Jul 20, 2019

DNC collects $8.5 million in June

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The Democratic National Committee raised $8.5 million in June, of which it spent $7.5 million, according to a new FEC filing.

The big picture: The DNC ended the month with nearly $9.3 million cash on hand. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee hasn't disclosed its June numbers yet, but closed out May with $37 million cash on hand, writes Politico. The DNC spent the bulk of its funds last month on events, though the filing failed to specify whether the functions were directly related to the first round of primary debates.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump outside groups jointly raise $17.8 million

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The pro-Trump super PAC America First Action and its affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit, America First Policies, have jointly raised $17.83 million in the first 6 months of 2019 and will report $21 million cash on hand to the Federal Election Commission, according to an America First Action official.

Where it stands: The conservative organization, which Trump has blessed and which is led by former Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon, reports having jointly brought in 16,649 total donations from 11,655 unique contributors. An America First Action official also told Axios it has $40 million in outstanding donor pledges, and has collected $3.75 million of those pledges since the end of the reporting period on June 30.

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10.7 million watched Night 2 of second Democratic debate

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A few buzzy zingers and testy exchanges during Night 2 of the second round of Democratic debates on Wednesday caused ratings to tick up from the previous evening.

By the numbers: More than 10 million people tuned into the second night on live television, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. That's higher than the 8.7 million that watched the night before.

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8.7 million watched Night 1 of second Democratic debate

Candidates at the Democratic debate in Detroit. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

More than 8 million people tuned into Night 1 of the second round of Democratic primary debates for the 2020 cycle, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.

Why it matters: It was a significantly smaller audience than that of the first round of debates that aired in June — which drew 15.3 million viewers on Night 1, while the second totaled 18.1 million viewers.

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