It takes a BILLION Dollars to run for President…..
That’s a LOT of money….
Small donations are NEVER gonna do that….
The media has been comparing small money donation’s now as a poll on the Democratic 2020 Democratic Presidential sweepstakes….
It’s an another way for them to do the horse race thing….
But Democrats are gonna need to match Trump or any Republican that WILL take every nickel, dime or big assed check they can cash….Taking money from people who WORK for large companies, in addition their bosses money means ya can pay for ads and staff …..PERIOD….
….. the ultimate proof of money’s influence is to look at a candidate’s voting record. Fortunately, most Democratic candidates for president hold office. It is legitimate to question whether large donors had undue influence on a specific vote cast by a senator, governor or mayor, or positions they are advocating in the race for the nomination.
Until we move to fully publicly financed elections, private money will oil the machinery of elections. But with the explosion of small donor fundraising, let’s not unfairly smear national candidates who put a premium on building large networks of mostly regular folks….
It’s about to get worse. Midnight Sunday is the quarterly deadline for reporting to the Federal Election Commission — the first full quarter since the race for the Democratic nomination began to take shape. Journalists and rival campaigns will pick through the filings of each Democratic presidential candidate, looking for eyebrow-raising links between a candidate and big-money donors.
We know the attacks are coming because such salvos have already been deployed. Beto O’Rourke has been one early target. Progressives recently pointed to his hefty haul from donors who work in the oil and gas industry to allege that he is beholden to companies like ExxonMobil.
More recently, Elizabeth Warren, who has called for the breakup of Amazon, Google and Facebook, was dinged by a Politico article for receiving between 2011 and 2018 a total of $90,000 from employees of those very same companies.
So what? When people make a political contribution in a federal campaign, they have to declare who their employer is, or state they are either self-employed or retired. Every contribution above $200 has to be reported to the feds….