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Ray La Raja Quoted on the Effect of Offering Incentives for Candidates to Opt-In to Public Financing

Ray La Raja, Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, is quoted in a column about how a recently proposed provision in voting rights legislation risks favoring candidates from either party who hold polarizing views, thereby widening ideological divisions. The provision, proposed by Congressional Democrats, offers an incentive for candidates to opt-in to public financing.  La Raja’s research has shown that small-dollar donors tend to be wealthier, better educated, and more partisan than average Americans. “They are as ideological, if not more so on several issues, than large donors,” he says. (Bloomberg, 4/7/20)

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