Opponents, advocates spent $22 million on Kansas abortion vote
More than $22 million was spent on a ballot question this month regarding an amendment that would have gotten rid of abortion protections in the state's constitution, per AP.
Driving the news: Abortion rights supporters spent $11.3 million on a campaign that successfully defeated the proposed amendment, while abortion opponents backing the measure spent nearly $11.1 million, AP reported, citing finance reports.
Of note: Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg contributed $25,000 to the effort opposing the proposed amendment, AP reported. Spielberg's wife, actress Kate Capshaw, also gave another $25,000.
- Former New York City Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg contributed $1.25 million.
- The Sixteen Thirty Fund, which finances liberal causes, gave about $1.5 million, according to AP.
The other side: Roman Catholic dioceses and the Kansas Catholic Conference contributed more than $4.3 million to efforts supporting the proposed amendment.
The big picture: It was the first time since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade that U.S. voters cast ballots on abortion.
Background: On Aug. 2, Kansas voters rejected the amendment that would have added language to the state Constitution that said that "[b]ecause Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion."
- Republican activists forced a recount although it won't change the outcome of the vote due to the margins.