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FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell flexed his fundraising strength in the midst of a global pandemic, raising nearly $7.5 million in the first three months of 2020, his campaign said Tuesday, April 7. The first-quarter haul was the Kentucky Republican's best three-month fundraising performance since entering the Senate in the mid-1980s. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

McGrath outpaces McConnell in fundraising for Kentucky race

Apr. 7, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath raised substantially more campaign cash than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the first three months of 2020, showing her staying power against the Republican lawmaker in setting a blistering fundraising pace in Kentucky. Hours after McConnell's campaign...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath speaks during a campaign event in Owingsville, Ky. Democrat Amy McGrath's campaign released a TV ad Friday, April 3, 2020, lambasting the Kentucky Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “taking a victory lap against the coronavirus.

McGrath offers quick response to McConnell virus-related ad

Apr. 3, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Amy McGrath has punched back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of seeking a political windfall from an economic aid package while the coronavirus crisis worsens. McGrath's campaign released a TV ad Friday lambasting the Kentucky Republican for...

FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announces his resignation during a news conference in Jefferson City. Greitens has re-emerged in public in recent months, leading to speculation that he might be open to running for office again. The Republican resigned as governor in June 2018 after facing charges connected to an extramarital affair and campaign finance issues. The charges were dropped when Greitens resigned. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

Greitens' re-emergence fuels speculation of a comeback

Apr. 2, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has re-emerged after nearly two years out of the public eye, fueling speculation that his resignation after a tawdry scandal didn't kill his political aspirations. He won’t run for governor this year, at least not as a Republican. The filing...

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., talks to reporters before leaving Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 27, 2020. The nation's fiercest fiscal conservatives are largely embracing the massive economic rescue package moving through Congress. In many cases, those conservatives who support the $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill are the very same who raged against the $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by the Obama administration after the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US Rep. who sought to stall virus aid touts fundraising haul

Mar. 30, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — He drew the president's wrath for seeking to slow congressional approval of a $2.2 trillion coronavirus-relief package, and now U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is boasting of his tactic and hauling in campaign cash for his reelection bid. Massie's campaign said Monday it had raised more than...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Kansas City, Mo. White House contenders aren't typically bashful about asking for money. But as the coronavirus pandemic upends life, President Donald Trump and his likely Democratic rival, Biden, suddenly find themselves navigating perilous terrain. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money

Mar. 29, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House candidates aren't usually bashful about asking supporters for money. But as the coronavirus upends everyday life, inundating hospitals, tanking financial markets and putting 3.3 million Americans out of work, President Donald Trump and his likely Democratic rival, Joe Biden,...

In this image from video provided by the Biden for President campaign, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual press briefing Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Biden for President via AP)

Biden calls for 'meticulous oversight' of virus aid package

Mar. 25, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that the congressional aid package addressing the coronavirus outbreak “goes a long way,” but he said it requires “meticulous oversight” and isn't all-encompassing. “We’re going to need...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the coronavirus Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Wilmington, De. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Biden's challenge: Breaking through with virus response

Mar. 24, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is working to reassert himself in national politics three weeks after taking command of the Democratic presidential primary. Like most Americans, Biden has stayed close to home recently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That — and a slow shift to the new...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019 photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, departs the Capitol in Washington. Cohen was denied early release from a three-year prison sentence Tuesday, March 24, 2020, after he pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ex-Trump lawyer loses effort for early prison release

Mar. 24, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump was denied early release from a three-year prison sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said it seemed Michael...

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Maduro has suspended flights to Europe and Colombia for a month, citing concerns for the new coronavirus. Maduro added in a national broadcast that the illness has not yet been detected in Venezuela, despite it being confirmed in each bordering country, including Colombia, Brazil and Guyana.  (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Virus fuels calls for sanctions relief on Iran, Venezuela

Mar. 23, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — From Caracas to Tehran, officials are calling on the Trump administration to ease crippling economic sanctions they contend are contributing to the growing death toll caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The idea has gained support from prominent leftists in the U.S., including Democratic...

Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks to supporters as he announces the suspension of his campaign and his endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden for president in New York Wednesday , March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

Bloomberg to give $18M to DNC; state parties to get offices

Mar. 21, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg is transferring $18 million from his presidential campaign to the Democratic National Committee in the largest single such transfer ever. It's the latest sign of the billionaire businessman’s continued involvement in the race since ending his own campaign this month...