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Democratic and Republican 2020 campaigns are using apps like Team to identify potential voters from their supporters' phone contacts, the Financial Times reports.

Why it matters: As Twitter refines its ban on political ads and Google restricts audience targeting for verified political advertisers, relational organizing apps can offer campaigns a work-around to access supporters' social networks.

The big picture: These relational organizing apps rely on willing supporters volunteering their data — while other techniques, like geofencing, anonymously scrub a voters' location after they attend a rally to create targeted ads.

  • How it works: Through a relational organizing app, a campaign can ask a supporter to send tailored pre-written text messages to their friends, using information the campaign has already collected and fitted to their preferences, the FT reports.

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Why it matters: Trump has escalated his war on the media in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, calling a Reuters reporter a "criminal" this week for not reporting on corruption allegations about Hunter Biden and disparaging CNN as "dumb b*stards" for the network's ongoing coronavirus coverage.

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Driving the news: McConnell informed Senate Republicans of the move at a closed-door lunch on Tuesday, two people familiar with his remarks tell Axios. McConnell's remarks were first reported by the Washington Post.