CA GOV: Former state schools superintendent Delaine Eastin (D) reported this week raising $337,000 in the second half of 2017 and having $184,000 on hand. She also loaned her campaign $100,000 on Nov. 20. (California Target Book)
ID GOV: Developer Tommy Ahlquist (R) raised $450,000 in the second half of the year, $326,000 of which was self-funded. (release)
MI GOV: Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) will report raising about $747,000 in the latest reporting period between Oct. 21 and Dec. 31. State Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) raised $735,000 in the same time and will report $2.4 million on hand, according to a spokesman. (Detroit News)
OH GOV: State Attorney General Mike DeWine’s (R) “campaign said that it would report raising more than $6 million, bringing its war chest to more than $10 million. A $6 million figure would translate to a minimum of $1.4 million raised over the past seven months by DeWine, not counting a large transfer from the campaign of former-rival, now running mate Jon Husted.”
A source with former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray’s (D) “campaign said the Democrat would report raising in excess of $1.4 million in just the eight weeks since Cordray joined the race.” (Columbus Dispatch)
PA GOV: State Sen. Scott Wagner (R) raised $4.6 million, loaned his campaign $5.6 million, and reported $5.9 million on hand. (Philly.com)
Former health care consultant Paul Mango (R) self-funded $6.7 million of his $8.4 million haul last year. He also “reported a $1 million loan from Patrick Hampson, a private equity executive who lives a few blocks from Mango in the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia.” (AP)
SD GOV: State Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) “received itemized donations from 882 individuals. … Of those, 45 were from outside of South Dakota, donors in 22 other states. They donated $32,250 of Jackley’s total, or about 4 percent.” Rep. Kristi Noem (R) raised “from 611 donors. Her 90 out-of-state donors came from 26 states. She raised $111,724 from them, or 16 percent of her total.” (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
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"Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office, indicating he's poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already spoken to Mueller's team about his case and has been in plea negotiations for about a month. He's had what criminal lawyers call a 'Queen for a Day' interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from the prosecutors' team, including about his own case and other potential criminal activity he witnessed."
"The Senate on Thursday rejected immigration legislation crafted by centrists in both parties after President Trump threatened to veto the bill if it made it to his desk. In a 54-45 vote, the Senate failed to advance the legislation from eight Republican, seven Democratic and one Independent senators. It needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle. "