Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is engaged in a tough re-election fight now that his district is more competitive, said in an interview published Monday that he would have happily advised Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"I would’ve said the same thing if Hillary Clinton’s people had called me the same day. Why wouldn’t you?” he told Politico when asked about his position as national security adviser to the Donald Trump campaign.

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For the second day in a row, Donald Trump on Sunday questioned Colorado's mail-in ballot system, suggesting that votes may not be counted properly in the state.

"Do you think those ballots are properly counted?" Trump asked the crowd at a rally in Greeley, Colorado. "I know they are saying, ‘Oh, of course, it’s all legitimate.' Perhaps I’m a more skeptical person.”

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Taking the stage shortly after news broke that the FBI was examining new emails "pertinent to the investigation" of Hillary Clinton's private email server, Donald Trump was buoyant.

"It might not be be as rigged as I thought, right? Right?" he asked the crowd.

"The FBI, I think they are going to right the ship, folks. I think they are going to right the ship and they’re going to save their great reputation by doing so," he added.

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For the past month, Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he will personally contribute more than $100 million to his own campaign by Election Day, but now Trump will not commit to reaching that goal.

"We'll see what's needed," Trump told Fox News' Bret Baier when discussing whether he's meet his pledge to spend $100 million of his own money in an interview set to air Friday evening.

Trump had been boasting that he would donate $100 million by the end of the election cycle. But according to FEC reports filed Thursday night, Trump only donated about $31,000 to his campaign in the first half of October, bringing his total contributions to a little over $56 million.

The most recent FEC filing covers through Oct. 19. So in the three weeks between then and the election, Trump will have to cough up somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 percent of the total he's given for the whole campaign to reach his $100 million vow. Again, roughly $44 million in about three weeks.

Trump told Baier that he plans to write a $10 million check to his campaign on Friday, but that would still fall short of his lofty $100 million pledge.

TPM found at least six times Trump has projected spending $100 million of his own money on the campaign over the course of the past month:

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In a memo to House Republicans on Thursday, the Donald Trump campaign pressured lawmakers to openly express their support for the Republican nominee as Election Day fast approaches, the Washington Post reported.

"No waffling, no week [sic] knees," Scott Mason, the Trump campaign's director of congressional affairs, wrote in an email to House Republicans obtained by the Post.

"I know we are less than 11 days to the 2016 election. But it is imperative that we continue to drive Republican support for the top of the ticket," Mason wrote.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence was taken aback Friday morning when asked about a Thursday report detailing the Donald Trump campaign's tactics to discourage Democratic voters from casting their ballot for Hillary Clinton.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Bloomberg's John Heilemann noted that a Trump campaign official told Bloomberg Businessweek that the campaign has "three major voter suppression operations under way." The adviser detailed how the campaign is trying to turn African-Americans, women, and other Democratic voters against Clinton.

"Is that okay, for your campaign to be involved in voter suppression?" Heilemann asked Pence.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has maintained his support for Donald Trump, dodged questions from reporters on Thursday about the Republican nominee's ability to lead and be a role model for young Americans.

Reporters asked Rubio if Trump would keep the country safe as president, and he would not say, according to CNN.

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Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said on Wednesday that he will vote for Donald Trump despite once comparing the GOP nominee to Benito Mussolini and calling on Trump to drop out of the race following the release of a 2005 tape with vulgar comments from the nominee.

"These other candidates, they’re just not going to win," Stewart told St. George News. "Given that choice, it's very clear to me what is better for our country. It is very clear that Donald Trump is a better choice than Hillary Clinton.

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