Bloomberg launches $100M anti-Trump campaign in battleground states

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

November 15, 2019: Michael Bloomberg is spending $100 million on digital ads critical of Donald Trump through the end of the primary season. More than a dozen Democratic candidates will be in California over the weekend.

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Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Tamia Booker

Tamia Booker is a Democratic staffer with experience in outreach and engagement. Her prior experience includes work on two presidential campaigns and as deputy chief of staff to Sen. Booker (to whom she is not related). Booker graduated from Florida A&M University with a degree in political science and Spanish in 2005.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Hillary Clinton (D) presidential campaign, national African American outreach director
  • 2008 Barack Obama (D) presidential campaign, youth vote director

Other experience:

  • 2017-2019: Office of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), deputy chief of staff
  • 2016: Democratic National Convention Committee, director of constituency and allied groups engagement
  • 2010-2015: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of External Affairs, associate director
  • 2008-2010: College Democrats of America, executive director

Notable Quote of the Day

“As the 2020 election approaches, both parties are sinking money and time into college campuses, driven by the idea that students—often dismissed as low-turnout layabouts—could have a huge effect in a tight race in a swing state. The mega-campuses of the Brobdingnagian public universities and community colleges in states like Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan or Pennsylvania are sometimes called ‘battleground campuses’ by organizers and activists on the ground. ‘In an election that could come down to a point or two either way in Arizona or Wisconsin, turning out voters at ASU, University of Wisconsin-Madison and other college campuses in these states could easily make the difference,’ said Andrew Baumann, a pollster for Global Strategy Group, a consulting firm that spent 2018 trying to figure out what makes the would-be college voter tick for Tom Steyer’s NextGen.”

– Kyle Spencer, Politico



  • Donald Trump raised $3.1 million in small-dollar donations during the first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry.

On the Cusp: Tracking Potential Candidates

  • Michael Bloomberg is spending $100 million on digital ads critical of Trump through the end of the primary season. The ad campaign will begin Friday in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. 

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