Trump campaign spends $50 million in June, Biden $37 million

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July 21, 2020: The Trump campaign spent $50 million in June, which was roughly twice its expenditures in May. Republican John Kasich is expected to speak at the Democratic National Convention.


Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Gravis Marketing • South Carolina • July 17, 2020)


Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Monmouth University • Pennsylvania • July 9-13, 2020)

Notable Quote of the Day

“Joe Biden’s campaign is walking an environmental tightrope in Pennsylvania, aiming to balance his new, aggressive climate plan with reassurances that he won’t seek to gut the fracking industry that has turned the state’s natural gas riches into an economic engine.

Pennsylvania is among the handful of states that Biden needs to win to defeat President Donald Trump, and it has tilted toward the presumptive Democratic nominee as criticism of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has mounted. At the same time, Biden has adopted more of the environmental goals pushed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and others in the party’s progressive wing, raising the risks that he could alienate the blue collar workers who operate the wells and pipelines that move the gas from the Marcellus Shale in the Keystone State.”

– Zack Colman, Politico

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden will introduce the third plank of his “Build Back Better” program during a speech in New Castle, Delaware, on Tuesday. The proposal, which focuses on what Biden calls the caregiving economy, would offer a $5,000 tax credit to unpaid caregivers of family members and up to $16,000 in tax credits for families with two or more children in households that make up to $125,000 per year.

  • In an interview on MSNBC, Biden said four Black women were still in contention to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee. He did not name them or commit to selecting a Black woman as his running mate.

  • Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is expected to speak at the Democratic National Convention, according to a report from the Associated Press.

  • The Donald Trump campaign announced three new senior hires on Monday: Justin Clark as deputy campaign manager, Nick Trainer as director of battleground strategy, and Matt Morgan as campaign counsel.

  • The Trump campaign spent $50 million in June, which was roughly twice its expenditures in May. The majority of that spending—$41 million—went to advertising. Biden spent $37 million in June. Both campaigns ended the month with approximately $110 million in cash on hand each.

  • Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said his department could not provide adequate security for the Republican National Convention given current plans and the potential for protests. He said, “Where we are today is we can’t support this plan. … There’s got to be some major re-working of what’s happening.”

  • Howie Hawkins and his running mate Angela Walker are holding a livestream on multiple digital platforms on Tuesday night.

Flashback: July 21, 2016

The Republican National Convention concluded with a speech from Donald Trump.blank

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