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Politics Nearly 6 million donors contributed $710 million through ActBlue in three months, group says

14:21  20 july  2020
14:21  20 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Small-dollar contributors gave $710 million to liberal causes and candidates through the online fundraising platform ActBlue between April 1 and June 30 -- a record sum that underscores growing Democratic donor energy just months before November's general election.

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Nearly half of the 5.7 million people who contributed during the second quarter were first-time ActBlue contributors, and the site processed more donations from more individual donors during the quarter than in any previous three-month period in its 16-year history, the group said.

Trump’s Big-Donor Gifts Plunge 61% As He Sits Out Virtual Events

  Trump’s Big-Donor Gifts Plunge 61% As He Sits Out Virtual Events President Donald Trump skipped all of his campaign’s virtual fundraisers in the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic while mocking Democratic nominee Joe Biden for appearing from his basement. But it looks like Biden might be laughing all the way to the bank. Trump’s receipts from high-dollar donors plunged 61% in the second quarter, to just $27 million, as he declined to appear on a livestream.Biden’s big-donor committee took in more than three times as much -- $86.4 million -- after launching in late April. He attended almost all of the events virtually, talks to donors and invites reporters to listen in.

The blizzard of activity also includes donations to racial justice groups and other organizations that have been at the forefront of the national debate about racism and policing following the May death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

Black-led advocacy organizations have reported a flood of contributions and new members in the wake of Floyd's death and the coast-to-coast protests that have followed.

"Small-dollar donors are driving change," said Erin Hill, ActBlue's executive director, in a statement. "They are engaged at historic levels and pushing for the values they care about in their communities and at all levels of government."

Biden is winning the battle for individual donors in 5 key swing states that Trump won in 2016

  Biden is winning the battle for individual donors in 5 key swing states that Trump won in 2016 Biden received more individual donations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina.The latest quarterly campaign finance filings show Biden's biggest lead is in Pennsylvania, where he received roughly 66,000 individual contributions, 21,000 more than Trump's estimated 45,000.

ActBlue officials declined to disclose what share of the second-quarter fundraising went directly to candidates and other political organizations. But recent fundraising reports highlight Democrats' fundraising advantage over Republicans in some of the nation's most competitive Senate contests.

In all five Senate contests considered toss-ups by the Cook Political Report -- races in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Maine and Montana -- Democratic challengers outraised Republican incumbent senators during the April-to-June fundraising quarter, according to candidate filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Democrats need a net gain of just four seats to seize the chamber from Republicans or three if Democrat Joe Biden wins the presidency and his vice president breaks ties in a 50-50 Senate.

Republicans have sought to catch up to Democrats' online advantage.

WinRed, launched last year as a conservative counterweight to ActBlue, raised more than $275 million for Republican candidates in the second quarter, the group previously announced. That set a record for the GOP platform.

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