Since Jan. 1, President Trump's 2020 re-election campaign has spent $835,000 on legal fees, about 22 percent of its total spending, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show.
The Trump campaign has paid at least eight law firms, with the two firms working on the Stormy Daniels case receiving a combined $280,000. The reports also state that the campaign has spent $125,000 at several Trump businesses, including Trump International Hotel and Trump Tower, and paid former White House aide Johnny McEntee $22,000. After McEntee was fired in March, apparently for security concerns tied to a gambling habit, he was immediately hired by the campaign. So far this year, the campaign has raised $10.1 million, spending $3.9 million. Catherine Garcia
For supporters of President Trump who want the whole world — or at least those watching a livestream of his first State of the Union address via his campaign website — to know they've got Trump's back, it'll cost just $35.
Trump sent out a fundraising solicitation on Monday that said his "movement" is about "ALL of us," and that's why "your name deserves to be displayed during Tuesday night's speech." Donors have to give at least $35 to Trump's re-election campaign for their name to flash across the screen during the livestream, but they are more than welcome to donate up to $2,700, the maximum amount allowed per election. Calling it now: at least a few Ben Dovers, Don Keys, and Ivana Tinkles will be among the donors. Catherine Garcia
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is sitting on a mountain of campaign cash for 2020, Politico reports, which is larger than any other senatorial war chest at this distance from Election Day. Warren presently has $12.8 million banked, a near-record for a senator at this point in the campaign.
Warren's aggressive fundraising — plus a busy schedule of meetings with constituents and prominent figures including former President Obama — has fueled ongoing speculation that her 2020 plans may aim higher than the Senate. She reportedly has staffers searching for personal vulnerabilities that could serve as attack ad fodder, and she published what is arguably a campaign book this past April.
This posturing puts Warren in an elite group of serious contenders for the 2020 Democratic nod that also includes Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden. Of the three, Warren is the youngest and the only woman.
"The stuff that Trump is focused on, a lot of it is big breaks to big corporations and the banks and others, and that's in her sweet spot, that's why she was elected, it's what she cares about," Democratic strategist and 2012 Warren campaign staffer Doug Rubin told Politico. "So you may see more of her, just because this stuff is out there." Bonnie Kristian
The Republican National Committee has decided to pull out of a joint fundraising agreement it had with Roy Moore, the GOP Senate candidate in Alabama, a senior party official told Politico Tuesday.
Moore has been accused of making sexual advances towards teenage girls when he was in his early 30s, and GOP leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have spent the last few days calling on him to drop out of the race. Alabama's special election is set for Dec. 12, but the RNC has also decided to shut down its field program in the state; they had about 12 paid canvassers working there for Moore. Last Friday, one day after The Washington Post reported on the allegations against Moore, the National Republican Senatorial Committee withdrew from its joint fundraising agreement with the candidate. Catherine Garcia
CVS has made a $66 billion bid for Aetna, America's third-largest health insurer, several people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
After The Wall Street Journal first reported on the bid Thursday, shares of Aetna rose more than 11 percent while CVS shares went down 3 percent. Should CVS acquire Aetna, it would potentially make it easier for CVS to negotiate prices with drugmakers, and could also give CVS a boost as speculation grows over Amazon entering the drug prescription market, Reuters reports. CVS made its bid in early October, but the company and Aetna have been in talks about a deal for several months, several people told Reuters, and they're not expected to reach an agreement for several weeks. Catherine Garcia
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt is offering up to $10 million in cash for information that leads to "the impeachment and removal from office of Donald J. Trump."
Flynt made the announcement on Twitter and in an ad in The Washington Post, and it's not the first time he's put up a reward for information on Trump: Last October, after footage from Access Hollywood was released that showed Trump bragging about groping women, Flynt said he was seeking "verifiable video footage or audio recordings for use prior to the November 8 election clearly showing Donald Trump engaging in illegal activity or acting in a sexually demeaning or derogatory manner." On Twitter Sunday, Flynt simply said, "So I decided to do this ... let's see what happens." Catherine Garcia
For $1,000, you can buy a five-night cruise to the Bahamas, a new laptop, or a king-size mattress. Or, you know, you could buy Samsung's Galaxy Note 8. Shortly after debuting the new phone Wednesday, Samsung revealed that people are going to have to shell out a hefty $930 to get it.
Crazy as that price may sound, it's not wildly out of the range of what phones are costing nowadays. The upcoming iPhone 8 is estimated to cost more than $1,000. The Samsung Note 7, infamous for sometimes spontaneously combusting, cost more than $800 before it was discontinued.
The Verge noted that Samsung hasn't been selling its new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus for full price "all that often," thanks to frequent deals. The phone also boasts some pretty high-tech features, like a massive infinity screen, dual mega-pixel cameras, and an S Pen Stylus that can translate complete sentences.
Still, watching $930 hit the ground when you inevitably drop your phone couldn't feel good. Becca Stanek
A private fundraiser at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday brought in an estimated $10 million, organizers said, with the money being split between President Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee.
Trump spoke for 30 minutes in front of 300 supporters, party leaders, and major Republican donors, some who paid more than $30,000 for entrance, 40 months ahead of the 2020 election. Not having any legislative victories to tout, Trump instead praised his own deregulation efforts and said health-care reform has to be done, two people present at the event told Politico. He also went after the media, primarily CNN, suggesting that he is a victim of their reporting, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Before the fundraiser began, dozens of protesters gathered outside, chanting against the GOP health-care bills. Catherine Garcia