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.
“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.)”
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.
Bernie Sanderssaid 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.
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.