Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “raised $43.5 million in February and ended the month with $17.2 million cash on hand” while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) raised $30 million in contributions in February” and “ended the month with $31 million” on hand. (Politico)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) raised $3.4 million and reported $1.3 million on hand at the end of the month. (Politico)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) raised $12 million and ended the month with $8 million. (Politico)
Real estate mogul Donald Trump (R) “put $6.9 million more of his personal money into his presidential campaign in February,” bringing the amount “lent or given his campaign nearly $25 million.” He’s also raised an additional “$9.5 million, including $2 million in February.” (Washington Post)
OUTSIDE GROUPS. The pro-Clinton Priorities USA Action “had $44.5 million in the bank at the beginning of March and an additional $49 million in commitments.” (Washington Post)
The anti-Trump Our Principles PAC raised $4.7 million in February. (Wall Street Journal)
“The six major outside groups” backing Cruz “together raised $7.9 million and spent $11.5 million, ending the month with $20 million cash on hand.” (Politico)
The pro- Rubio Conservative Solutions PAC “raised a whopping $25 million last month as the Republican establishment rallied around the Florida senator in the hopes of stopping … Trump. … The PAC … raised some of its biggest checks from major donors who had previously supported other candidates who dropped out.” (Politico)
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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.'"