A committee that aims to support Democrats in upcoming legislative battles in redistricting tied to the 2020 census has brought in $10.8 million in its July financial filing.
The group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, is looking ahead to redistricting after the 2020 census, in anticipation of redrawing lines to shift the balance of legislative power. The committee plans to coordinate activists and interest groups in Democratic state legislator and governor’s races, Politico is reporting.
The $10.8 million comes from a number of major donors, although the committee said that the money came from 10,000 donors overall, with small-amount donors contributing after the group was officially set up, the website noted.
The major donors included Chicago’s Fred Eychaner and Florida’s Donald Sussman, who each gave $500,000. Movie director J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath gave $125,000 each, Politico reports.
The committee, run by former Attorney General Eric Holder, also plans to help with legal challenges in states and at the Supreme Court level.
“The NDRC’s significant fundraising in its first six months will allow us to take on gerrymandering and reform our electoral system. This will be done through our courts, at the ballot box, and through support of ballot initiatives that create nonpartisan commissions and other electoral reforms,” Holder said, according to Politico.
Former President Barack Obama was the headliner of a July 10 fundraiser for the committee.
He plans to support the group’s efforts against “unfair gerrymandering practices that leave too many American voters feeling voiceless in the electoral process,” said spokesman Kevin Lewis.