Sunday, February 09, 2020
Small donations tend to help more extreme candidates and drive partisanship and ideological extremism; moderates won't "donate" because they feel insulted
Richard Pildes writes in the Washington Post, Outlook section Sunday, “Small dollars, big changes: Wedb-based donations aimed to democratize our campaigns. They also radicalized both parties.”
The reason is becoming apparent: people who take more extreme position are more likely to respond to pleas and “take action”. Moderates tend to ignore group pleas or speak for themselves, more about issues than candidates. As I noted even yesterday, this is starting to create controversy even for platforms.
People on the extremes (especially on the Left) tend to believe they have more skin in the game.
See also TV blog today for related post about the Full Measure show.