Government workers protest the government shutdown during a demonstration in the Federal Building Plaza last week in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Federal workers struggling financially during the government shutdown have launched more than 1,500 crowdfunding campaigns seeking to pay for rent, mortgages, medical expenses and food, GoFundMe spokeswoman Katherine Cichy told CNN on Thursday. 

Details: Cichy told CNN that the campaigns have altogether raised more than $300,000 so far. Many of the campaigns were launched in early January when it became clear workers may begin to miss paychecks.

Yes, but: Under current law, it’s illegal for federal employees to supplement their salaries with outside income, per CNN.

  • Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, told CNN that the GoFundMe accounts could be murky legally and that while the OGE "could issue an opinion clarifying the government's views on this," the office is currently closed as a result of the shutdown.

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Data: Compiled from state health departments by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

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The big picture: The number of coronavirus cases increased in the vast majority of states over the last week, and decreased in only two states plus the District of Columbia, Axios' Andrew Withershoop and Caitlin Owens report.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

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  5. Politics: Trump extends PPP application deadlineKimberly Guilfoyle tests positive.
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In photos: America celebrates July 4 during global pandemic

Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

The U.S. has already celebrated Easter, graduations and so much more during the coronavirus pandemic, and now it can add July 4 to the list.

The state of play: Axios' Stef Kight writes public parades and fireworks displays around much of the country are being canceled to prevent mass gatherings where the virus could spread. Hot-dog contests and concerts will play to empty stands and virtual audiences — all while American pride treads an all-time low.