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Morning Reads: "Access Hollywood" Raised Millions for Trump?

Supporters listen to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally on Oct. 27, 2016, at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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Trump’s low fundraising numbers –> In the first half of October, Donald Trump raised $30.5 million, about half of what Hillary Clinton pulled in. But roughly a third of Trump’s cash came in on the day the Access Hollywood tape became public, Kenneth Vogel writes for Politico:

“Small donors tend to give online, often in response to appeals pegged to news events in the campaign. That could explain Trump’s fundraising surge on the day that The Washington Post published a decade-old recording in which Trump boasted about groping and kissing women without their consent. The Trump campaign sought to rally his supporters by casting the report as part of a media vendetta against him, though the $11.5 million haul on that day does not include donations of $200 or less, since those aren’t itemized by date in FEC reports.”

Trump is now offering to match donations to his campaign dollar for dollar… perhaps in response to criticism that he hasn’t put as much of his personal fortune into the campaign as he promised he would.

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo writes, “Donald Trump has been saying for weeks that he’s put $100 million of his own money into his campaign, even going so far as to attempt to shame Hillary Clinton for not contributing some of her own money to her campaign…

“Trump would need to contribute another $44 million to make good on his $100 million claim. Indeed, this month he’s only contributed $33,000. (You can apparently mark him down as another major donor who has abandoned Trump during the stretch as his poll numbers have collapsed.) The AP notes that roughly $9 million of that money has gone back to various Trump businesses, mainly the holding company that flies his jet.”

Open intra-party war –> Here’s a first: the National Republican Congressional Committee is running ads praising a vulnerable Republican candidate for Congress for not backing Trump. “Individual Republican House candidates have cut ads distancing themselves from Trump, but this is the first time the NRCC, the committee charged with electing Republicans to the House, has explicitly used the message that not supporting the Republican presidential nominee is a good thing,” Alexis Levinson writes for National Review. “[Bob] Dold, who represents the Democratic-leaning 10th District in Illinois, is one of the most endangered incumbents this cycle. President Barack Obama won this district with 58 percent of the vote in 2012.”

Acquitted –> Seven of the leaders of the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter, including Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan, were acquitted by a jury yesterday. The Oregonian reports that in a strange turn of events, the Bundys’ lawyer then demanded that they be set free and was himself forcibly taken into custody.

Courtney Sherwood and Kirk Johnson write for The New York Times, “It was not immediately clear how the not-guilty verdicts would affect the government’s strategy in another case stemming from the Oregon occupation, or a trial in Nevada that the Bundy brothers and their father, Cliven Bundy, face for an armed standoff there.”

Biden’s back –> He could be the next secretary of state, Politico reports, apparently spilling the beans to the man himself: “Neither Clinton nor her aides have yet told Biden. According to the source, they’re strategizing about how to make the approach to the vice president, who almost ran against her in the Democratic primaries but has since been campaigning for her at a breakneck pace all over the country in these final months.”

Others say Clinton will not choose Biden as their views on foreign and military policy (including the killing of Osama bin Laden) have repeatedly clashed. Elise Viebeck at The Washington Post has a list of other possible candidates within the foreign policy establishment: “Over in Foggy Bottom, the diplomatic establishment is rooting for one of its own.”

Dakota Access foes clash with police –> NBC News: “Police in armored vehicles and donning riot gear clashed with activists as demonstrations against a controversial North Dakota oil pipeline reached a new peak early Friday. Authorities had arrested 141 protesters by midnight (1 a.m. ET), culminating a more than six-hour standoff over the stretch of private land lying in the pipeline’s path, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.”

One last jobs report… –> … before the election. Fortunately for Clinton, the economy’s growth exceeded expectations, progressing “at its strongest pace in two years in the third quarter.”

Preview –> At FiveThirtyEight, David Wasserman predicts five stories you might find yourself reading the morning after Election Day, depending on which way the November wind blows.


Morning Reads was compiled by John Light and edited by Michael Winship. See a story that you think should be included in Morning Reads? Tell us in the comments!



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