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The RNC goes into the presidential election year with more than seven times as much cash on hand as the DNC — $63 million vs. $8.3 million, according to the parties' FEC filings.

Why it matters: Far from putting Republicans back on their heels, impeachment is energizing Trump's base just as the 2020 march to Election Day kicks off.

  • This is a stark new sign of what we've been reporting all year — that President Trump's digitally driven campaign is giving him a massive fundraising and organizing advantage over whoever emerges from the Democratic race.

How it happened: Much of the RNC money is raised jointly with the Trump campaign.

By the numbers:

  • The RNC has raised $215 million so far to support Trump and Republican candidates on all levels. They are currently targeting Democratic House members in districts Trump won following the recent House impeachment vote.The RNC raised $20.6 million last month, a November record for the party — more than twice as much as the DNC's $8 million, per Politico Playbook.
  • The RNC had $63.2 million cash on hand at the end of November, compared to the DNC which only had $8.4 million, Bloomberg reports.

For now, the DNC has to take a back seat to a bunch of well-organized Democrats who want to be the nominee, while the RNC is free to vacuum up cash with no competition.

  • One well-wired Democrat told me: "25 candidates have spread the wealth a lot. Only good news is that Bloomberg could even the score with a very small stroke of his mighty pen."

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Fintech's record year

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Massive venture rounds into fintech companies have ballooned this year, pushing up total dollars invested — in just the first three quarters of 2021 — to nearly double the amount in all of 2020, per new PitchBook data.

Why it matters: The maturing of fintech startups means a growing number of companies are able to raise huge later-stage funding rounds as investors look to lock-in their bets.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

Democrats' clean power outlook is very muddy

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Here are two big questions as a key Democratic proposal to slash emissions from power generation flounders: how much its demise would sap climate protections, and what might replace it.

Catch up fast: New financial carrots and sticks for utilities to deploy zero-carbon power — the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) — look unlikely to stay in Democrats' big social spending and climate bill.

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CDC: Unvaccinated are over 11 times more likely to die from COVID

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Reproduced from CDC; Note: Data represents 30% of Americans across 16 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle/King County, Wash., Utah and Wisconsin; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The CDC recently published data evaluating Americans' rate of coronavirus cases and deaths by vaccine status, providing more data on which vaccines are working best and how much protection they offer relative to being unvaccinated.

What they found: As of August, unvaccinated people had a more than six times higher risk of testing positive for the coronavirus, and were more than 11 times more likely to die from the virus.

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