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Joe Biden's presidential campaign and two committees associated with the Democratic Party jointly raised nearly $81 million in May, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Biden deputy campaign manager Rufus Gifford points out that in addition to being the campaign's largest monthly haul of the 2020 cycle, it's also a larger total than the Obama campaign raised in May 2012 ($60 million) and the Clinton campaign raised in May 2016 ($38 million).

The big picture: May was the first full month in which Biden was the sole candidate running for the Democratic nomination, after Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign and endorsed Biden in April.

  • Biden raised $60.5 million in April, before the joint fundraising venture with the Democratic National Committee — the Biden Victory Fund — was established, according to Politico.
  • The joint venture allows individual donors to contribute up to $360,600 — a huge jump from the $5,600 maximum that an individual can donate to Biden's campaign.

By the numbers: Biden's campaign said in an email to supporters that its email list has grown by over 1.5 million in the month of June, including 300,000 subscribers in the last week alone. The campaign has tripled its number of online donors since February, per Politico.

The other side: President Trump continues to have an advantage over Biden in terms of cash on hand, Politico notes. The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee jointly raised $61.7 million in April, but have not yet announced their May fundraising haul.

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

National security officials endorse Biden

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A group of 489 former national security leaders, including Paul Selva, a retired four-star general and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Trump, have endorsed Joe Biden for president.

The big picture: Among the names signing Thursday’s letter: Sean O'Keefe, a former Navy secretary for President George H.W. Bush; Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state for President George W. Bush; and Admiral Steve Abbot (ret.) who also worked in the last Bush White House.