Apr 3, 2019

Top black donors want 2020 Dems to stick with super PACs

2020 candidates Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for NAACP

The Collective PAC, which helps elect black candidates to federal and state offices, has asked major progressive groups to stop pushing Democratic candidates away from super PACs, Politico reports.

Driving the news: Collective PAC co-founders Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James argued in a letter obtained by Politico that super PACs are a vital means of fundraising for black candidates, especially in primaries. According to its website, The Collective PAC has previously contributed campaign funds for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

"Whether intentional or not, the effect of what you are calling for is to shut down the one reliable source of revenue for engaging voters of color and for supporting candidates of color. One of the few sources of funding for the work to engage voters of color and support candidates of color has come from Super PACs."
— Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, co-founders of The Collective PAC

The catch: So far, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is the only Democratic 2020 candidate actively backed by super PAC funds. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders are some of the most vocal opponents of super PACS in the 2020 Democratic field.

Go deeper: Track every 2020 candidate's Q1 fundraising totals

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Where it stands: More than 14,800 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. — including over 4,500 in New York. The state's death toll surged to its highest one-day total on Wednesday — beating the previous day's record. 779 people died in New York in 24 hours. N.Y. has reported more cases than the most-affected countries in Europe.

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Zoom in: The update comes as ministers meet to discuss whether to extend the United Kingdom's lockdown and after the country's health officials reported Wednesday the highest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths — 938, taking the total to over 7,300. London Mayor said Wednesday the U.K. is "nowhere near lifting the lockdown," with the virus not expected to peak there until next week.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 1,484,811 — Total deaths: 88,538 — Total recoveries: 329,876Map.
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  3. Federal government latest: Top Trump administration officials had been developing a plan to give cloth masks to huge numbers of Americans, but the idea lost traction amid heavy internal skepticism.
  4. States latest: New York has reported more cases than the most-affected countries in Europe. Chicago's Cook County jail is largest-known source of coronavirus in U.S.
  5. Business: One-third of U.S. jobs are at risk of disappearing, mostly affecting low-income workers.
  6. World: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to put politics aside "if you don’t want to have many more body bags.”
  7. Environment: COVID-19 is underscoring the connection between air pollution and dire outcomes from respiratory diseases.
  8. Tech: A new report recommends stimulus spending to help close the digital divide revealed by social distancing.
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