President Trump at a Make America Great Again rally in 2017. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The Republican National Committee told Axios ahead of its FEC filings Tuesday that the group raised $20.8 million in July — largely due to online fundraising campaigns around Robert Mueller's testimony and the 2020 Democratic debates.

Why it matters: That's the most money the organization has raised in July in an off-cycle year — nearly double the $10.6 million it received from GOP donors in July 2017.

  • It plans to use this money to help President Trump's re-election efforts and to boost Republican candidates around the country.
  • It also plans to expand its on-the-ground presence. By early 2020, the RNC said it'll have communications staff in nearly 20 states.

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  2. Health: 13 states set single-day case records last week — U.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. Business: Where stimulus is needed most.
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  5. World: Restrictions grow across Europe.
  6. Media: Fox News president and several hosts advised to quarantine.
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