South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

Biden, DNC stretch cash lead, say March donations top $90M

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WILMINGTON, Del. — President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee said Saturday that they raised more than

$90 million in March and ended the year’s first quarter with $192 million-plus in cash on hand, further stretching their financial advantage over Donald Trump and the Republican­s.

The Biden campaign and its affiliated entities reported collecting $187 million from January through March and said that 96% of all donations were less than $200.

That total was bolstered by the more than $26 million Biden reported raising from a March 28 event at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan that featured former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Biden’s campaign says the pace of donations has allowed it to undertake major digital and television advertisin­g campaigns in key states and to work with the DNC and state parties to better mobilize would-be supporters before the November election.

The campaign said the total as of March 31 was the highest by any Democratic candidate. About 1.6 million people have donated since Biden announced in April

2023 that he was seeking a second term. And the campaign raised more than

$10 million in the 24 hours after the president’s State of the Union speech in early March.

“The money we are raising is historic, and it’s going to the critical work of building a winning operation focused solely on the voters who will decide this election — offices across the country, staff in our battlegrou­nd states and a paid media program meeting voters where they are,” Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said in a statement.

“It’s a stark contract to Trump’s cash-strapped operation that is funneling the limited and billionair­e-reliant funds it has to pay off his various legal fees,” she added.

Trump fundraiser: Donald Trump’s campaign was expecting to raise more than

$40 million Saturday when major donors gathered for his biggest fundraiser yet.

The event in Palm Beach, Florida, at the home of billionair­e investor John Paulson, is expected to bring in $43 million for the former president’s third run for the White House, according to Paulson.

The high-dollar event was expected to include about

100 guests, including more than a few billionair­es, and top a new single-event fundraisin­g record set March 28 by President Joe Biden that netted $26 million.

The event, billed as the “Inaugural Leadership Dinner,” sends a signal of a resurgence of Trump and the Republican Party’s fundraisin­g, which has struggled to catch up to Biden and the Democrats.

Trump and the GOP announced earlier in the week that they raised more than $65.6 million in March and closed out the month with $93.1 million.

Sanders office fire: Police in Vermont are seeking a suspect who allegedly started a fire Friday outside the office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. The blaze caused minor damage but no injuries.

Authoritie­s say an unknown male suspect sprayed what they described as a possible accelerant on the office door, set it on fire and fled. They said the suspect remained at large

and no motive had been establishe­d.

Sanders, an independen­t allied with the Democratic Party, was not at the office.

Detergent recall: Procter & Gamble is recalling more than 8 million bags of Tide, Gain, Ace and Ariel laundry detergent packets sold in the U.S. and Canada due to a defect in the products’ child-resistant packaging.

According to Friday notices from both P&G and product-safety regulators in the U.S. and Canada, the outer packaging meant to prevent easy access to the liquid laundry detergent pods can split open near the zipper track, posing serious risks to children and others who may ingest them, in addition to possible skin or eye injuries.

So far, there have been no confirmed injuries tied to the defect.

The recall applies to select batches of detergents manufactur­ed between September 2023 and February 2024.

Consumers in possession

of the recalled bags are instructed to keep the products out of the reach and sight of children and contact P&G for a full refund and replacemen­t child-resistant bag to store the detergent, which remains safe to use for laundry purposes.

Russia-Ukraine war: Russian missile strikes in Ukraine on Saturday and the previous night killed eight people and wounded 12 more, officials said.

According to the governor of the Kharkiv region, Oleh Syniehubov, six people were killed and 11 were wounded in overnight missile attacks on the city of Kharkiv, which is Ukraine’s second largest. The attack damaged residentia­l buildings, a gas station, a kindergart­en, a cafe, a shop and cars.

On Saturday afternoon, a strike on Kharkiv killed another person and left one more wounded, said Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov. Another missile strike killed a civilian in the southern Odesa region, its governor,

Oleh Kiper, reported.

Russia flooding: Floods caused by rising water levels in the Ural River broke a dam in a city near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, forcing some 2,000 people to evacuate, local authoritie­s said.

The dam broke in the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 12 miles north of the border Friday night, according to Orsk Mayor Vasily Kozupitsa. By Saturday morning, more than 2,400 residentia­l buildings in the city of 200,000 were flooded and electricit­y was cut off in several areas.

According to local authoritie­s, the dam could withstand water levels up to nearly 18 feet. On Saturday morning, the water level reached about 30.5 feet and was rising, Kozupitsa said.

Russia’s Investigat­ive Committee opened a criminal probe to look into suspected constructi­on safety regulation­s violations and negligence that could have caused the dam

to burst.

Taiwan earthquake: The demolition of a building leaning precarious­ly after an earthquake in Taiwan was halted Saturday because of aftershock­s that made it lean even more, media reports said.

The red building, about 10 stories tall and inclined over a street in the city of Hualien, has become an iconic image from the magnitude 7.4 earthquake that also buried people under boulders at nearby Taroko National Park, a popular hiking destinatio­n northwest of Hualien.

The death toll rose to 13 after a third victim was found on a park trail. Six other people are still missing, including three on the same trail. More than 400 people remained stranded three days after the quake in locations cut off by damage.

Hundreds of aftershock­s have struck the area since the Wednesday-morning quake off Taiwan’s east coast.

 ?? JUSTIN SPIKE/AP ?? Hungarian challenger: Hungarians gather Saturday in Budapest to support political newcomer Peter Magyar, formerly an insider with the country’s ruling Fidesz party. The rising challenger to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán mobilized tens of thousands of supporters, outlining a plan to unite the country and end the populist leader’s 14-year hold on power.
JUSTIN SPIKE/AP Hungarian challenger: Hungarians gather Saturday in Budapest to support political newcomer Peter Magyar, formerly an insider with the country’s ruling Fidesz party. The rising challenger to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán mobilized tens of thousands of supporters, outlining a plan to unite the country and end the populist leader’s 14-year hold on power.

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