EMILY’s List hauls in record funds
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EMILY’s List, a political group that promotes female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, has pulled in a record-breaking fundraising haul of $10.5 million over the past six months. 

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That’s more money than the group has ever raised during the first six months of a year without a major election cycle.

“The EMILY’s List community has spoken loud and clear — 2016 will be an historic year for women candidates up and down the ballot and across the country,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said in a statement.

“We’re seeing a huge show of strength from our more than 3 million members this year, and they’re building tremendous momentum to elect more women who are on the right side of the issues that matter to women and families. And with Republicans advancing their extreme, anti-woman agenda, never has it been more important to elect more pro-choice Democratic women at all levels.”

The statement adds that the group raised money from 60,000 donors, with an average donation of $160.

Much of the group’s enthusiasm is centered on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJustice to provide access to Comey memos to GOP lawmakers Justice Dept inspector asks US attorney to consider criminal charges for McCabe: reports 'Homeland' to drop Trump allegories in next season MORE’s bid to be the first female president. The group endorsed her bid for the Democratic nomination early on and has repeatedly pitched its fundraising list with emails about Clinton and other female congressional candidates, including Reps. Donna EdwardsDonna F. EdwardsDemocratic Senate candidate blasts own party for racial 'foghorn' Autoworkers' union endorsing Van Hollen in MD Senate race Dem leaders' hard sell pays off on omnibus MORE (Md.) and Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDuckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA Duckworth jokingly asks about Senate policy on 'duckling onesies' ahead of baby's first floor visit MORE (Ill.). 

The group’s name is an acronym for the saying “Early Money Is Like Yeast (it makes the dough rise).”