The DNC Is Putting Its Thumb on the Scales Again — This Time in the Right Direction
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I’m sure some corporate Turd Way type will figure a way around this…..
By Michael Whitney
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is setting a kind of cover charge to get onstage for the Democratic presidential primary debates, but not just any money will do. In addition to the usual polling metrics required to join the debate, candidates will also have to meet a to-be-determined criteria for “grassroots fundraising.”
Including small-dollar fundraising as a necessary element for debate participation would have two effects. First, it incentivizes candidates to invest — strategically, financially, and emotionally — in growing a small-donor base. Second, it will force potential billionaire self-funders like Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and Howard Schultz to demonstrate some level of popular enthusiasm for their campaigns, meaning they can’t just flash their own cash and buy their way onstage.
This is a remarkable decision for any political party, and it reflects a growing shift in how campaigns are run and won. It also previews what will be an important way to measure the success of candidates in the Democratic primary: not just looking at how much money candidates raise, but how much of their money comes from small-dollar donors.
The rise of small-dollar contributions in the 2018 election cycle shows a growing appetite for the Democratic base to fund campaigns on its own — and a potential distaste for traditional Democratic power brokers (and their money) determining the winners of primaries. That spells trouble for candidates who might rely on big money or self-funding for their campaigns, and especially for those who will tolerate outside Super PACs supporting their candidacy.
The DNC Needs to Define “Grassroots Fundraising”
"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK #SurviveAndRevolt
December 28, 2018 at 3:28 PM #5878NV WinoModerator
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They wouldn’t do this unless they had already figured a way around it. Color me cynical.
December 28, 2018 at 3:35 PM #5880SatanParticipant
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not coincidentally, the Kochs were also involved with funding the DLC from day one, and when the DLC rebranded itself as “Third Way”, the Kochs followed suit, hiding their funding of the “new” version as “The Georgia Pacific Foundation” (as if everybody doesn’t know who owns Georgia Pacific by now??)
So you can bet your soul that they are hard at work manufacturing astroturf “grassroots” support for the likes of Beto boy and Scamala Harris.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy
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