Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* On the heels of Donald Trump complaining about the “woman’s card,” Hillary Clinton reportedly raised $2.4 million, her biggest short-term fundraising boost of the campaign thus far.
* Trump may be the Republican frontrunner, but as the AP discovered, he’s “collected little information about tens of millions of voters he needs to turn out in the fall. He’s sent few people to battleground states compared with likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, accumulated little if any research on her, and taken no steps to build a network capable of raising the roughly $1 billion needed to run a modern-day general election campaign.”
* In Wisconsin, Freedom Partners Action Fund, financed in part by the Koch brothers, have launched $2 million in attack ads targeting former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) in his race against incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R), a favorite of far-right donors.
* Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) has said he’s considering a U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Sen. Angus King (I) in 2018, and many progressive activists, hoping for a “Hindenberg-level disaster,” are encouraging the governor to do exactly that.
* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), who is retiring at the end of this Congress, announced yesterday that he will not run for governor in New York in 2018.
* There’s no clear frontrunner in next year’s gubernatorial race in Virginia, but former state A.G. Ken Cuccinelli (R), who failed in his 2013 statewide bid, announced that he isn’t going to try again in 2017.
* And in the latest unfortunate development for John McCain, one of his top fundraisers was arrested last week after an active meth lab, and other illicit drugs, was found in her home. The accused, Emily Pitha, is a former staffer for retired Sen. Jon Kyl (R), and her name is “listed as the RSVP contact” for McCain’s re-election fundraisers.