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Virginia Polar Dip invites the daring and charitable into chilly Lake Anne

Hundreds of spectators, some bundled in polar fleece and wool caps, turned out Saturday to see daring, bighearted people get soaking wet and cold for a special cause.

The 2020 Virginia Polar Dip, at Lake Anne in Reston, is an annual event to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Participants could jump in alone or in small groups; some were in costumes, others donned swimsuits, gingerly toeing the edge of a small floating dock before jumping into the water with flare. Each participant pledged funding for their willingness to jump into a lake in the middle of winter.

“Wooo! I’m the crazy one. It’s freezing,” said Jennifer El Khouri, dripping wet and slightly shivering after she and her friend, Charlene Miguel, got out of the water. They were one of the many teams that defied 40-degree temperatures to take the brief plunge.

“We jump every year in memory of my dear friend’s daughter … who passed from leukemia at just 4 years old,” El Khouri said.

Many participants said they were pleased to experience the momentary discomfort of wet, biting cold to help children attend Camp Sunshine in Sebago Lake, Maine.

“Camp Sunshine is an amazing camp. It’s the only one in the nation that can do what they do. They have medical staff on site to care for these kids and their families. And the families that go don’t have to pay a penny,” El Khouri said.

The largest fundraising team comprised 28 people from IronNet Cybersecurity, making a splash in small groups to raise nearly $7,000 for the cause.

“We’ve been doing this for three or four years,” said Alex Conn, of Arlington, toweling off after his jump into the water. “It’s a great cause, a fun event.”

One man jumped in the lake holding an unplugged electric guitar. Three others grasped lacrosse sticks as they took the plunge.

All participants jumped under the watchful eyes of five wet-suited members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Dive Team, arrayed in the water in a semicircle.

The organizers set a goal of raising more than $100,000 in the Virginia Polar Dip, which is needed to send 40 families from the mid-Atlantic states to Camp Sunshine.

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CNN: Deep-pocket Dem establishment donors about to rescue Biden

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Nothing resonates in a populist era better than [checks notesa bunch of wealthy elites propping up a 47-year veteran of the Beltway. To be fair, Joe Biden has stated publicly that he doesn’t want help from super-PACs to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. However, Biden’s overall fundraising incompetence has Democratic institutional donors worried about whether Biden can make it to the finish line financially, CNN reports:

A coalition of top Democratic strategists and donors are intensifying conversations about setting up an outside group to bolster Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy, people familiar with the matter tell CNN, aiming to create a super PAC designed to fight back against a barrage of well-funded attacks from President Donald Trump’s campaign.

The idea of building an outside organization has been the subject of discussion for weeks by Biden allies, but the conversations intensified in the wake of a cash crunch for the former vice president’s campaign. He reported last week having less than $9 million in the bank, significantly less than his leading rivals.

The optics would look terrible, but Biden’s backers might not have much of a choice. His team has relied on big-ticket donors to the point where many of them can’t kick in any more cash directly to the campaign. In fact, as Politico reports this morning, Biden is the leading candidate for donations of $500 or more, and that’s the problem:

Biden has raised $20.7 million from contributions of at least $500 — $1.5 million more than his nearest competitor, despite entering the race later than all of them — thanks to the former vice president’s strong connections and goodwill among the traditional donors who have long financed the Democratic Party. Biden drew donations from 114 former big money fundraisers for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the third quarter, the most of any Democrat, according to a POLITICO analysis.

But it’s been nowhere near enough to make Biden the leader of the fundraising pack. In fact, his big-dollar dominance, and his reliance on those donors, is more evidence of how quickly small-dollar donations have become the most important component of political fundraising in a sprawling, fractured Democratic race. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are all outraising Biden, and stockpiling cash significantly faster than him, on the back of major support from online donors that Biden has been unable to build.

If Biden raised all that money, why does he have a cash-on-hand problem? His burn rate has been spectacular, according to an ABC News report last week. In the third quarter, Biden spent $2 million more than he raised (which was already $6 million less than he raised in the second quarter) for a burn rate of 112%. That’s a very odd development for a campaign that seems intent on limiting its candidate’s public exposure. Whatever the reason, Biden’s in a tough spot; he only has $9 million on hand for the stretch run to the primaries, while top-tier opponents Elizabeth Warren ($25.7 million) and Bernie Sanders ($33.7 million) have lots more resources — and lots more money coming in.

So Biden has two big problems — income and outflow. A super-PAC could solve those problems by allowing outsiders to manage the money and the message, but it doesn’t solve the problems created by the candidate himself. At least one of these major institutional donors told Politico that he may have thrown good money after bad:

The bundler contributions and connections are helping keep Biden’s campaign afloat, but some of those donors are cringing at the way Biden is running his campaign.

“I don’t think Joe Biden is going to be the nominee,” said one major fundraiser, who said he gave to Biden out of loyalty during the third quarter. “I think there’s a thirst for something down the road taking us towards something bigger and better. That’s not going to be Joe Biden, for whom I have the utmost respect. He is acting his age and showing his age.”

On top of all that, the act of forming the super-PAC all but confirms what two previous presidential campaigns have proven about Biden: he’s not a good candidate. Biden has never been good about raising funds and continually sticks his foot in his mouth. The latter quality has been increasingly on display, along with a growing sense that Biden’s time has long since passed. Add to that the obvious desperation to prop him up by the same establishment that tried to rig Hillary Clinton’s nomination four years ago and you have a monumental populist crisis about to hit the Democratic Party.

We might need a super-PAC just to pay for all the popcorn.

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Former Beauty Pageant Winner Is the Current GOP Fundraising Congressional Frontrunner in Nevada

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A GOP star is rising and it comes in the form of former Miss Nevada pageant winner Lisa Song Sutton, who is currently leading the pack of six other Republican candidates when it comes to fundraising.

According to the Daily Wire, Sutton, 34, is the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and a Korean immigrant. She entered the race in the third quarter, and in her first 90 days she raised almost $128 million, taking the lead over candidates who had been fundraising for longer.

Currently, the rankings look like this:

  1. Lisa Song Sutton: $127,998.00

  2. Samuel Peters: $111,704.00

  3. Charles Navarro: $80,013.00

  4. Jim Merchant: $58,185.00

  5. Randi Reed: $ 47,595.00

  6. Leo Blundo: $45,398.00

  7. Catherine Prato: $29,585

Sutton describes herself, not as a politician, but as a “business leader,” according to the Daily Wire.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the momentum my campaign has received in the first 90 days,” Sutton said in a statement. “I’m a business leader, not a politician, and I have shown in my first quarter that we can raise the money to build the grassroots political support needed to challenge Steven Horsford in the general election.”

“Our wide base of support shows Nevada’s 4th Congressional District is eager to elect a Republican who is a young, female, minority, business leader to Congress. The community is tired of career politicians running for office in districts they don’t care about,” Sutton continued. “I’m here to show the community, and Washington, that I will outwork career politician Steven Horsford, and take back Nevada’s 4th Congressional district.”

She may just do it too. Reports show that her donations are coming from more than just the traditional Republican base in Nevada.

“Sutton’s support ranges from traditional Nevada Republican donors, to first-time federal campaign donors,” noted Sutton’s campaign. “The average small-dollar online donation was $58. This wide range of support shows her campaign is able to bring new donors to the Republican party. Her ability to expand beyond the traditional base of supporters and win over a majority-minority house district are anchors to Sutton’s success.”

Sutton believes that career politicians have shortchanged communities, and while she never intended to run for office, she found that she had to in the name of restoring Nevada and setting things right. She’ll put the focus on small business, cutting regulations, the U.S. military, immigrant enforcement, border security, and the Second Amendment.

 

 

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Trump Smashes Through a Fundraising Record and It Has Democrats Worried

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President Donald Trump’s fundraising isn’t slowing down, and it’s now smashed through a record high that has Democrats fearing the worst.

According to Politico, Trump has now blown past any amount that previous presidents have had at this point during their reelections:

Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have raised more than $300 million this year for his reelection — more than any other sitting president in history at this point in the campaign.

Trump has nearly twice as much cash on hand — $158 million, between his campaign account and the RNC — as Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee had at this time in his successful re-election run.

Because of the influx of cash, Trump’s campaign already spent close to $23 million on advertising on various mediums, which is 10 times the amount the Democrats major PAC have spent so far. This gap in spending and fundraising is making Democrats afraid, according to Politico:

“The resources he has will be put to work anywhere and everywhere that he feels like he can scare up electoral votes, and Democrats will never catch up. It’s just too much money,” said Chris Lippincott, a Texas-based Democratic strategist who ran a super PAC opposing Sen. Ted Cruz last year. “That’s real trouble … I’m not here to curse the dark, but it’s dark.”

And the situation stands to get worse.

Since the start of the year, Trump’s campaign operation has run an expensive, far-reaching effort to find new small-dollar donors that is already beginning to pay dividends. The campaign netted 313,000 new donors between July and the end of September, according to numbers provided by the RNC, after spending $4.2 million in advertising on Facebook over the last 90 days.

Democrats, meanwhile, are still four or five months away — at the earliest — from settling on a nominee.

“We don’t know if the Democratic candidate is going to be able to even compete with such a shorter timeline, even if they have significant resources after the convention,” said Tara McGowan, founder and chief executive officer of the progressive group ACRONYM.

This failure to fundraise as well as the Trump campaign as Democrats turning their guns on one another, specifically on Democrat party chair, Tom Perez.

“Tom Perez is as useless as tits on a boar hog,” said two-time South Carolina Democratic Party chair, Dick Harpootlian. “My advice to Tom Perez is quit, get out of the way or do something different. Maybe they need to send a spy to the Republican shop and find out how they’re raising hundreds of millions of dollars off of a guy like Donald Trump.”

It would appear that Democrats are focusing on the wrong problem. They’re more worried about fundraising efforts not being undertaken to take in more cash, and not worried about the underlying reason that Trump raised so much money in the first place.

The DNC has yet to offer a viable candidate among the crop they’ve presented us. The popularity among these candidates may fluctuate within the Democratic party, but the Democratic party itself is shrinking because it has embraced a radical kind of leftism that has most of American turned off.

Even wealthy Democrat donors have threatened to turn their back on the DNC and give their money to Trump if someone like Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes the nomination, which at this time, it looks like she is.

(READ: Big Democrat Donors Threaten To Switch To Trump If Elizabeth Warren Wins The 2020 Nomination)

Democrats aren’t fundraising as well because people don’t want to hand their money to someone who they believe will be bad for the country, and radical leftism has shown to be bad for the country. It’s as simple as that.

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Biden to Hollywood donors: Guiliani is a “thug”, “I know him”

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Hollywood donors are getting antsy about Joe Biden’s ability to fight off President Trump’s jabs. The people who comprise the Hollywood ATM for Democrat candidates want Biden to get aggressive and hit back.

Maybe Biden thought it would show the Hollywood bigwigs that he’s a tough guy and can take the heat from Trump if he broadened his criticisms and included Rudy Guiliani. He told supporters at a fundraiser that Rudy’s “a thug”.

“The guy’s a thug, Giuliani. No, he’s a thug. I know him,” Biden told about 100 people gathered at the Brentwood home of Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos and his wife, Ann.

According to a pool report, Biden continued, “And the president is the most dishonorable president in American history. And folks, he picked the wrong guy to pick a fight with, because I’ll tell you what. I’m going to beat him like a drum.”

Biden did some fundraising in Los Angeles Thursday after delivering an attack against Trump Wednesday in New Hampshire. It was the first time good old Joe spoke out forcefully in response to Trump’s remarks about Biden and his son, Hunter The Biden donors would like more, please.

“This isn’t make-or-break time for the Vice President, but it is time to start hitting Trump harder,” said one top industry donor of Biden’s responses to him, his family and his campaign. “Calling for impeachment was one thing, but Biden needs to stop coasting and get out in front of this,” the A-lister added.

Hollywood executives held two fundraisers Thursday – one in the afternoon and one in the evening – and they are looking for more than Biden repeating over and over again that he will “beat Trump like a drum”. Polls show Elizabeth Warren rising and she’s overtaken his lead in both Iowa and New Hampshire, at least today as I write this, according to RCP. The two are bouncing back and forth, though Biden has managed to keep his support relatively steady even without maintaining an aggressive campaign schedule.

Biden has essentially been phoning it in and looking as though he is feeling as entitled as Hillary Clinton was in 2016. His campaign has been caught flat-footed in defense against the charges of Biden family corruption in Ukraine and China, too. It is puzzling why Team Biden wasn’t prepared and ready to respond when all of this first began. Coming out Wednesday as he did with a bunch of name-calling and macho talk of beating Trump like a drum wasn’t very convincing. Donors are wondering if Biden’s up to the task of a tough general election campaign.

That doesn’t mean that they think Biden should do a 60 Minutes-style sitdown to go point-by-point through the Ukraine-Hunter Biden connection, as some believe that would be giving implicit credibility to Trump’s attacks. However, there is a sense that Biden has a unique opportunity to break through, particularly at a time when the Massachusetts senator is drawing so much attention for her rise in the polls and fundraising.

Biden still has strong support in Los Angeles but some are starting to speak up. Elizabeth Warren is an alternative but not necessarily the top choice if Biden fades. Show biz is a business, after all, and most of the show business execs are not quite ready for socialism.

Meanwhile, Warren, who has shunned the type of tony, high-dollar fundraising events that are a staple of Hollywood’s political scene, has a number of fans in showbiz. “There’s definitely an uptick in interest,” Bojarsky said, adding that “people have started to talking about how she can broaden her appeal.”

Right now, a number of Biden’s industry supporters still feel Sen. Warren will prove too far to the left to win a general election, even as she leads the ex-VP among Dems in some polls. And even in an industry that leans heavily to the left in theory, attacks on the rich have their limits for some upper crust donors, what with Warren’s proposal for a wealth tax and vows to overhaul other aspects of American capitalism.

Biden will have to up his game if he wants to hold on to the money in Los Angeles. The question remains, is he up to the task? Time will tell if he’s “going anywhere” or not.

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7 ways to support breast cancer awareness this October in NoVA

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Stride right: The American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides event brings together those fighting breast cancer on Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy of Making Strides)

Show your support for breast cancer patients and their loved ones at these local charity events in October.

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Oct. 5
Each year throughout the month of October, retail shop Bloomingdale’s offers shoppers the chance to do good while they shop. Since the program’s inception, the company has raised more than $12 million for research, support and awareness programs at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Carey Foundation and the Marisa Acocella Foundation. This year, the Tysons locations will kick off the promotion with a special all-pink yoga class where each participant will leave the workout feeling refreshed, with a pink yoga mat and giveaway bag in hand. // Bloomingdale’s Tysons Corner: 8100 Tysons Corner Center, McLean; prices vary

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Fourth Annual The Pink Carpet Event Charity Fashion Show
Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m.
NoVA residents can come watch breast cancer survivors strut down the runway to benefit a good cause. Proceeds from the event go to the Patient Resource Center at the Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center, a nonprofit hospital in Prince William County. // Riverside Center for the Performing Arts: 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg;  $60-$70

Seventh Annual Race for Every Woman 5K
Oct. 19, 9 a.m.
Support breast cancer patients across the globe by lacing up your sneaks for this annual event organized by Alpha Breast Cancer Support Services. Funds from the race will go toward efforts to purchase mammography devices and other services for women going through treatment in Ethiopia and Eritrea. // Barcroft Park: 4200 S. Four Mile Drive, Arlington;  $10-$70

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Community Walk-n-Talk with 2Unstoppable
Oct. 20, 9-11 a.m.
Each year, people from the Fairfax community and beyond gather together for this free workout hosted by nonprofit 2Unstoppable, recognizing the strength of all women touched by cancer. The day’s events will include an organized warmup led by a cancer exercise specialist, giveaways and a raffle. Plus, this year’s special guest is Dr. Elizabeth Feldman, a breast surgeon at Virginia Cancer Specialists, who will share her expertise and participate in the walk. // W&OD Trailhead, Arlington; free

Buck Breast Cancer Benefit
Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
As part of the annual Washington International Horse Show, this intimate dinner party will give participants the chance to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and the families who stayed by their sides along the way. // Capital One Arena: 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC; $150

Real Kids Wear Pink of Loudoun
Oct. 25, times vary
Throw on your best shade of pink to show your support for Loudoun County’s littlest fundraisers. In support of the American Cancer Society, local kids will have the chance to decide how they raise money, whether it be with a pink-out sporting event or a spirit week, with all funds raised going to support breast cancer research. // Throughout Loudoun County; donations encouraged

Making Strides of Washington, DC
Oct. 26, 9:15 a.m.
Take a walk with members of the community for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides event. As the largest network of breast cancer fighting events in the nation, the festivities are sure to bring in thousands together for a day of remembrance, celebration and support. // The Tidal Basin: 300 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC; donations encouraged with registration

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Blockbuster: Trump, RNC raise combined $125 million in third quarter, a new record

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How big is this number? When Obama ran for reelection in 2011, he and the DNC managed a combined $70 million in the third quarter.

Trump and the RNC didn’t quite double them up, but they got pretty close.

Consider this an unusually concrete example of the advantages of incumbency. While Democratic candidates are dividing liberal money among themselves and using it to battle each other, the GOP can focus all its energy on building a tremendous financial arsenal for next fall.

Well, mostly for next fall. A little of it will be spent this fall to try to solve the president’s impeachment problem.

The pro-Trump effort said Tuesday that it has raised more than $308 million in 2019 and has more than $156 million in the bank. Republicans aim to use the fundraising haul to fight off Democrats’ impeachment effort…

The fundraising announcement comes as the pro-Trump efforts launched their first major advertising campaign of the cycle. Trump’s team aims to devote $1 billion to his reelection.

Last week, as House Democrats launched their impeachment effort, the Trump campaign announced it would spend $8 million to air an ad attacking Democrats for trying to “steal” the 2020 campaign. The RNC said it would spend $2 million attacking Democrats for their support of impeachment.

So there’s another reason why Democrats may have warmed up to impeachment: It’s helping to offset the mammoth lead Trump has on fundraising for the general election, forcing him to spend some of his cash to fight the effort to drive him from office. If I’m right that impeachment will end up as a wash politically, with opinions for and against Trump so hardened that no one ends up being swayed either way by the process, then getting Trump to deplete some of his war chest might be the chief benefit Democrats get from it.

But wait. Are we sure Trump and the RNC are *losing* money on impeachment on balance? Granted, they’re spending some — but how much are they making?

In addition to taking numerous fundraising trips to collect reelection cash, Trump’s cash haul got a boost in recent days as House Democrats endorsed an impeachment inquiry. The Trump campaign brought in $8.5 million dollars online in two days after the impeachment push began.

How do you suppose the Trump campaign will do fundraising-wise in the 24 hours after Democrats actually go ahead and impeach him?

I’m curious to see a breakdown of how much of the $125 million came from small donors and how much came from fatcats. (In 2011, Obama’s haul came from 600,000 individual donors, 98 percent of whom gave $250 or less.) I can imagine the numbers being strong from both groups. Trump is extremely popular within his own party and the “siege effect” from impeachment may increase that popularity, or at least increase the enthusiasm of hardcore fans. There’s bound to a broad base of smaller donors, and they’re apt to become more eager to show their support in the fourth quarter as the Democrats close in on him. Meanwhile, rich donors are warily watching Elizabeth Warren’s ascendance in the Democratic primary and imagining their wealth going up in smoke in 2021. They’re surely pouring money into Trump’s campaign as well, knowing that he’s a weak incumbent by historical standards and may need extra financial help to hold her off next year. If you can spend thousands now by donating to Trump to save millions later in new taxes if Democrats sweep to power, that’s an investment worth making.

One more number for you:

The Republican National Committee’s most recent financial disclosure showed that the organization held $53.8 million cash on hand at the end of August. The Democratic National Committee, by contrast, had $8.2 million on hand at that time.

Trump proved in 2016 that a financial disadvantage is no bar to winning the presidency, something the Democratic nominee will find comfort in next year. I wonder how big a difference the RNC’s financial advantage will make in Senate races, though. It looks like they’ll have lots of cash on hand that can be shoveled as needed at candidates like Susan Collins and Cory Gardner who are stuck in tough purple-state races. Trump’s fundraising bonanza might not be enough to win him an election but it could be enough to ensure that the GOP keeps the Senate. That, not Trump, may be the only thing that keeps Warren away from rich people’s money.

Here’s Steve Bannon imagining that the end result of impeachment might be … another Hillary Clinton candidacy. That won’t happen, but it’s understandable that Bannon would want to go back to that well. Can’t go wrong as a right-winger promoting Clinton as a face of the Democratic Party.

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Trump Campaign’s Third-Quarter Fundraising Haul Is Absolutely Mind-Blowing

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Amid all the impeachment fever, perhaps Democrats have awoken a sleeping giant?

We have already heard about how much money the Trump campaign was able to bring in post Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement. Over $5 million was raised in just 24 hours. But apparently that wasn’t a fluke or just one emotional day. His campaign just announced their third-quarter fundraising totals and they are absolutely mind-blowing.

By comparison, Barack Obama and the DNC raised around $70 million in the same quarter before his re-elect campaign. Trump nearly doubled that. Hillary Clinton, even with all her huge donors in 2016, didn’t have numbers like this.

That’s an interesting thought. We are assured that the enthusiasm is of the 2020 raise resides with Democrats, yet the DNC’s fundraising has fallen flat compared to their Republican counterparts. Meanwhile, polling is also showing that Republicans are more energized than ever to vote. Are these fundraising totals more proof of that? I think it’s pretty indicative, especially given how much of this came from small donors.

With that said, is money really that important? I think the answer is yes and no. It’s going to be really key in getting the ground game going early and effectively. It’ll also allow the RNC to put a lot of cash into some of these Congressional races Democrats are taking for granted. These are advantages Trump will absolutely need to have in order to have the best shot at re-election in the current environment. While it won’t show up in fundraising totals, the legacy media are going to shovel billions of in-kind campaign contributions into the coffers of whatever Democrat is the nominee. Trump was outspent in 2016 and lived off of unearned media, so it’s definitely important.

I guess the best way to describe what we are seeing is that it can’t hurt. It’s never a disadvantage to have the most money and the best ground game. That won’t win an election on its own, but it helps. Impeachment will likely only energize the right more and pour more money on Trump’s head. Democrats should be very careful how they treat the next six months. They already appear to be overplaying their hand and it could get really bad for them if they miscalculate. Trump seems to be betting on that happening though and it’s a dang good bet.

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Beto’s fundraising pitch: ‘Now, we don’t want anything to happen to the kitten …

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Please spare the life of Miss Whiskers by donating $5, $10, or even $15 to the failing presidential campaign of Robert Francis O’Rourke. Otherwise, the kitten may not be long for this world.

That was said jokingly by O’Rourke (or was it?) during his interview on the stage of TribFest this weekend but it shows the level of desperation that the candidate has reached.

TribFest, for those unfamiliar with it, is a three-day annual event sponsored by The Texas Tribune in Austin. It’s a far-left wonderland where people like Nancy Pelosi are not adequately liberal enough for most of the audience. (Jazz referenced her appearance.) Her lecture to the notoriously young and super-woke crowd present didn’t elicit near the rousing applause that other guests did, especially when she pledged to support incumbents over candidates looking to unseat them. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a member of the Texas congressional delegation who is considered one of the few moderate Democrats left in the House, was singled out recently by Justice Democrats and has a primary challenger. Justice Democrats, you remember, backed AOC in her primary challenge in 2018.

The Democrats running for president are looking at the requirements to be in the November debate and some are falling short. Robert Francis O’Rourke is concerned that he may be one of those Democrats. He was asked during his interview with NBC’s Garrett Haake if he would remain in the primary race if he fails to meet the DNC requirements for the November debate. He joked that it may take a Facebook livestream event that involves a kitten to meet his fundraising goal but he’s not going anywhere any time soon.

“You know, it’s kind of raising the ante or the bar for how we compete for those dollars,” O’Rourke said. “I mean, I could maybe do a Facebook livestream with a kitten and, say, you know, ‘Now, we don’t want anything to happen to the kitten … and so, you know, send your $5 or $10 or $15 in now. And, you know, Miss Whiskers is going to be fine.’”

Haake returned the joke saying that the federal election attorneys were on the phone. O’Rourke then assured the crowd that he was only kidding but qualified it with “I can’t say it didn’t cross my mind.” Yikes! Poor Miss Whiskers.

Twelve candidates will be on the debate stage in October. O’Rourke is one of them. Some of the candidates that are still polling at the bottom of the heap are showing some very creative ways to capture attention as the deadline approaches to meet the requirements for the November debate. Amy Klobuchar used the dramatic appeals in a plea for donations.

O’Rourke has met the new threshold in fundraising to qualify for the November debate but not the polling requirement.

November’s debate, the DNC has announced, has higher thresholds for polling and donor numbers. O’Rourke has met the donor requirements but needs improved polling.

According to the DNC, candidates must cross one of the two polling requirements and receive money from at least 165,000 individual donors, an increase from 130,000 for the fall debates, to qualify.

For polling requirements, Democratic hopefuls must earn at least 3% in four or more national or early-state — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada — polls, a modest bump from the last round of debates, or get at least 5% in two early-state polls.

To cross the first polling threshold, each of the qualifying polls must have a different sponsor — or be in a different geographical area if it’s the same sponsor. But with far less polling coming from the early states, for a candidate to qualify via the second avenue, the DNC is allowing for two early-state polls to be in the same geographical areas and from the same sponsors.

Will Robert Francis meet the polling requirement in time? The candidates must satisfy the requirements by seven days before the November debate. That date hasn’t been announced, though. A sudden rise in popularity is unlikely. He took a huge swing at it after recent mass shootings enabled him to become the gun-grabbing candidate yet he’s still only at 2.5% nationally according to Real Clear Politics as I write this Sunday morning. He is at 1.7% in Iowa, 1.3% in New Hampshire, and 2% in South Carolina – the first three state primaries. In Nevada, he is at 0%. O’Rourke gambled on opportunistically using the deaths and injuries brought about by gun violence and he lost. He has the resources to hang around for as long as he wants and it looks like he will do just that.

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Democrats Raised Trump $5 Million in Just 24 Hours Thanks to Impeachment Threat

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While it’s likely that the Democrat’s impeachment efforts won’t amount to much besides trouble for Joe Biden, the one thing is doing is filling President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign coffers faster scotch glass in a tidal wave.

According to Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, in the 24 hours since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats would go forward with impeachment proceedings, the GOP has raised $5 million dollars from donors in all 50 states. What’s more, Parscale says that these are only small-dollar donations, not large scale.

Trump and the GOP were pretty much ready to fundraise off the impeachment efforts immediately, and within the first day alone they had already accumulated $1 million. It would appear, however, that donation train was just picking up steam.

Next thing you know, the Trump campaign is rolling around in cash.

This shouldn’t be surprising, given a few factors. Not only are Trump’s approval numbers climbing, polls have also shown that the majority of Americans do not support impeachment at 57 percent.

(READ: Poll Shows The Majority Of Americans Still Don’t Want Trump Impeached)

So far, the only 2020 candidate who seemingly gets that this is more damaging than helpful is Tulsi Gabbard, who told The Hill that it’s not up to Democrat lawmakers as to whether or not Trump should leave office, it’s up to the people.

Add this to the myriad of bad signs for Democrats, not just in terms of their impeachment efforts but also in terms of their success in 2020. They are continuously ignoring the signs and making their campaigns centered around hatred for Trump instead of the American people.

This, in turn, reveals that their faith in the party’s success in 2020 is massively low and that getting Trump out through other means is their only way to power.

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