For the past few weeks the media has been talking loudly about how the very worst of insurrectionist Republicans are being rewarded with record setting campaign donations. Palmer Report urged everyone to put this into proper context, because these days just about everyone is receiving record donations.
Sure enough, ActBlue – which raises money for Democratic candidates – now says it raised a whopping $314 million dollars in the first quarter of this year:
(!!!) ActBlue just reported small-dollar donors raised $314M for 10,603 campaigns and organizations in Q1 2021. That's the best start to an election cycle in ActBlue's history. https://t.co/MzVntRevzj pic.twitter.com/xAfYXC3g55
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) April 19, 2021
That’s nearly a third of a billion dollars in just one quarter. It’s also nearly twice what ActBlue raised in the first quarter of 2019. So whenever you hear these ominous media reports about the Republicans raising seemingly insurmountable amounts of money, keep in mind that the Democrats are also raising huge amounts of money – it just doesn’t get the same kind of media coverage.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report