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Venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates surprised a lot of people earlier this week when it disclosed in an SEC filing that it is raising $3 billion for a new mega-fund. Not because $3 billion is a huge amount of money for venture capital (NEA has always been an outlier in that regard), but because the firm's current fund was raised less than two years ago.

So why come back so big so soon?

Two reasons, per a source close to the situation:

  1. NEA recognizes that 2017 is going to be a pretty soft year for big venture fundraises due to the incredible number of large firms that were in market last year. In other words, it's taking advantage of the cycle.
  2. Despite current conditions, the firm has concerns about the economic uncertainty that accompanies Donald Trump into the White House, and would prefer its cupboard to be fully stocked in case of a hurricane.

NEA declined comment, citing regulatory restrictions.

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UN poll: Most see climate change as global emergency amid pandemic

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) fronts a Fridays For Future protest at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm in September. Photo: Jonathan Nacksrtrand/AFP via Getty Images

64% of people from around the world say climate change is a global emergency, a United Nations poll published Wednesday finds.

Why it matters: It's biggest global survey on climate change ever conducted, with some 1.2 million participants from 50 countries — including the U.S. where 65% of those surveyed view climate change as an emergency.

Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

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Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.