Abrams voting rights group continues fundraising success, even during pandemic

Candidates may be having problems raising money during the coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t seem to have slowed down the political action committee for Fair Fight, the voting rights group founded by former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams.

The PAC reported Thursday that it raised about $2.1 million from thousands of donors over the past three months.

Of the $1.6 million raised from named donors - those who have given $100 or more - almost $500,000 came during April, the month much of the country’s economy was shut down due to the pandemic.

It was also a month of heavy publicity for Abrams, who has jockeyed to be presumptive Democratic presidential  nominee Joe Biden’s running mate in the November general election. 

The three-month haul left the PAC for Fair Fight, which advocates for fair elections, with $11.7 million in the bank, according to disclosures filed Thursday.

Overall, the group has raised about $22 million since being formed in the wake of Abrams’ narrow loss to Gov. Brian Kemp in the 2018 elections.

The group filed a federal lawsuit in 2018 alleging widespread voting problems, including broken-down machines, long lines, inaccurate results, canceled absentee ballots and voter registrations that either had been canceled or had gone missing.

As was the case for her gubernatorial campaign, much of the  money from those who contributed $100 or more came from outside of Georgia. Abrams’ campaign had national fundraising appeal, and the same has been true of Fair Fight.

The Fair Fight PAC continued donating heavily to state Democratic parties across the country in recent months. The Democratic Party of Georgia has received about $630,000 from Fair Fight since the PAC was formed.

Fair Fight has put more than $2 million into funding, training and supporting “voter protection teams” in about 20 battleground states. 

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