The DNC Is Putting Its Thumb on the Scales Again — This Time in the Right Direction
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A word of caution before getting too excited about the idea of “grassroots fundraising” being a new standard for whether Democratic Party sanctions candidates: The only way it will be a meaningful metric is if the party defines it as how much of a candidate’s money comes from people donating $200 or less, which is the federal definition of an “unitemized,” or small-dollar, contribution. This dividing line is a useful way to understand the amount of money a candidate can raise from people who don’t necessarily have $200 of disposable income for political contributions, but who still feel compelled to donate.
That may seem like an extreme example, but take New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 campaign. In his July campaign finance report, eager to blunt the grassroots credentials of challenger Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo touted that 57 percent of his campaign’s contributions came from people giving $250 or less. Seems pretty good, until you look at the money coming from those contributions, which amounts to only 1 percent of Cuomo’s $6 million haul from that reporting period. Sixty-nine of Cuomo’s contributions came from a single individual, almost all in $1 increments — and the donor just happened to be the roommate of a campaign staffer.
Is this only a “pretend”move toward Democracy?
Time will tell!
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December 27, 2018 at 12:48 PM #5488
December 27, 2018 at 12:56 PM #5490djean111Participant
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like everything else the DNC does to rig things. Second – nope, grassroots donations have zero effect on my support and vote. ISSUES. Records. That’s it.
December 27, 2018 at 1:16 PM #5499bazukhovParticipant
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History has tried hard to teach us that we can’t have good government under politicians. Now, to go and stick one at the very head of the government couldn’t be wise.” Mark Twain
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