DC Memo: Democrats hope for campaign gold rush on abortion ruling

WASHINGTON — In the hours after the Supreme Court released its decision quashing Roe vs. WadeDemocrats, especially those in tight races for governor and Congress like Rep. Angie Craig, have made urgent fundraising appeals that appear to have touched a nerve with Democratic donors.

“My opponent Tyler Kistner calls himself ‘100% pro-life’ and will gladly support the Republican agenda to ban abortion if he wins,” Craig’s appeal said. “He refuses to defend access to abortion. That’s why it couldn’t be more important to guard MN-02 and the Blue House at this critical time in our nation’s history.

Republicans like Kistner, who told MinnPost he’s ‘pro-life’ but would support abortion if a mother’s life was in danger and in rape and incest cases, are now the foils Democratic calls filling email boxes and social media feeds.

Democrats like Craig hope to capitalize on the fear and anger that many pro-choice Democrats feel, not just over the loss of constitutional abortion rights and new threats to abortion rights in state legislatures and Congress, but also about the lock that conservative justices now hold. The court of first instance.

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“(As) GOP-led state legislatures pass more extreme anti-abortion laws and congressional Republicans push for a nationwide ban, it’s clear that denying women the right to control their own bodies is the priority. of the Republican Party,” Craig said in his fundraising email.

Like other appeals, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s fundraising effort asked for as little as $10 “to win in November.”

“Our Republican opponents have pledged to ban abortion entirely if they win, make the governor’s office the last line of defense against an abortion ban in Minnesota,” Walz said.

And, in a text message on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent almost immediately after the court ruling deer decision, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked contributors to donate $15 to “defeat all Republicans for what they’ve done.”

A small group of Republicans are raising money on the prospect that Democrats in Congress will seek to codify abortion rights – something that was attempted last month but failed in the US Senate.

Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-7ewho joined a GOP press conference to salute the Supreme Court on the day of his deer decision, did not directly ask for campaign donations, but placed a button on an abortion-related campaign email that allowed supporters to request a yard sign. Those who wanted a garden sign were directed to a page with a “donate” button.

“While we should undoubtedly celebrate today’s watershed moment, we must also be mindful of the vitriol and unpredictable retaliation from the radical left,” Fischbach’s appeal said. “Left politicians have already called for expanding the Supreme Court, removing Justice Kavanaugh, and ending the filibuster in the United States Senate.”

High-profile events, such as the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, can lead to huge spikes in donations.

But it’s clear that the abortion issue is causing more Democrats to write checks than Republicans. After a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked on May 3, the DCCC’s fundraising pace picked up. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed the DCCC had raised nearly $12 million in the month of May. Meanwhile, its GOP counterpart, the Republican National Committee of Congress led by Rep. Tom Emmer, R-6e, only raised about $9 million that month. The fundraising gap is likely to widen now that Roe’s the reversal is official.

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In her fundraising email, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-4ereminded potential donors that she had voted to codify deer in law “and I will never stop fighting to protect the right to abortion”.

“But I can’t do it alone. This is the time for everyone to stand up and demand federal action so we can finally get this done,” McCollum said.

McCollum’s chief of staff and campaign adviser Bill Harper said the appeal raised nearly $10,000 in one day.

“(That’s) a really good response for us, especially since all of the federal and state Democrats in Minnesota were sending out similar emails,” Harper said.

He also said young pro-choice women may have taken to the streets to protest, but older, wealthier women were more likely to open their checkbooks.

“When we launched our appeal, we received maximum donations from women who had not donated to our campaign before,” Harper said.

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Ketchup on the wall

In addition to the fallout from the overthrow of the Supreme Court by Roe v. WadeWashington DC has been rocked by revelations from a surprise witness at a hastily arranged Jan. 6 special committee hearing this week.

Cassidy Hutchinson, who was a top aide to Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, told lawmakers that former President Donald Trump, in a fit of desperation, tried to take control of a presidential SUV with the goal of reaching the US Capitol. a mob tried to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.

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Hutchinson also said that Trump and members of his entourage were warned of the potential for violence on January 6 and that the president threw his lunch against the wall in the Oval Office dining room after learning that the attorney general of the At the time William Barr told the Associated Press in December 2020 there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Hutchinson said she and a White House valet cleaned the ketchup off the wall .

Trump called Hutchinson a liar in a series of posts on Truth Social, a social media account created by his allies after he was banned from Twitter following the Jan. 6 attack.

“His fake story…is ‘sick’ and fraudulent,” he wrote.

The January 6 hearings were scheduled to be postponed this week and next as the US House and US Senate are recessed and extended on July 4. Hearings will continue when Congress resumes. But there is little evidence that they change their minds much in a country entrenched in partisan camps.

A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 64% of those polled said the attack was planned rather than spontaneous. Democrats said 84% and Independents 61% said the attack was planned. Republican respondents were split, with 49% saying it was planned and 46% saying it was spontaneous.

But Americans were split on whether or not they thought Trump had committed a crime with his effort to change the results of the 2020 presidential election, with 46% saying he had committed a crime and 47% saying he had committed a crime. he had not committed a crime. The results are essentially unchanged from an April 6, 2022 Quinnipiac University poll, taken weeks before the first January 6 hearing.

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Emmer has a (partial) victory on the issue of prison health

Despite the political polarization, Rep. Tom Emmer won a bipartisan victory on a bill he sponsored with a Maryland Democrat, Rep. David Trone.

Emmer, one of the most active House Republicans on mental health issues, had sponsored a bill that would allow people incarcerated in pretrial jails to remain on Medicaid. Currently, inmates must be transferred to any health program offered by the institution holding them. This could be disruptive for those who are undergoing treatment for mental health issues.

But just before the US House adjourned for a two-week break, it approved – as part of a broader package of mental health measures – legislation allowing detained minors to continue to receive Medicaid-funded mental health care pending trial. Although it’s only a partial victory — adult inmates would still lose their Medicaid coverage under the legislation — Emmer said the bill “will help our local law enforcement agencies better manage the shockingly high percentage of detainees suffering from mental illness”.

“Persons in pretrial detention are, by definition, presumed innocent,” he said in a speech to the US Houses. “For procedural reasons, we should not deny essential health benefits to anyone who has not been convicted of a crime.”

Approved by a vote of 402 to 20, the Mental Health and Wellness Hope Act Expand and modify programs, grants and activities focused on mental and behavioral health.

Among other things, the bill would also expand access to treatment for opioid and other substance use by eliminating a provision that generally requires people to be addicted to opioids for at least a year before being admitted. to an opioid treatment program.

With his approval of the Mental Health and Wellness Hope Act, the House also advanced another measure sponsored by Emmer and Trone. It would create an office within the Department of Health and Human Services that would streamline behavioral health crisis response.

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