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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"The Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian woman for her alleged role in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 U.S. election, marking the first criminal case prosecutors have brought against a foreign national for interfering in the upcoming midterms. Elena Khusyaynova, 44, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Prosecutors said she managed the finances of 'Project Lakhta,' a foreign influence operation they said was designed 'to sow discord in the U.S. political system' by pushing arguments and misinformation online about a host of divisive political issues, including immigration, the Confederate flag, gun control and the National Football League national-anthem protests."
The United States and South Korea have suspended "another major joint military exercise to give the diplomatic process with North Korea 'every opportunity to continue.'" Exercise Vigilant Ace, which last year "involved 12,000 US troops and some 230 military aircraft from the US and South Korea," was due to take place in December. Trump has canceled other operations in the past, which Gen. Robert Abrams said "had resulted in a 'slight degradation' to the readiness of US and Korean troops," but were a "prudent risk" to improve improve relations with Pyongyang.
"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has decided to take part in an anti-terror finance meeting with Saudi security officials and their Middle Eastern counterparts in Riyadh later this month, opting to attend despite growing global outrage over the suspected murder of a U.S.-based journalist at the hands of Saudi operatives, according to three people familiar with his travel plans. The security gathering next week is separate from a Riyadh financial summit that Mnuchin announced on Thursday he would not attend."
"Steve Penny, the former president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, has been indicted on a felony count of tampering with evidence" in the sexual assault case against disgraced USA gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. Nassar was found guilty in January of sexually abusing dozens of young gymnasts, and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. Penny, who was arrested on Wednesday in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, "is accused of ordering the removal of documents from the Karolyi Ranch in Texas," where much of Nassar's abuse occurred.
Defense attorneys involved in the Mueller probe say the public "shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths. ... Perhaps most unsatisfying: Mueller’s findings may never even see the light of day."