“The Democratic National Committee has hired Mary Beth Cahill as its interim CEO, replacing—at least temporarily—Jess O’Connell, who stepped down in a surprise on Monday.
“Cahill is best known as one of the presidential campaign managers for John Kerry in 2004. She was also an executive director of EMILY’s List and worked for a number of other top Democratic politicians, including the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. … A search for a permanent replacement is underway,” but Chairman Tom Perez “has been closely guarding the names under consideration.” (Politico)
ALABAMA MONEY. “In the immediate aftermath of” Sen. Doug Jones’s (D-AL) December special election win, the DNC “tried to take no small amount of credit. Indeed, it took $1 million worth of credit. The truth is more complicated.
“After Jones defeated Republican and accused pedophile Roy Moore, the DNC said it had quietly spent $1 million constructing a voter-outreach effort for the Democrat, including an extensive campaign of text messages, phone calls, and door-knockers.
“Now, faced with documentation that questions the claim, DNC officials say the committee spent only $250,000 of its own money on the race, cash that funded more than two dozen staffers on the ground in the state who, among other things, conducted extensive outreach to African-American voters. The rest–nearly three-quarters of the total funds originally claimed–was not a direct injection of DNC money but instead cash the DNC raised on behalf of Jones through email solicitations.” (McClatchy)
GARCETTI. “A new political action committee formed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) to help flip Congress to Democratic control reported more than $120,000 in its first couple of weeks of fundraising, according to its first filing with the Federal Election Commission.” (KPCC)
MINNESOTA. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party “announced it raised more money in 2017 than any off-year in party history. In 2017, the party raised over $4.1 million … with over $598,000 cash-on-hand.” (release)
IOWA. Iowa’s Democratic and Republican state party chairmen penned a joint op-ed in the Des Moines Register, urging Iowans to vote in Monday’s caucus.
“Without the national spotlight on our state, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with local politics, but that’s why we’ve come together today to raise awareness and encourage each and every one of you to use your power as Iowans to shape the future of our state. Representative government works only if people participate. Participating in our democracy is not a Democrat issue or a Republican issue—it’s an American issue, and coming out to caucus is a point of pride here in Iowa.” (Des Moines Register)
PENNSYLVANIA. “Marcel Groen announced he is resigning as chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.” (PoliticsPA)
CONSULTANT WATCH. “Putnam Partners announced today that Emily Aden, a longtime democratic operative and veteran of Hillary for America, McAuliffe for Governor, and multiple campaign committees and super PAC’s has joined the Democratic media consulting firm as Vice President.” (release)
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"Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry. This is the first indication that Mueller is exploring Kushner's discussions with potential non-Russian foreign investors, including in China." At issue specifically is his quest for financing help on the beleaguered 666 Fifth Avenue building.
The indictment, filed in the District of Columbia, alleges that the interference began "in or around 2014," when the defendants began tracking and studying U.S. social media sites. They "created and controlled numerous Twitter accounts" and "purchased computer servers located inside the United States" to mask their identities, some of which were stolen. The interference was coordinated by election interference "specialists," and focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, and other divisive issues. "By early to mid-2016" the groups began supporting the campaign of "then-candidate Donald Trump," including by communicating with "unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign..."