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TheChat: Hillary Clinton’s campaign is burn, baby, burning through campaign dough

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▪ “Because she is expected to function like a presumptive nominee, she is expected to have an operation commensurate of that.” — David Axelrod, a longtime adviser to President Obama, explaining why Hillary Clinton’s campaign is burning through so much money.

The campaign has spent $19 million already and hired 400 staffers. Axelrod’s point: Expectations are high.

▪ “Too many Missouri families work hard to save for a well-deserved vacation, only to be victims of sticker-shock when they see previously-undisclosed fees on their hotel bill.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, on so-called “resort fees” charged by hotels, which often disguise the true price consumers pay for their stay.

McCaskill is soliciting stories from Missourians about their hotel experiences. She’s asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

▪ “The 2012 tax policy has crippled Kansas financially.” — Duane Goossen, a senior fellow at the Kansas Center for Economic Growth and a former Kansas budget director in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Goossen writes that revenue in the state has to increase “to just meet minimal obligations.” Hint: More tax increases are probably on the way.

▪ “Our reason is simple: Trump's campaign is a sideshow.” — The Huffington Post announcing that covering of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will be relegated to the entertainment section of its website, not politics.

HuffPost editors wrote this: “We won't take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.” Trump’s campaign fired back, calling the website a “glorified blog.” With Trump, everything is a fight.