Report: Wendy Davis has raised over $1 million since filibuster

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who made national news in June for her 13-hour filibuster to block a strict abortion bill, has raised more than a $1 million since then, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Davis has been urged to run for Texas governor in 2014. In early August, she suggested she might do so.

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“I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: either my state Senate seat or the governor,” she said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Between her June 25 filibuster and July, Davis raised nearly $470,000 from outside of Texas, the report said. She also received $793,800 from her home state.

Most of the money was raised in July, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) opened another special session to push the abortion bill forward. Lawmakers passed the legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks, and Perry signed it into law.

Of the $470,000 in outside funds, Davis raised the most, $103,694, in California. She also raised $68,764 from New York and $59,000 from Washington, D.C.

Her biggest out-of-state donors, the report said, included Planned Parenthood and labor unions.

EMILY's List has also helped her fundraising efforts. The group, which raises money for Democratic women who support abortion rights, has had Davis speak at a number of their events.

Davis’s state Senate term is up next year, and Perry is not running for reelection.
 
On Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she’s not urging Davis to run for governor, according to local media reports. Pelosi said fundraising wouldn’t be a problem for Davis if she decides to pursue the governor's seat.

The last Democratic governor of the Lone Star State was Ann Richards, who served from 1991 to 1995. George W. Bush succeeded her.