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Datapoint: 1.2 billion dollars. That’s the overall economic cost of the partial government shutdown, each week, according to the president’s chief economist. POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook joins the podcast to give an update on what’s happening in the White House during the shut down as federal employees miss their first paychecks. Last week she told us not much was going on, but this week everything has gone into hyper drive.
Check out a story from this segment: Shutdown’s economic damage: $1 billion a week
Datapoint: 700,000. More than 700-thousand people donated money to Beto O’Rourke’s failed Senate campaign.
That’s according to Federal Election Commission data from ActBlue, the Democratic fundraising platform.
And it doesn’t stop there — another four democrats have donor networks of at least 200-thousand people over the last two years. POLITICO reporters Elena Schneider and David Siders join to talk about the Democrats with big donation possibilities. Plus, editor Charlie Mahtesian talks about the importance of candidates having viral moments as they gear up for 2020.
Check out a story from this segment: ‘The new straw poll’: 2020 candidates race to build small-donor armies