Fundraising Wins, Shifty Schiff

Grind for October 5th
“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

– Douglas Adams

Keeping Score

The Headline

Dems start to announce fundraising totals (Trump beats them all)

The Grind

Democratic candidates have until October 15th (the next debate) to release their fundraising totals to the FEC.

So far, only Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg have done so – earning $25.3 million and $19.1 million during Q3, respectively.

The Details

Nationwide polling data shows Biden still in the lead, followed very closely by Elizabeth Warren. Grandpa Sanders is in third place with 16.8% and Buttigieg is in fourth place with 5.5%.

As we move closer to the Iowa caucus in February, there is a growing realization among candidates that cash on hand will make or break a campaign.

“If you are being outraised 3 to 1 by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, or Joe Biden, you have no viable path to victory,” says Rufus Gifford, former finance director for Barack Obama. “Even if you can compete in the early states…shortly thereafter you will run out of money.”

Cory Booker recently reached his goal of $1.7 million after asking Hillary Clinton for help and Steve Bullock has applied for public financing to support his campaign.

And then you have President Trump and the RNC, which pulled in a whopping $15 million during the three days following the announcement of the impeachment probe.

The RNC had previously announced donations totaling more than $210 million for 2019

Smells Fishy

The Headline

Trump critic Adam Schiff had prior knowledge of Ukraine complaint

The Grind

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, knew about Trump’s phone call to Ukraine before the original complaint was filed.

Here’s what happened:

This summer, President Trump phoned the Ukrainian President and suggested he “look into” the Bidens.

Democrats accused Trump of soliciting Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election and used the phone call to launch an impeachment probe (a great fundraiser for Trump!).

In September, a CIA officer who heard about the call (secondhand) approached a House aide for advice. The aide urged the whistleblower to hire a lawyer and file the complaint through the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The aide also spoke with Mr. Schiff.

The Details

Schiff claims he never spoke “directly” with the whistleblower and knew only the “broad outlines” of the allegations against Trump.

“I think it’s a scandal that he knew before,” said Trump. “I’d go a step further – I think he probably helped write it.”

Schiff further angered Trump last Thursday by mocking the phone call during his opening statement to Congress.

“Congressmen Adam Schiff should resign for the crime of… fraudulently fabricating a statement of the President of the United States and reading it to Congress, as though mine!” tweeted Trump. “He is sick!”

Schiff said the speech was intended as parody.

The Takeaway

This story is bad news for the Democrats. Even if Schiff didn’t know the details, the fact remains: the whistleblower had help (at least advice) from the Democrats.

That means the attack on Trump was planned, prepared, and orchestrated by Democrats – a genuine coup attempted by elected officials. Can’t they just wait until next November?

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