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Democratic Fundraisers Donate $91 Million in 28 Hours After Ginsburg Dies

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Democratic Fundraisers Donate $91 Million in 28 Hours After Ginsburg Dies

2020-09-21 22:42:59

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Image source R. Michael Jenkins via Wikimedia Commons)


To show the impact of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, $91 million was raised by Democratic fundraisers in the 28 hours after she died on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Known affectionately as "The Notorious RBG," she was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton. It had been former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, his wife, who encouraged him to nominate Ginsburg.

She was confirmed by an unprecedented 96 to 3 vote in 1993 to become just the second woman on the high court. She was known to work tirelessly for the equality of all, specifically for women. This made her a true icon.

Her death came as a crushing blow. Many were holding out hope for her to survive long enough to see Donald Trump leave office, whether in 2021 or 2025. Ginsburg shared with her granddaughter just a few days before she died that her greatest wish would be for her successor to be named by the president who wins the November election.

With health care on the line as well as abortion rights, Ginsburg's voice was needed in the Supreme Court. Democrats desperately want her replaced by another liberal, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Trump have other plans and have vowed to push a replacement through before the election.

Out of the fear of how this will turn out, there was $6.3 million donated in just one hour after it was announced Ginsburg had died, according to ActBlue, an online fundraising platform. $70.6 million was raised on Saturday. Both of these numbers set records, as Ginsburg continues to raise the bar, even after her death. The previous daily record was $42 million and the previous hourly record $4 million.

"The record-breaking response we've seen from small-dollar donors shows that the left is eager to fulfill her final wish and ready to fight back against Trump and McConnell's vow to push through a Supreme Court nominee," said ActBlue Executive Director Erin Hill in a statement.

"Grassroots donors are fired up and investing in taking back the Senate majority and the White House, electing Democratic candidates up and down the ballot and bolstering organizations on the frontlines of the impending judicial confirmation fight."

More than 1.2 million contributions were made by donors on Saturday, according to the group, setting another one-day record.

ActBlue raised more than $3 billion for Democratic causes through the end of August, the group said earlier this month. More than 4 million donors dropped money for Democrats the month before. That was four times higher than the equivalent in 2016.

To date, more than 12 million donors have contributed to Democratic groups since the beginning of 2019. Comparing it to the same time frame before the 2016 election, just more than 4 million donors had given money. 

It shows that Democrats are determined to make this one a fight. 2020 is a fight for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, for control of the Senate, and now control over Ginsburg's empty Supreme Court seat.

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