Republican push to confirm Supreme Court justice creates fundraising windfall for Democrats

Oct 22, 2020
For the first time in decades, one strategist says, the Supreme Court has been a bigger motivator for Democrats than for Republicans.
Between July and September, Democrats raised $1.5 billion through ActBlue, more than twice the amount Republicans raised through their fundraising site, WinRed.
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Jaime Harrison raises record $57 million in S.C. Senate race against Graham

The explosion in Democratic donations has been connected to concern about the fate of the Supreme Court.
Harrison's $57 million is highest quarterly fundraising total for any Senate candidate in U.S. history.
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Political parties, outside groups pour resources into preelection legal fights

Oct 8, 2020
They're spending tens of millions of dollars in court, fighting down to the wire over absentee and mail-in ballot rules.
According to the Standford-MIT Healthy Elections Project, there are more than 300 of these cases in 44 states.
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Supreme Court battle reignites fundraising by Democrats and Republicans

Sep 22, 2020
Some campaign fundraising websites saw a spike in donations after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Volunteers work a phone bank for Joe Biden's presidential campaign. Democratic fundraising site ActBlue saw a surge in donations over the weekend after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.
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Some Democrats don't want corporate money. That's not stopping corporations.

Jan 16, 2020
Companies don't want to miss out on the 2020 race.
Six of the remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls at the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, 2020.
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"Moving Forward," an unexpected journey in U.S. politics

Dec 6, 2019
Karine Jean-Pierre's new memoir explores today's politics and asks what it can do about income equality.
The American flag flies over the U.S. Capitol.
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The business behind political donations made online

Sep 10, 2019
With more and more people donating to campaigns online, there’s more competition for who gets a slice of the fees attached to those donations.
Democratic presidential candidates on stage at the second round of primary debates in July in Detroit.
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Major political donors like the Kochs now focusing on local and state races

Aug 3, 2016
The presidential race isn't the only important one to donors.
A view of the House of Representatives Chamber in Washington, D.C. in 2015. A Koch-backed group is spending millions in Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania — states that are key to maintaining a Republican-majority Congress. 
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Wall Street's presidential politics

Feb 11, 2016
The street gives a lot of money to candidates, but what does it really get in return?
Presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have come under fire for how much money they get from Wall Street donations, but does it make that big of a difference?
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Campaign finance reform goes local

Dec 11, 2015
There's a new front in the campaign finance reform battle, and it's close to home.