Wendy Davis raked in almost $1 million after filibuster
July 15th, 2013
04:09 PM ET
9 months ago

Wendy Davis raked in almost $1 million after filibuster

(CNN) – Her quest to stop a bill placing new restrictions on abortions may have been stymied, but Texas Sen. Wendy Davis is seeing an upside: a spike in fundraising.

The Democrat brought in $933,000 between June 17 and June 30, according to figures provided by her political organization. That brought her cash-on-hand to more than a million dollars.

"I am grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support," Davis wrote in a statement. "Texans from around the state have been generous with their contributions, enthusiastic with their support, and committed to joining me in the fight for the priorities of Texas families."

Davis spoke for more than 10 hours on June 25 to stall legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill also mandates that abortion clinics in Texas become ambulatory surgical centers, tightens usage guidelines for the drug RU486, and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they're providing such services.

That filibuster helped prevent the bill from coming to a vote in the Senate, forcing Gov. Rick Perry to call a special legislative session to re-consider the abortion measure. It was approved by both chambers last week, and Perry is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.

Davis, who acknowledged to CNN last week the bill was likely to pass in the end, saw her political profile skyrocket after the filibuster. Many named her as a potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. EMILY's List, a group tasked with electing Democratic women to office, placed her on a list of potential female presidential candidates.

In her campaign finance report, Davis said she had received a total of 15,290 contributions, the vast majority of which were under $50.

Much of the cash, however, came from out of state. Only 4,900 contributions came from Texas, totaling $580,000 out of her nearly million-dollar haul.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Time to announce your candidacy for governor Sen. Davis

    July 15, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Again, this bill does not allow for any exceptions after 20 weeks. It's a flat out ban. It's a slippery slope. Get rid of exceptions, then you cut it to 16 weeks, then 12 weeks, and before you know it abortion is totally banned.

    July 15, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Dallas

    Sen. Davis – please run for governor. 12 years of Perry was enough and Greg Abbott is no better, in fact he may be worse – Perry is not all that bright but Abbott is a smart man with dangerous views. You in the race would give us a fighting chance. Texas has been red for too long!

    July 15, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    How does that compare to the $ Rep. Joe Wilson(S. Carolina) took in for yelling, "You Lie" when PRESIDENT Obama was speaking to a Joint Session of Congress ?

    July 15, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Larry L

    Sen. Davis has my vote – and will get more of my money. Texas needs to rid itself of "Oops Perry" and his band of pay-to-play thieves. If the Feds woulde just follow the money they'll see the most crooked in any state since Huey Long.

    July 15, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Stop the Murdering of Babies, Stop the Democrat War on Babies

    So does she oppose the death penalty for convicted criminals, murders, rapists??? And then doe she support the murdering of the most innocent among us, defenseless babies that cannot raise a finger in their defense?

    Sorry, you will NEVER be elected in Texas.

    July 15, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic... I better move to somewhere.

    July 15, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    she'd better give it to whomever is going to be the democratic presidential nominee in 2016.
    Why ?
    Because She doesn't have a snowballs chance – down here. Remember, Perry was a Democrat, when he first came to the Texas Legislature, in 1985 – but when the repubs wined & dined him, he knew he needed to change his politics. It's going to take a heck of a lot more than 1 million – in a State like Texas. She better send the money to where it would get the most use.

    July 15, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    She's got over a year to fundraise, and the Right is WAY overconfident. I think even TX has had enough of under-performing oafs in the Governor's mansion.

    July 15, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    Let Texas form its own Theocratic cult country/state and leave the rest of the country to have freedom of religion.

    July 15, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Again, this bill does not allow for any exceptions after 20 weeks. It's a flat out ban. It's a slippery slope. Get rid of exceptions, then you cut it to 16 weeks, then 12 weeks, and before you know it abortion is totally banned."

    VA just witnessed the largest abortion provider/women's health facility in the state close down for good because of the deliberate legislative attempts to make it financially impossible to run these facilities by mandating all sorts of medical requirements that are considered superfluous and unnecessary by the medical community. TX will follow suit and they'll be left with like 5 clinics total. The only way this stops is when enough of these GOPers/Teatrolls' children start dying from sepsis from back alley abortions. The SCOTUS is split on this issue and Kennedy has proven a completely unpredictable imbecile in many ways. His VRA swing-vote shows that he can't be trusted to uphold precedent or make decisions based on the facts, so we're going to have to wait until the consequences of this religio-fascist nonsense come back to haunt those who supported it.

    July 15, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. Mammy

    That'll abort a lot of babies.

    July 15, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Sophie Meyer

    Rudy NYC

    "Again, this bill does not allow for any exceptions after 20 weeks. It's a flat out ban. It's a slippery slope. Get rid of exceptions, then you cut it to 16 weeks, then 12 weeks, and before you know it abortion is totally banned."

    Closing 37 of the 42 clinics as they're doing is essentially doing the same thing. Between this legislation, and the war they waged on Planned Parenthood, they are simply limiting the availability of health care and family planning services for TX women. It's regressive legislation that hurts the availability of women's health care.

    July 15, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Bill

    The days of back alley abortions will soon come to Texas to replace the clinics that will have to close. I suppose these GOP clowns think that is better.

    July 15, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Governor Davis sounds good !

    She would make Austin proud !

    July 15, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. just askin

    Sniffit
    VA just witnessed the largest abortion provider/women's health facility in the state close down for good because of the deliberate legislative attempts to make it financially impossible to run these facilities by mandating all sorts of medical requirements that are considered superfluous and unnecessary by the medical community
    -–

    but obamacare does the very same thing and you claimed it was a good thing. make up your mind. it mandated increased health plan coverage and thus costs for people that didn't want certain coverage, yet are now forced to pay for it.

    July 15, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. rs

    Hmmmm. Pass the most radical law on abortion that abridges Women's Rights, and one Democratic candidate picks up $1 million in less than two weeks.

    To GOPpers- do you all see the lessoon in there?

    July 15, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |