Political participation can take many forms. One form that usually is a good predictor for what will happen in an election is campaign donations. When one party’s candidates are receiving a larger number of donations than the other, that is usually a sign that party has momentum going into the election. While there was plenty of talk among political pundits about a “red wave” forming, the donations data did not point in that direction; Democrats heavily outraised Republicans in 2022. In addition, Democrats received a boost in fundraising after the Dobbs decision showing they were gaining momentum. 2022 also many protests and rallies over the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson, another form of political participation. These protests were another signal that the Supreme Court decision was encouraging people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
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Dem Candidates Swamp GOP in House Fundraising
Congressional Fundraising Climate Favors Democrats
Senate Democrat’s Campaign Arm Sees Roe Surge, Outraises GOP Counterparts in Second Quarter
Thousands Protest End to Constitutional Right to an Abortion
New York Times
Republicans’ Small-Dollar Fundraising Sputters as Democrat’s Lead Grows
GOP’s Lackluster Fundraising Spurs Post-Election Infighting
Midterm Matchup: When It Comes to Fundraising, So Far Democrats Lead
Christian Science Monitor
Debate: Why would people want to donate money to political candidates?
What regulations on protest do you think should be allowed?
Poll: Do You Know Anyone That Attended a Protest After the Dobbs Decision?
Have you ever donated money to a political candidate?
Short Answer: What causes would you be willing to attend a protest to support?