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Morning Consult: EMILY’s List Announces Record Fundraising Haul

July 18, 2016

Morning Consult: EMILY’s List Announces Record Fundraising Haul

by Eli Yokley

With Democratic women taking a prominent role in this year’s elections, EMILY’s List raised $26.82 million in the first half of 2016, its largest haul in that period of time since its founding in 1985, the group told Morning Consult on Monday.

The group, which offers fundraising and organizational support to Democratic women, raised $6.14 million in June alone, money it hopes will help propel Hillary Clinton and candidates it supports in top House and Senate races to victory.

“When you look at what Donald Trump is saying about women, and the dangerous policies Republicans up and down the ballot are touting, there’s more excitement and engagement than ever to bring more Democratic women’s voices to our government and elect Hillary Clinton to the White House,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of the organization, in a statement.

The group’s fundraising in the first half of the year eclipse its previous record by $9 million, a spokeswoman said.

Trump’s rise within the Republican ranks has put a spring in the step of Democrats, who believe his place at the top of the ticket will boost their own chances. And donors are stepping up to the plate.

While Republican incumbents have more money in the bank, several of the candidates EMILY’s List is supporting – such as Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire and Deborah Ross in North Carolina – out-raised their Republican rivals.