ACLU to spend $25 million on November elections, pro-abortion measures

The ACLU will support proposed ballot measures to amend state constitutions to protect abortion in eight states.

Published: June 5, 2024 7:04pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) plans to spend more than $25 million on the November elections and will particularly focus on pro-abortion state constitutional amendments.

This year, the ACLU is spending the largest amount of money it ever has on elections, Deirdre Schifeling, ACLU’s chief political and advocacy officer, told NBC News.

“What our team is building at the ACLU in a new way is the ability to go on offense. To not just defend civil rights and civil liberties, but to go out and win civil rights and civil liberties,” Schifeling added. "By shaping our electoral environment by communicating with voters about electing the person who’s going to actually support civil rights and civil liberties.”

The ACLU will support proposed ballot measures to amend state constitutions to protect abortion in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and New York, as well as Ohio redistricting reform efforts.

The civil liberties group will also focus on state legislative races in Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin, state Supreme Court races in Arizona, Michigan, Montana, Ohio and North Carolina, and the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin.

Prior to this year, the largest investment the ACLU made in an election cycle was 2020, when it spent $16 million. The ACLU has created its first federal super PAC, the ACLU Voter Education Fund, which will disburse the funds.

The money will go to digital ads, direct mail, door-to-door canvassing, radio ads, and grassroots organizing.

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