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Dems claim fundraising boost in wake of ACA decision
Posted Jul 5, 2012 by William March
Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 04:20 PM
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, Republicans at both the state and national levels said the decision would help them in the 2012 elections by energizing their base voters—see here.
But the national Democratic Party is saying, similarly, that the decision produced a strong fundraising wave for their congressional and Senate candidates.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which raises money for Democratic Senate candidates nationwide, said it pulled in $2.5 million in the 48 hours following the decision. It said its online donations broke the one-day record on the Thursday of the decision, then broke that record again the Saturday after the ruling.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which raises money for House candidates, said much the same thing: $2.3 million from nearly 65,000 donations from the Thursday of the decision until the following Saturday, including a one-day record for donations on Saturday.
Both organizations said their fundraising was fueled by promises of Republicans to seek repeal of the act.