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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A political action committee affiliated with digital progressive group ACRONYM announced Monday that it would launch a $75 million digital advertising campaign to take on President Trump.

Why it matters: Republicans and Trump have kept the digital edge they seized in 2016, which has put Democrats on notice.

Details: The campaign, called "Four is Enough" plans to spend the bulk of its cash on digital ads between now and election day, with a large amount before the primary, according to a statement.

  • The campaign is led by a political action committee called PACRONYM that's led by ACRONYM CEO and founder Tara McGowan. It will be advised by David Plouffe, former campaign manager of former President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. 
  • The ad spend will be focused on major platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, as well as digital TV and audio platforms like Hulu and Pandora.
  • States that will be targeted include Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

The big picture: The Trump campaign to-date has far outspent his Democratic counterparts on digital ads. In total, the Trump campaign has spent more on digital ads than the top five Democratic contenders combined.

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Adapted from a Bully Pulpit interactive chart; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, but: Some Democratic candidates and outside groups are beginning to pour more money into Facebook, to counter the heavy Republican spend on the platform.

  • Tom Steyer and Pete Buttiegieg have both outspent the Trump campaign on Facebook in the past two weeks, for example.
  • And Democratic outside groups like Priorities USA, Steyer's Need to Impeach campaign and Planned Parenthood have collectively outspent most Republican outside groups on the platform since January.

The bottom line: "Democrats have been slow to evolve their strategies to meet the demand for online information," says Tara McGowan, founder of PACRONYM and ACRONYM, in a statement. "This is a DEFCON 1 situation," says Plouffe.

What's next: The group is accepting donations to help build campaign through the Democrats' sophisticated small-dollar fundraising platform, ActBlue. Despite being outspent by Republicans this cycle, they have maintained a strong digital fundraising presence through ActBlue.

Go deeper: Trump is maintaining his digital lead in the 2020 campaign

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California wildfire explodes in size, destroys historic town

Battalion Chief Sergio Mora looks on as the Dixie fire burns through downtown Greenville, Calif. on Aug. 4, 2021. Photo: Josh EdelsonAFP via Getty Images

The small Sierra town of Greenville, California, was heavily damaged on Wednesday night into early Thursday as the Dixie Fire surged northward amid high winds, extremely dry air and hot temperatures.

The latest: The Dixie Fire, California's biggest blaze, continued to threaten communities in Plumas County into Thursday night, as more mandatory evacuation orders were issued in the region.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Top labor leader Richard Trumka dies unexpectedly at 72

Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, who led the largest federation of unions in the country for over a decade, has died at 72.

The big picture: Trumka began working as a coal miner in 1968 and would go on to dedicate his life to the labor movement, including as president of the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO beginning in 2009.

Biden signs bill awarding Congressional Gold Medals to officers who responded to Jan. 6 attack

President Biden, joined by Vice President Harris, lawmakers and members of law enforcement and their families, signs legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to law enforcement in the Rose Garden. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden signed legislation awarding Congressional Gold Medals to the law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: The Congressional Gold Medal is Congress' "highest expression of national appreciation," notes the New York Times.