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Republicans ‘sweating’ raising cash for Jacksonville convention as Charlotte committee withholds millions: report

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According to a report from Politico, the Republican National Committee has been forced to bring in a high-powered fundraiser to round up the money they need to put on the nominating convention for Donald Trump in Jacksonville, and senior Republicans are “sweating” they may not reach the cash goal they need.

One problem they are unexpectedly facing is that convention organizers in jilted Charlotte, North Carolina — which saw their convention yanked away by Donald Trump because he was unhappy about restrictions placed by the state due to the coronavirus pandemic — are refusing to turn over an unspent $7 million in funds they raised.

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According to the report, Jeff Miller, a veteran fundraiser with connections to big Republican donors, is being tapped to bring in cash for the fast-approaching August convention.

Politico reports, “Republicans are scrambling to raise millions of dollars after President Donald Trump moved most of the event from Charlotte. They say they’ve received several millions in commitments toward a fundraising goal of $20 to $25 million, but declined to be more specific.”

According to the report, the Charlotte organizers raised approximately $37 million for their convention over an extended period, but are refusing to hand over the unspent $7 million to help Jacksonville — and the Republican National Committee — out.

Politico reports that, even with Miller on-board at such a late date, they’re worried they may not get the money they need as some donors question holding the convention in a state that is seeing record COVID-19 infections on a daily basis and even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing concerns.

“Well, I think the convention is a challenging situation. And a number of my colleagues have announced that they’re not going to attend, and we’ll have to wait and see how things look in late August and determine whether or not you can safely convene that many people,” McConnell said Thursday.

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Biden says he won’t stand in way of possible future prosecution of Trump

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"I will not interfere with the Justice Department's judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law."

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was "good for democracy," if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office.

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‘A lying draft dodger’: Republican military veterans slam Trump and declare their support for Biden in new attack ad

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The Lincoln Project is not the only right-wing group that has been running ads slamming President Donald Trump; the group Republicans Voters Against Trump has been running anti-Trump ads as well. And a new RVAT ad, Ed Mazza reports in HuffPost, features Republican military veterans who do not want to see Trump reelected and are supporting former Vice President Joe Biden.

The ad, Mazza notes, will air on Fox News later this month during the 2020 Republican National Convention. And it will air in key battleground states that include Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Arizona — all of which Trump won in 2016. Recent polls have shown Biden to be quite competitive in those states as well as in Michigan, where Trump’s campaign has suspended its advertising following an abundance of polls showing Biden with a double-digit lead.

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‘Heads will explode’: Twitter roars over ‘a Black woman taking down the NRA’ after NY AG reveals lawsuit

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New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a lawsuit on Thursday that seeks to "dissolve" the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The lawsuit accuses the NRA of various "illegal conduct" that includes misusing charitable funds, awarding contracts to close associates and buying the silence of former employees.

Many Twitter users reacted by noting that a Black woman could be responsible for "taking down" the NRA.

"A black woman destroying the NRA is a thing of beauty," one commenter wrote. "Thank you Letitia James."

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