Jul 2, 2019

Bernie Sanders' campaign says it raised $18 million in Q2

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2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that his campaign brought in $18 million from "nearly 1 million donors" during the second quarter of 2019.

Why it matters: Sanders is relying on the power of small donors to fund his campaign. He's been able to do so after developing an extensive network of supporters following his high-profile 2016 presidential run.

The big picture: Sanders raised $18.2 million during the first quarter, more than any other candidate. However, some other Democratic contenders appear to be catching up and even surpassing him in the 2nd quarter — most notably South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who said Tuesday his campaign raised $24.8 million in Q2.

By the numbers:

  • Sanders raised $18 million, but will be reporting $24 million to the Federal Election Commission after transferring $6 million from other accounts.
  • The campaign said it received "almost 200,000 individual donations" since the day of the first debate.
  • The average donation was $18.

What to watch: July 15 is the FEC filing deadline for Q2. More candidates to release their fundraising numbers in the two weeks until then.

Go deeper: Track every candidate's Q1 fundraising totals

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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