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Washington Watch: Democrats, abortion-rights groups score surge in donations after news that Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade

Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue said that small-dollar donors gave $12 million in the wake of news that the Supreme Court looks poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. That surge in giving coincides with predictions that the high court’s move could boost Democratic turnout in November’s midterm elections.

Donors gave that total to “abortion funds” and “reproductive-justice groups,” as well as Democratic candidates, ActBlue tweeted Wednesday. Their contributions came between around 8:30 p.m. Eastern Monday (when Politico first published a leaked draft majority opinion) and midnight Tuesday.

Republicans have been expected to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November, and the GOP had been getting good odds for taking back the U.S. Senate, too.

But analysts now say Democrats could fare better than had been anticipated, as their base appears be energized if the high court in fact overrules the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

See: Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade would boost Democratic turnout for midterm elections, analysts say

ActBlue has previously disclosed surges in donations after major news. The fundraising platform reported getting $100 million from small-dollar donors in the wake of iconic liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death in September 2020, with that amount coming between about 8 p.m. Eastern on a Friday and 10 a.m. Eastern the following Sunday.

Republicans and Democrats are both aiming to raise money off the Supreme Court news, with the National Republican Senate Committee saying on a WinRed webpage — the GOP counterpart to ActBlue — that the draft opinion “was LEAKED so that Democrats can pass multiple items on their radical agenda.” The NRSC added that supporters should “contribute just $25 to stand with Senate Republicans.”

Now read: Biden reiterates concern about other rights after leaked Supreme Court opinion

And see: Opinion: If the Supreme Court’s plan to reverse Roe is pro-child, where’s the help to ease child-care costs?

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