NY-01: State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R) raised $131,000 in the two-month pre-primary period, while former SEC prosecutor George Demos (R) raised $59,000. Demos started his campaign with a personal donation of $2 million. Rep. Tim Bishop (D) raised $175,000 and has a significant cash advantage with more than $800,000 in the bank. (Hotline reporting)
NY-04: Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (D) had a wide lead on her competitors in fundraising, taking in $644,000 in the pre-primary period, compared to Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman‘s (R) $89,000 and attorney Frank Scaturro‘s (R) $36,000. (Hotline reporting)
NY-11: Rep. Michael Grimm (R) raised only $44,000 and spent $214,000, including $40,000 to his attorneys at Patton Boggs. Former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D) raised $144,000 and had more than $1 million in cash. (New York Daily News)
NY-19: Rep. Chris Gibson (R) raised $353,000, while investor Sean Eldridge (D) raised $138,000. Both had roughly $1.5 million cash on hand; Eldridge donated $965,000 to his campaign earlier in the race. (Hotline reporting)
NY-21: Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf (D) raised $163,000, former George W. Bush White House aide Elise Stefanik (R) raised $114,000, and businessman Matt Doheny (R) raised $87,000. Woolf had a significant cash advantage, with $377,000 to Stefanik’s $184,000 and Doheny’s $172,000. Woolf has given his campaign about $211,000, Stefanik has given hers about $62,000, and Doheny has given his $250,500. (Hotline reporting)
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he's accepting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's offer to hold an immigration vote at a later date, "clearing the way for passage of a bill to reopen the federal government" today. "McConnell early Monday promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation, under an open amendment process, if Democrats would agree to end the government shutdown."
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday promised to take up an immigration bill protecting an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and allow an open amendment process if Democrats agree to reopen the government." He may need up to a dozen Democratic votes.
Twitter is notifying 677,775 U.S. users "who followed, retweeted, or liked tweets from accounts of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian government-linked troll farm." The social media company has so far identified 50,258 Russian-linked bot accounts that tweeted around the election. According to analysis, the hashtag #SchumerShutdown has become the top trending hashtag promoted by Russian bots on Twitter in the past 48 hours. The Alliance for Securing Democracy, found that the accounts have used the hashtag more than 700 times. (Politico)
The updated timetable, which Pence announced, represents an acceleration of plans to formalize their recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. "'By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction — and fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace,' he added. Israeli Arab lawmakers staged a walk out during Pence's address at the beginning of his speech, while Palestinian officials snubbed Pence’s visit to parliament. Netenyahu described the U.S.-Israel relationship as a 'remarkable alliance' which has 'never been stronger.'"