Bennet, Booker, Delaney miss Vermont ballot

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December 18, 2019: Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, and John Delaney will not appear on the Vermont primary ballot. The Federal Election Commission granted Michael Bloomberg’s request for an extension to file financial disclosure forms.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“Buying keyword-based ads is a common tactic in modern presidential campaigning, using Google’s feature that allows advertisers to buy the top placement on results pages when users search for a particular word or phrase. The ads appear similar to regular search results, though they carry an ‘ad’ label with a ‘paid for by’ disclaimer underneath.

Campaigns have been utilizing this strategy since at least the 2004 presidential campaign, often by purchasing ads for searches of their own candidate’s name, or for particular policies. But since he entered the race last month, Mr. Bloomberg has shown what a virtually bottomless advertising budget can do: buying his way into the hottest political conversations of the moment. (A search asking the question ‘Who can beat Trump’ returns ads for Mr. Bloomberg as well.)”

– Nick Corasaniti, The New York Times


  • The sixth Democratic debate will take place after a tentative agreement was reached in the labor dispute involving food service workers at Loyola Marymount University.

  • Michael BennetCory Booker, and John Delaney will not appear on the Vermont primary ballot after electing not to file in the state.

  • The Bennet campaign said on Tuesday that it needed to raise $700,000 by Jan. 16 to remain in the race and compete in the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11.

  • Joe Biden released his first statewide ad in South Carolina as part of a larger $6 million ad campaign in early voting states. The ad focuses on opposition to Trump. Biden’s campaign also released a medical summary describing Biden as “a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”

  • The Federal Election Commission granted Michael Bloomberg’s request for an extension to file financial disclosure forms, giving him until Feb. 4—one day after the Iowa caucus—to file his report.

  • Booker will campaign in Las Vegas on Wednesday, attending a roundtable discussion hosted by Mi Familia Vota.

  • Pete Buttigieg launched his first statewide ad campaign in Nevada, including Spanish-language radio and digital ads.

  • Julián Castro will visit Skid Row in Los Angeles on Wednesday to discuss homelessness.

  • Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that she needs $1 million by the end of December to remain competitive in the race.

  • Amy Klobuchar released a television ad in Iowa focused on her career. She will attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

  • Deval Patrick campaigned in Las Vegas on Tuesday, attending a small business roundtable.

  • Bernie Sanders said on Tuesday that he supported a Maine state legislative bill that would allow public employees, including teachers, to strike.

  • Elizabeth Warren posted a plan on how to fight global financial corruption on Medium on Tuesday. She called for requiring beneficial ownership disclosures, increasing data collection on cross-border financial payments, and expanding anti-bribery laws, among other proposals.

  • FiveThirtyEight published an article on the demographics of Andrew Yang’s supporters.


  • Donald Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday calling for an end to the impeachment process. The House is expected to vote on impeachment on Wednesday.

  • Bill Weld spoke at an “Impeach and Remove” rally in Boston on Tuesday.

Flashback: December 18, 2015

Bernie Sanders filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee after it temporarily restricted his campaign’s access to the party’s voter database following reports several Sanders staffers had inappropriately accessed Hillary Clinton’s private voter data.blank

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