Stacey Abrams’ voting rights group raises $3.9 million in six months

The political action committee for Fair Fight Action, the voting rights groups started by Stacey Abrams last year after she narrowly lost the governor’s race, raised $3.9 million during the first six months of the year.

Abrams shifted $1 million from her campaign to the group after ending her bid to contest Brian Kemp’s election, and since then Fair Fight PAC has continued to raise big money nationally, with a vast majority of the group’s contributions coming from outside of Georgia.

Over $1 million alone came from Palo Alto, Calf. physician and philanthropist Karla Jurvetson.

The group’s political action committee reported about $1.1. million on hand as of June 30 after spending $3 million, much of it on contributions to several groups and candidates, consultants and staff.

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It also gave more than $1 million to the group’s non-profit wing.The report's expenditures also show more than $100,000 going to Georgia-based pro-choice groups. The Georgia General Assembly this year passed House Bill 481, which outlaws abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy -- once fetal cardiac activity is detected -- and before many women know they are pregnant. Kemp signed the bill in May, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a lawsuit last month challenging the law, which is scheduled to go into effect in January.

"Fair Fight PAC is grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from across Georgia and around the country," said Fair Fight CEO Lauren Groh-Wargo. "Fair Fight is advocating for voting rights, supporting progressive organizing and advocacy, and keeping the heat on those who suppress the vote.”