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.
Each Friday, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.
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
- 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
- Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Andrew Yang are participating in the California Democratic Party and Univision’s Real América Presidential Forum on Saturday.
- John Delaney, Deval Patrick, Joe Sestak, and Marianne Williamson are also attending the California Democratic Party’s endorsing convention over the weekend in Long Beach.
- Michael Bennet will continue to campaign in New Hampshire on Saturday with events across the state.
- Joe Biden spoke about gun violence at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Thursday before attending two fundraisers in Southland. Biden has two more fundraisers scheduled in Seattle on Friday.
- A new super PAC, United We Win, was formed on Thursday to support Booker. The group is expected to spend $1 million on social media advertising in the next month.
- Steve Bullock will campaign in Iowa on Sunday with stops in Polk County and Poweshiek County.
- Buttigieg released his first radio ad in South Carolina as part of a $2 million ad buy in the state.
- Delaney announced Kandie Stroud would join his campaign as communications director.
- Tulsi Gabbard will campaign in New Hampshire on Saturday and Sunday with house parties across the state.
- Elizabeth Warren will campaign in Iowa on Saturday with stops in Waverly and Cedar Rapids.
- Yang released a technology platform on Thursday that called for establishing data as a property right, creating a Department of Attention Economy, and increasing regulation of digital ads.
- 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.
What We’re Reading
Flashback: November 15, 2015
Several presidential candidates discussed terrorism in interviews following the Paris terrorist attacks.