Small Donors, Political Extremism, and Marjorie Taylor Greene

Open Secrets reports a completely unsurprising piece of news:

The House took steps to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments Thursday, punishing the freshman member for trafficking baseless conspiracy theories and promoting violence against Democrats before taking office. 

Meanwhile, Greene is capitalizing on the controversy to raise big money from small donors loyal to former President Donald Trump….

Without committees to serve on, Greene’s legislating power in Congress will be limited. But she’s more popular than ever with grassroots donors. Late last month, Greene said she’d raised $1.6 million amid the media’s coverage of her controversial comments. Greene said she raised $150,000 on Tuesday and $175,000 on Wednesday as calls to remove her from committees grew louder. While Green apologized for her comments in private, she showed no remorse in a flurry of fundraising emails asking supporters for campaign cash.

Greene appears primed to join dozens of Republicans raising huge sums from small donors by tying themselves to Trump. Amid backlash within her own party, the freshman congresswoman claimed she had support of Trump, a powerful ally who wants to retain influence over the GOP. Many of Trump’s top allies — including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — have tapped Trump’s grassroots supporters to become top small-dollar fundraisers. …

Greene raked in campaign cash from bite-sized donors as she baselessly claimed the election was stolen from Trump. According to recent Federal Election Commission filings covering Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, Greene raised 91 percent of her roughly $232,000 haul from small donors. That’s an almost unprecedented figure for any member of Congress, let alone a lawmaker representing a noncompetitive district


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