Conservative populism and small-donor fundraising

For Democrats seeking encouraging news as we head towards the 2018 midterms, this is not it. According to McClatchy:

The Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking the first time it has raised that much, that fast, in a non-presidential election year.

The record-breaking fundraising can be largely attributed to a flurry of small-dollar donors responding to fundraising appeals by the first Republican president in eight years, Donald Trump, according to a new report to be released later this week and obtained by McClatchy.

The numbers give Republicans a large cash advantage over Democrats as they look to retain control of both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections next year.

It’s hard to argue with the powerful democratic symbolism of individual Americans busting open their piggy banks to support the party and president of their choice. I dare you. Go ahead and try.

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