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GOP Reaches Agreement on New Fundraising Platform

Centrist Democrats are hoping for more negotiations on ending the shutdown.

Jan. 22, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

President Trump’s “political team and top Republican officials have reached a landmark agreement to reshape the party’s fundraising apparatus. … Following weeks of closed-door discussions, Republicans have agreed to create a new platform dubbed Patriot Pass, which will be used to cultivate and process online donations. … Under the arrangement, Data Trust, the RNC’s designated clearinghouse of voter information, will form a joint venture with Revv, a donation processor used by the Trump campaign.”

"As part of the agreement, Victory Passport, a small-dollar platform used widely by Republican congressional candidates, is expected to eventually shutter and encourage its clients to use the new platform. ... The new tool is expected to launch next month. While party officials concede that catching up to or surpassing the 14-year-old ActBlue won’t happen immediately, they contend they can level the playing field through a platform that can mimic ActBlue’s technology."

"Those involved in the agreement stress that candidates won’t be required to use Patriot Pass; they'll be free to use any other payment processors on the market. It remains to be seen how other firms not involved in the deal, such as Anedot, respond to the news." (Politico)

SHUTDOWN POLITICS. "This past week, a group of freshmen in Trump-leaning districts convened a private strategy session to discuss how they could press Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reclaim the issue of border security for Democrats and to open the door to negotiations with President Trump. Some also aired their frustrations with" House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries "who hosted a small dinner for freshmen from battleground districts."

"After just three weeks in Washington, many of the centrists say the partisan split in the Capitol is even worse than they had imagined, and some have been quietly reaching out to freshman Republicans to see if they can find a way to bridge the divide and end the shutdown."

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 08):“If I was back at the Defense Department, we would look at an objective needs assessment for securing the border and we would build a budget to fund that security, and we would be negotiating on it." (New York Times)

On Fox News, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ 02) said "$5.7 billion is a reasonable amount for border security if spent appropriately. ... There is a wing of the Democratic party that believes 'we need to ensure we negotiate as much as possible, as soon as possible, 24/7.” (Press of Atlantic City)

Meanwhile, Rep. John Katko (R-NY 24) "released a statement Sunday endorsing Trump's plan" to end the shutdown, "which he described as a 'compromise'" that would secure the borders and provide money for DACA. (Auburn Citizen)

CANDIDATE WATCH.

IA-01: State Rep. Ashley Hinson (R) "is within weeks of deciding whether to" challenge Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) in 2020. "She has met with Republican congressional campaign leaders as well as" Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY 21), "who is making it a point to recruit female Republican candidates." (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

NY-11: State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R), "who mounted an unsuccessful bid against Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017, stoked speculation that she might be running for Congress by posting a photo of herself" House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. "The posting could be a hint of her future plans to challenge" Rep. Max Rose (D). (New York Post)

OK-05: "Among the unofficial names" of potential challengers to Rep. Kendra Horn (D) "are current State Senate Pro-tem Greg Treat (R-OKC) and former Oklahoma City mayor and gubernatorial candidate Mick Cornett. In an October interview ... Cornett said he would not likely venture back into politics after losing his primary race last year. Neither Treat nor Cornett have said anything in public about the race for 2020. The GOP has also begun conducting over-the-phone surveys of voters ... asking them about a list of candidates which included several prominent business leaders." (KWTV)

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