Secret Silicon Valley Group Has Funneled $20 Million to Democrats

$20 million

Recode: “A secretive group led by Stanford University academics has unleashed millions of dollars in political spending from Silicon Valley and is now convincing some of its biggest donors to spend millions more to back Democrats in 2020. … Mind the Gap, a network formed less than two years ago, has been quietly routing millions of dollars to Democratic candidates and groups across the country in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles, emerging as a new power center in the Silicon Valley political scene.”

Late-Entry Candidates Never Win

“Bloomberg’s surprise late entry into the 2020 race is a familiar story: The candidate who casts himself in the role of The Savior Who Is Waiting in the Wings is a quadrennial feature of presidential campaigns. For decades, Democrats and Republicans alike have persisted in looking beyond the field of those desperate few who have spent months, if not years, racking up frequent flier miles; eating indigestible food; begging for money; and crowding into coffee shops, union halls and living rooms trying to build a constituency. Right around this time of the cycle, these voters and pundits and party operatives reliably hit the panic button, certain that somewhere above the fray stands a candidate free of the now-obvious flaws that burden the rest of the field. … There’s one pesky fact about these late-entry candidacies: They never succeed. Only once have they even materially affected the outcome of a fight for the nomination.”

Jeff Greenfield

Waiting for the Septuagenarian Slugfest to Start

“Every public poll shows a steady and indisputable trend: The Democratic 2020 race is a three-way brawl between 70-somethings who came to fame in the U.S. Senate. … In this era of change, technology and disruption, Democrats seem content with three pre-Internet era throwbacks: Bernie Sanders, 78; Joe Biden, 76; and Elizabeth Warren, 70. … The Democratic nominee will run against 73-year-old President Trump.”

Jim VandeHei

Trump Ran 2,000 Facebook Ads on the Immigrant ‘Invasion’

2,000

“President Trump’s re-election campaign has harnessed Facebook advertising to push the idea of an ‘invasion’ at the southern border, amplifying the fear-inducing language about immigrants that he has also voiced at campaign rallies and on Twitter,” the New York Times reports. “Since January, Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign has posted more than 2,000 ads on Facebook that include the word ‘invasion’ — part of a barrage of advertising focused on immigration, a dominant theme of his re-election messaging.”

Trump Vulnerable on Healthcare in Key States

52%

A Public Policy Polling survey in four battleground states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — found that 52% of respondents said they trust Democrats more on health care than President Trump. Key finding: “The poll also found that 72% of respondents would not vote for a candidate who supports health plans that would eliminate health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

Trump Is Seeking Foreign Help

“Trump continues to show every sign of hoping and expecting to benefit from foreign collusion in 2020. In May, he intended to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to pressure the government to supply dirt on Joe Biden. He and his ally, Mitch McConnell, are blocking measures (including ones with bipartisan support) to help safeguard elections against foreign attacks and social media propaganda. … His message to Russia, or any other government that wants a close relationship with him, is obvious: do anything you can to help me win.”

Jonathan Chait