Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden

Two top Democratic outside groups are joining forces to help former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in his expected general election matchup against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in November.

Unite the Country, the super PAC supporting Biden’s presidential bid, and the liberal group American Bridge said they would form a partnership to raise and spend a nine-figure amount supporting the former vice president’s effort to oust Trump.

“To beat Donald Trump, it is going to take everyone working together to spend every dollar smartly and strategically,” Steve Schale, the CEO of Unite the Country, said in a statement. “We are proud to partner with American Bridge and other groups to promote the candidacy of Joe Biden, who we know will unite our country and restore decency and moral clarity.”

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The partnership will be co-chaired by former Massachusetts Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickIt’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Andrew Yang endorses Biden in 2020 race MORE, who briefly and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. 

The partnership means that the two groups will coordinate polling and research efforts, as well as message testing and ad buys. It will focus heavily on outreach to so-called Democratic base groups, including suburban women and organized labor. 

The partnership is illustrative of how Democratic groups are rallying behind Biden as they look to pivot toward a general election campaign against Trump. It also suggests that outside groups are trying to coordinate resources to avoid conflicting messages and competing political efforts. 

“The smartest campaign efforts pool resources and align on strategy,” Granholm said. “This partnership follows that winning model and creates a much-needed hub for donors and like-minded organizations to collaborate.”

Biden hasn’t yet won the 1,991 delegates he needs to clinch the Democratic nomination, but he has secured an all but insurmountable lead over his only remaining primary rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.). 

The presidential race has largely ground to a halt in recent weeks as the coronavirus outbreak has prompted the candidates to cancel in-person campaign events and other forms of traditional politicking. 

More than a dozen states have delayed scheduled primaries and caucuses, meaning that Biden cannot officially clinch the nomination until June at the earliest.

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