Raymond J. La Raja, political science and associate dean for program innovation in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, writes a column where he discusses how small donors to political campaigns can create problems for political parties. He uses the example of Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate who have a good chance of defeating Republican incumbents, but they aren’t getting a lot of money from small donors. Instead, many small donors are giving to candidates who are running against unpopular, but relatively safe Republicans such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. La Raja says the Democratic party may be forced to rely on wealthy large donors and political action committees to fund candidates who could help win control of the Senate. (The Washington Post, 3/9/20).
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