Wendy Davis raked in almost $1 million after filibuster
POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013 - 6:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 5:52pm
(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.