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Protesters in New York City against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and for a moratorium on evictions, Aug. 4. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue has removed a donation page that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign committee used to solicit contributions, the company confirmed to Axios.

Driving the news: ActBlue is the lifeblood of grassroots Democratic fundraising. Its decision to cut off Cuomo following damning allegations of sexual harassment and assault deals a body blow to what's left of his political future.

  • ActBlue donation pages for Cuomo's campaign and PAC were no longer active on Thursday afternoon.
  • "You have attempted to make a contribution to a fundraising page that has no active recipients," an error message on both pages now reads. "Either the page's owner has removed all committees or organizations from the page, or we have concluded processing contributions for these committees or organizations."
  • ActBlue confirmed in an email to Axios it's no longer processing donations to the Cuomo campaign.

The big picture: Democrats all the way up to President Biden have called on Cuomo to resign, but the three-term governor has refused.

  • Lawmakers in Albany are expected to begin proceedings to impeach him.
  • For the time being, Cuomo remains a candidate for re-election.
  • Cuomo has historically raised very little through the sorts of small-dollar donations that ActBlue generally processes. But its decision to boot him from the platform is a major rebuke by a prominent node in the Democratic political apparatus.

Between the lines: ActBlue took similar action last year against a Democratic candidate who admitted to sharing revenge porn.

  • The company told Kansas statehouse candidate Aaron Coleman he was "out of alignment with ActBlue’s mission.”
  • ActBlue faced questions about whether it would hold Cuomo to the same standard after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a lengthy report on Tuesday detailing widespread allegations of sexual misconduct and retaliation by Cuomo and his top aides.

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New York AG Letitia James announces bid for governor

New York Attorney General Letitia James speaking in New York City in August 2021. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she will run for governor in 2022.

Why it matters: James has been seen by Democratic strategists, operatives and progressives as a potentially strong candidate for governor given her heightened national profile from lawsuits against former President Trump, Facebook, Google and the National Rifle Association, as well as her office's investigation into sexual harassment accusations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

GOP rethinks super PACs

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Republicans are increasingly rethinking how to use one of the most potent political tools of the modern era, the super PAC, GOP operatives tell Axios.

Why it matters: Super PACs are generally thought of as vehicles for massive political ad buys. But Republicans are employing them in more targeted efforts to build the party and its candidates a more robust grassroots fundraising operation.

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Coast Guard searches for 39 people after boat capsizes off Florida coast

A U.S. Coast Guard ship leaving its base in Miami Beach, Florida, in July. Photo: AP/Marta Lavandier

U.S. Coast Guard crews were searching into the night for 39 people whose boat sank off Florida's coast over the weekend after traveling from the Bahamas.

The big picture: A "good Samaritan" contacted the Coast Guard about 8 a.m. Tuesday to say they "rescued a man clinging to a capsized vessel" 45 miles east of Fort Pierce, per a tweet from the agency, which noted it was dealing with "a suspected human smuggling venture."