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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"North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday." The announcement comes shortly before Kim Jong Un "is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang."
"Republican megadonor Foster Friess has told party leaders in Wyoming that he plans to run for governor," and is expected to make an announcement this afternoon. Friess has donated "millions of dollars to Republican candidates and causes over the last decade, according to federal campaign finance records," including over "$1.7 million to boost Santorum's [presidential] campaign" in 2016. Gov. Matt Mead (R) is term-limited, and "a handful of Republicans are running in an open primary to succeed him in one of the reddest states in the country."
Four Palestinian protestors have been killed by Israeli fire near the Gaza-Israel border, bringing the death toll to 38, in what marks the "fourth consecutive week of Gaza's March of Return mass protests." The marches are part of a "month-and-a-half-long protest organized by Hamas near the border fence," which organizers have said will not stop before May 15. The marches are intended to emulate anti-apartheid protests in South Africa, and to commemorate the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in 1948, during the establishment of the State of Israel.
"Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is looking to sue for defamation, wrongful termination and other possible civil claims, his lawyer told reporters Friday." McCabe's attorney Michael Bromwich said that his team "hasn't managed to find any witnesses to corroborate McCabe's version of the story," although they have not had enough time to do so. "McCabe’s lawyers are also seeking ways to release the emails between McCabe and Comey, which would offer insight into their communication about the leaks to the Wall Street Journal."
"The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump. The complaint, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges that top Trump campaign officials conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there." The DNC is seeking "millions of dollars in compensation to offset damage it claims the party suffered from the hacks," and is arguing the cyberattack" undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats."