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Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death

Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death
© Greg Nash

Democrats saw a massive fundraising spike in the hours following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in 2020 election The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE, a jurist who had been lionized by progressives over her liberal stances on the high court.

ActBlue, the Democratic Party’s online donation platform, broke a single-hour fundraising record on Friday night when donors flooded it with $6.3 million in donations. In total, between the hours of 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, the platform had processed nearly $31 million, ActBlue confirmed to The Hill.

The tally kept on the platform’s homepage continues to rise by the second.

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Donations processed through ActBlue can go to several Democratic candidates for office up and down the ballot as well as a slate of liberal groups.

WinRed, ActBlue’s GOP equivalent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding any fundraising it’s seen since Ginsburg’s death.

Ginsburg, 87, died Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was just the second woman nominated to the Supreme Court and served on the high court for 27 years.

Her death is expected to spark a fiercely partisan fight over whether the Senate will confirm a replacement around the same time as the November elections.

Democrats have said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Ky.) set a precedent in 2016 when he and Senate Republicans did not hold a confirmation hearing for Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE, then-President Obama’s pick to join the high court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Republicans argued at the time that it was improper to confirm a new justice in an election year, saying whoever won that year's contest should make the appointment instead of Obama.

Still, McConnell and President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE have both said they intend to work to confirm a new justice this year, arguing this year is different from 2016 because the same party holds both the Senate and the White House.

“Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise,” McConnell said in a statement Friday. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” 

The partisan fight has the possibility of having repercussions beyond just confirming another Supreme Court justice, with Democrats saying there could be retaliation against the GOP if they take the Senate majority in the November elections.

“Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court,” tweeted Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes Senate Republicans offer constitutional amendment to block Supreme Court packing MORE (D-Mass.), a progressive who just fended off a primary challenge from the more mainstream Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyPresidential debate proves the power of the climate movement Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death Massachusetts town clerk resigns after delays to primary vote count MORE (D-Mass.).