“Small donor myth debunked; The heavily touted grassroots fundraising engines were largely spin, a POLITICO analysis shows.”


Clinton’s fundraising juggernaut of a campaign for the Democratic nomination, which repeatedly pledged to build “a grassroots-driven organization,” revealed in its FEC report that 67 percent of its field-leading $47 million in primary-election cash came from donors contributing $2,700 or more. Only 18 percent came from donations of $200 or less.

That puts Clinton roughly in the middle of pack as far as the percentage of cash raised from small donors during the second-quarter fundraising period that ran from the beginning of April through the end of last month.

At the low end was Jeb Bush, whose campaign paced the field of Republican presidential hopefuls by raising $11.4 million in the second quarter. But only three percent of that came from donors who gave $200 or less. By contrast, Bush raised 88 percent of his cash from donors who gave the primary maximum of $2,700 or more – the highest such percentage in the field.

By far the leader in small-dollar fundraising was Bernie Sanders. His insurgent campaign for the Democratic nomination raised more than 75 percent of its $13.6-million haul from donors who gave $200 or less, versus only 2 percent from maximum donors.


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