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Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
Congress
Maloney Wins Race to Lead House Democrats' Campaign Arm
2020-12-03 18:11:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, of New York, won a close race to lead the House Democrats' campaign arm during the 117th Congress, narrowly defeating Rep. Tony Cárdenas, of California, 119-107 in a secret ballot. The outcome of the... Read More

Trump Campaign Downsizing, Letting Most Staffers Go
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Downsizing, Letting Most Staffers Go

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's campaign is downsizing and letting most of its staffers go this weekend, with the exception of aides who are helping with election-related litigation efforts. Some aides who work at the campaign's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, were informed this week... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Makes Last Push Contributions In Name of Party Unity
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Makes Last Push Contributions In Name of Party Unity
2020-10-31 14:15:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, the NewDem Action Fund has backed 31 congressional candidates by either adding them to its "watch list" or fully endorsing them. But on Friday night came word the fund, the... Read More

Biden Forces Overwhelming Trump Team in Final Burst of TV Ad Spending
Campaigns
Biden Forces Overwhelming Trump Team in Final Burst of TV Ad Spending

The financial woes of President Donald Trump's campaign have forced him to scale back his television advertising in Florida, Iowa and Nevada just as Joe Biden and his allies are pouring huge sums of money into a final burst of TV spots across every battleground state. The former vice... Read More

Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service
2020 Elections
Ads Distort Gordon's Military Service
2020-10-27 20:25:00
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A pair of advertisements, one funded by... Read More

Trump, Stirring Up More Chaos in Final Stretch, May be Exhausting the Voters He Needs
2020 Elections
Trump, Stirring Up More Chaos in Final Stretch, May be Exhausting the Voters He Needs

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - In the final throes of an increasingly daunting reelection campaign, President Donald Trump is revving up his rally schedule and whipping his supporters into a frenzy with the type of nonstop outrage that helped make him the most... Read More

Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half Its Cash in September
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half Its Cash in September

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's campaign burned through almost half of its cash in September, as his reelection effort cut back on advertising in some key battleground states and he lags in the polls behind his much better-funded Democratic adversary, Joe Biden. The latest... Read More

Trump Battleground State Ad Distorts Biden Position on Guns
2020 Elections
Trump Battleground State Ad Distorts Biden Position on Guns
2020-10-20 21:46:27
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] President Donald Trump's re-election campaign claims in... Read More

Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'
State News
Whitmer Asks Trump to 'Bring the Heat Down,' Says He's Inciting 'Domestic Terrorism'

DETROIT -- A day after President Donald Trump prompted "lock her up" chants against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in Muskegon, Whitmer implored the president and other officials to "bring the heat down." Whitmer told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the chant, which usually was reserved for former Democratic Presidential... Read More

Phone a Friend: Democrats Look Beyond Campaign Volunteers to Boost Turnout
2020 Elections
Phone a Friend: Democrats Look Beyond Campaign Volunteers to Boost Turnout

WASHINGTON — An average voter might not listen to a campaign volunteer calling to say that this is the most important election of their lifetime. Voters have heard that line before. But that voter might be more inclined to listen... Read More

Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020 Elections
Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020-10-13 20:42:33
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A television ad the Trump reelection campaign... Read More

Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
Political News
Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
2020-10-12 14:33:43
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an independent non-profit organization, released its anticipated report on the estimated costs of both Trump’s and Biden’s campaign plans last week. Not surprisingly, they are very expensive plans.  Both candidates have... Read More

Report of Trump’s Tax-Dodging Bolsters Biden’s ‘Scranton v. Park Avenue’ Campaign Message
Political News
Report of Trump’s Tax-Dodging Bolsters Biden’s ‘Scranton v. Park Avenue’ Campaign Message

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign is capitalizing on revelations that President Donald Trump has paid little or no federal income taxes for years, amplifying the Democratic nominee’s message that the 2020 election is a choice between the working-class he came... Read More

Trump Campaign Slashes Ad Spending in Key States in Cash Crunch
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Slashes Ad Spending in Key States in Cash Crunch

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign is scaling back its television advertising spending and in some cases abandoning it altogether for now in key states, facing a cash crunch brought on by huge investments in staff and operations. Trump’s reelection... Read More

‘A Very Fine Line:’ As Trump Ramps Up Campaign Travel, Biden Weighs Risks and Rewards
2020 Elections
‘A Very Fine Line:’ As Trump Ramps Up Campaign Travel, Biden Weighs Risks and Rewards

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign has decided their candidate should resume traveling around the country. But entering the two-month homestretch of the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic nominee’s top aides are still debating how often he should be visiting key... Read More

DOJ Puts New Limits on Spying Authority Trump Called ‘Witch Hunt’
Justice
DOJ Puts New Limits on Spying Authority Trump Called ‘Witch Hunt’

The Justice Department announced a sweeping set of controls on surveillance activities, especially those targeting elected officials, candidates for federal office or their staff and advisers. The new restrictions announced in memos Tuesday by Attorney General William Barr reflect his... Read More

Trump, Pence Campaign Events Signal Lax Approach to Virus
Campaigns
Trump, Pence Campaign Events Signal Lax Approach to Virus

DES MOINES (AP) — Sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder, some without face masks, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump jammed into an airplane hangar for an Arizona campaign event this week, ignoring the advice of Trump's own health... Read More

Democratic Convention Features Pleas for Unity, Attacks on Trump
2020 Elections
Democratic Convention Features Pleas for Unity, Attacks on Trump

MILWAUKEE — Democrats opened their four-day national convention Monday with relentless attacks on President Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis and stoking of racial divisions, enlisting Republican defectors, Democratic rivals and ordinary Americans to broaden support for Joe Biden’s... Read More

Most Latinos Haven’t Heard From Biden or Trump Campaigns About Voting, New Poll Finds
2020 Elections
Most Latinos Haven’t Heard From Biden or Trump Campaigns About Voting, New Poll Finds

MIAMI — Despite highly publicized efforts by Democrats and Republicans to win over Hispanic voters, a new national and swing states poll has found that a majority of Florida’s Hispanic voters have yet to be contacted about the November election.... Read More

Trump Adds Grandiose Promises to Campaign Pitch
Campaigns
Trump Adds Grandiose Promises to Campaign Pitch

WASHINGTON — The payroll tax, a bedrock of the American retirement system since 1941, will end as soon as President Donald Trump is reelected, he promised last weekend. A new Iran nuclear deal will come to pass a month after... Read More

‘Extraordinarily Nasty’: Trump and His Campaign Launch Swift Attack on Kamala Harris
In The News
‘Extraordinarily Nasty’: Trump and His Campaign Launch Swift Attack on Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called California Sen. Kamala Harris “nasty” and the “meanest” member of the U.S. Senate shortly after Joe Biden named her as his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Trump said Harris was “extraordinarily nasty”... Read More

GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?
2020 Elections
GOP Operatives Want Kanye West on the Presidential Ballot — but Will It Really Matter?

When a Democrat or Republican runs for president, there’s usually a stable of low-profile legal experts affiliated with the party who can help navigate the country’s thicket of ballot-access laws. But if you were, say, music megastar Kanye West mounting... Read More

It’s Official: Kamala Harris Named Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential Running Mate
2020 Elections
It’s Official: Kamala Harris Named Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential Running Mate

SAN JOSE, Calif. — After weeks of growing speculation, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answered on Tuesday the most highly anticipated question of his campaign, naming California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate. “Back when Kamala was Attorney... Read More

Commission Turns Down Trump’s Request for Fourth Debate
Political News
Commission Turns Down Trump’s Request for Fourth Debate

WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Thursday rejected the Trump campaign’s request for an additional debate against Joe Biden in early September as well as its efforts to select moderators for the three scheduled debates. The commission... Read More

Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
Political News
Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
2020-07-29 14:13:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Trump's re-election campaign allegedly laundered $170 million in spending to conceal payments made to Trump family associates and people working with the campaign, a non-partisan campaign watchdog claims. In an 81-page complaint filed with the Federal Election... Read More

Biden Lays Out Plan to Address Racial Injustice, Slams Trump
2020 Elections
Biden Lays Out Plan to Address Racial Injustice, Slams Trump

Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled plans for addressing systemic racism that has put Black people and other nonwhite communities at an economic disadvantage, promising “bold, practical investments” to rebuild as the country struggles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More

Trump Spends 9-in-10 Advertising Dollars Defending States He Won
2020 Elections
Trump Spends 9-in-10 Advertising Dollars Defending States He Won

President Donald Trump is spending nearly all of his advertising money to keep states he won in 2016, playing a game of defense in areas a Republican incumbent should be able to count on. More than 92% of his state-based... Read More

Trump’s Big-Donor Gifts Plunge 61% as He Sits Out Virtual Events
Campaign Finance
Trump’s Big-Donor Gifts Plunge 61% as He Sits Out Virtual Events

President Donald Trump skipped all of his campaign’s virtual fundraisers in the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic while mocking Democratic nominee Joe Biden for appearing from his basement. But it looks like Biden might be laughing all the... Read More

Trump, Trailing in Race, Fires His Campaign Manager
Campaigns
Trump, Trailing in Race, Fires His Campaign Manager

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, falling further behind Joe Biden in polls as he struggles to contain the growing coronavirus pandemic and recession, shook up his campaign staff Wednesday night, replacing his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, with another longtime aide.... Read More

Trump Campaign Hires 300 'Field Staffers' to Address Surging Biden
Campaigns
Trump Campaign Hires 300 'Field Staffers' to Address Surging Biden
2020-07-13 19:31:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's re-election campaign announced Monday they've hired an additional 300 staffers to help get out the vote in 20 target states. The new hires bring the field operation of Trump Victory,... Read More

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