Aug 28, 2018

Online donations are helping vulnerable Dems

Ethan Todras-Whitehill, co-founder of Swing Left. Photo: Jenny Anderson/Getty Images

One sign of the energy Democrats are showing ahead of the midterms is the fast pace of their online donations.

Driving the news: The progressive group Swing Left has raised nearly $700,000 using emails, Reddit, and Twitter for 15 Democratic candidates running in the most competitive house races and who have raised less than their Republican challengers.

  • The money is distributed evenly to candidates, unless the donor specifies otherwise. If split evenly, each would receive approx. $47,000.

The first email from Swing Left announcing their "Impact Fund" on July 13 raised $200,000. A Reddit thread encouraging people to donate to "House Democratic challengers behind in cash" led to $3,000 in donations. And the group has raised $50,000 from the link to the Impact Fund in their Twitter bio.

  • The "Impact Fund" supports candidates running in the most competitive districts (rated at least "lean Republican" by Cook Political Report) and who have less cash on hand than their Republican opponent.
  • The fund sends a weekly email to supporters highlighting a different candidate's campaign. The most recent email was in support of Democrat Carolyn Long, who won her primary in Washington's 3rd district.

Go deeper: The 15 candidates benefitting from Swing Left's Impact Fund.

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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Virginia's Arlington County Police Department said in a statement it withdrew officers from D.C. Monday night after being "put in a compromising position" after they were seen assisting military police and park rangers who used tear gas on peaceful protesters so Trump could walk to St John’s Episcopal Church, near the White House.

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Civil rights leaders blast Facebook after meeting with Zuckerberg

Screenshot of an image some Facebook employees used as part of their virtual walkout on Monday.

A trio of civil rights leaders issued a blistering statement Monday following a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives to discuss the social network's decision to leave up comments from President Trump they say amount to calls for violence and voter suppression.

Why it matters: While Twitter has flagged two of the president's Tweets, one for being potentially misleading about mail-in ballot procedures and another for glorifying violence, Facebook has left those and other posts up, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying he doesn't want to be the "arbiter of truth."

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Cisco, Sony postpone events amid continued protests

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Cisco said Monday night that it is postponing the online version of Cisco Live, its major customer event, amid the ongoing protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: Cisco joins Sony, Electronic Arts and Google in delaying tech events planned for this week.