Jun 17, 2019

Pete Buttigieg raised $7 million in April

2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Pete Buttigieg's 2020 campaign raised $7 million in April, reports Politico.

Why it matters: The South Bend, Indiana mayor saw his national profile skyrocket in the first half of 2019, launching into the top tier of Democratic presidential hopefuls — and his fundraising numbers show that popularity surge is backed by a significant cash influx.

The big picture: 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden is also likely to have had a huge April. He raised $6.3 million during his first day in the race that month and has held a number of events and fundraisers with big-money donors since. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, who pulled in over $20 million in the first quarter after announcing in mid-February, will have had a full three months during the second quarter to solicit cash from his powerful mailing list.

What's next: The deadline to report fundraising numbers for the second quarter to the Federal Election Commission is June 30 — which will provide the next big public look at 2020 candidates' hauls.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.