Trump and RNC raise $165 million in July, topping Biden and DNC’s $145 million

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August 6, 2020: Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $165 million in July. Joe Biden and other speakers will not travel to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention.

Campaign Ad Comparison
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Notable Quote of the Day

“The fact that Biden and Trump are taking such radically different approaches to person-to-person voter outreach may be something of a wild card in the election.

Trump’s team sees its field program, which has been up and running in several states for months, as a major advantage. Biden’s campaign hired senior aides in some swing states, including Pennsylvania, as late as July.

Democrats, on the other hand, say that virtual organizing helped Jill Karofsky win a state Supreme Court race in Wisconsin earlier this year. Progressive insurgents around the country have also successfully built online volunteer operations recently.”

– Holly Otterbein, Politico

Election Updates

  • The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Wednesday that Joe Biden and other speakers would not travel to Milwaukee for the national convention. Biden will instead accept the nomination from Delaware.

  • The Biden campaign released a national ad targeting Black voters on Thursday. “And just like our ancestors who stood up to the violent racists of a generation ago, we will stand up to this president and say, ‘No more,’” the ad’s narrator says.

  • Club for Growth is launching a $5 million advertising campaign in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin attacking Biden for opposing emergency parental choice grants for school. The ad will begin airing on August 10 and run for three weeks.

  • Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced on Wednesday that they raised $165 million in July, topping the $140 million raised by Biden and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the same month. Trump and the RNC ended the month with more than $300 million on hand, while Biden and the DNC had $294 million.

  • Facebook removed a video from Trump’s personal page where he said in an interview that children were almost immune from COVID-19. Twitter removed a similar tweet from Trump’s election campaign account. Both companies said the posts violated their rules regarding coronavirus misinformation.

  • Representing the Trump campaign, Rudy Giuliani sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates requesting a fourth debate be held in early September before states begin sending out absentee ballots. If not, Giuliani said the third debate should be moved from October 22 to the first week in September.

  • Jo Jorgensen will make a campaign stop in Nashville on Thursday as part of her #BrakeTheBus tour.

Flashback: August 6, 2016

Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka received the Green Party’s nominations for president and vice president, respectively.blank

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