Fundraising numbers put the former vice president and the Democratic Party $187 million behind President Trump and the Republican Party's stockpile at the end of first fundraising quarter of the year. That means Biden would have to raise at least $1 million every day until the election to match Trump's haul at the end of March — not to mention whatever Trump raises during that time too, The New York Times reports.
Biden and the Democratic National Committee could count $57.2 million in the bank while Trump and the Republican National Committee rang in at $244 million in cash on hand, quarterly fundraising numbers show. Regardless, things should start looking up for Biden now that he's essentially locked up the 2020 Democratic nomination, as donations going to other Democratic primary candidates may start filtering to him. Trump, meanwhile, has had since the 2016 election to start replenishing his campaign bank account.
Things are looking better for downballot Democrats challenging Republican senators, FEC numbers show. Amy McGrath, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); Jaime Harrison, challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); and Mark Kelly, challenging Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.); are among the several Democrats who outraised incumbent Republicans in the last quarter. Kathryn Krawczyk
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has joined the pile of Democrats lining up behind former Vice President Joe Biden.
After both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former President Barack Obama endorsed Biden's 2020 run, Warren did the same on Wednesday with a video message. Recording from her home, Warren praised how Biden "has spent nearly his entire life in public service," and has the "empathy" needed to govern not just in this moment, but for the future.
In this moment of crisis, it’s more important than ever that the next president restores Americans’ faith in good, effective government—and I’ve seen Joe Biden help our nation rebuild. Today, I’m proud to endorse @JoeBiden as President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/VrfBtJvFee
Warren was one of the last candidates to drop out of the 2020 primary contest. It was thought she might endorse her fellow progressive and friend Sanders, but she, like Obama, waited to voice any kind of support until there was a single presumptive nominee. Kathryn Krawczyk
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will release three women from the nondisclosure agreements he'd signed with them "to address complaints about comments they said I had made," his campaign announced Friday.
In a statement, Bloomberg said his company "identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women," and that "if any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company." And after "a lot of reflecting," Bloomberg pledged to no longer "offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct" while he was still running his company.
Bloomberg's choice is in no doubt influenced by Wednesday night's Democratic primary debate, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Bloomberg release women from their NDAs. Bloomberg said those women didn't "accuse me of doing anything; maybe they didn't like the joke I told."