during the same time in 2018.

"By comparison, WinRed, ActBlue's main Republican online fundraising counterpart, processed $155.8 million in the second quarter of 2022," CBS News noted.

Overall, ActBlue has raised more than $2.1 billion in 2022 so far through the second quarter, compared to about $2.3 billion in 2020 and more than $912 million in 2018.

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