Political Party Activity

Democratic debate stage due to shrink barring last-minute shock

POLITICO reports that the next televised showdown for the Democratic presidential candidates on September 12 “is due to shrink down to one debate stage, barring any shock developments that help one more contender make the cut for next month’s event. Ahead of Wednesday night’s deadline to qualify for the ABC News debate in Houston on…

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PAC money flowed to DNC ahead of August meeting

POLITICO reports that though “Democratic candidates for president have sworn off corporate PAC money, . . . the Democratic National Committee took in more than $155,000 in funds from corporate PACs in July, ahead of a major DNC meeting this weekend that 2020 candidates will attend. The donations flowed in from PACs linked to the audit…

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New Democratic Debate Rules Will Distort Priorities, Some Campaigns Say

The New York Times reports that the “Democratic Party’s new directive that candidates must have at least 130,000 donors to qualify for the third primary debate in September . . . immediately sent shock waves through presidential campaigns worried that it would distort their priorities and affect the way they operate . . . forcing them…

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Tougher new debate rules could dramatically winnow Democratic presidential field

The Washington Post reports that the Democratic National Committee has announced new criteria for the party’s third presidential debate in September, which could “dramatically winnow the sprawling field of 23 candidates.” To qualify for the third debate, “candidates will have to earn at least 2 percent support in four party-approved polls between late June and August. In addition,…

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Common Cause Files DOJ & FEC Complaints Apparent “Straw Donor” Contributions to Trump Campaign

On March 18, 2019, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that a Florida businesswoman violated campaign finance laws by enlisting and reimbursing “straw donors” tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions related to the reelection efforts of Donald Trump. The New York Times reported March 16,…

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RNC assembles team to reelect Trump

POLITICO reports that the Republican National Committee has finalized its senior leadership team for the 2020 election cycle “with a focus on disrupting the Democratic presidential primary and continuing to build up the party’s field and digital infrastructure.”

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