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Tue Mar 15, 2016, 03:09 PM

The Hill: "Sanders's small donors are changing the political world"

link to Sanders's small donors are changing the political world by Brent Budowsky; excerpt:

Words cannot fully express the profound power and game-changing impact of the small donors to Sen. Bernie Sanders's (Vt.) presidential campaign, who are proving who have proven that a national campaign can be funded by an army of small donors who together can compete against any campaign that the most wealthy individuals and corporate financial power can buy.

In the month of February alone, the Sanders campaign raised some $42 million, more than the approximately $30 million raised by rival Hillary Clinton's campaign during that month and more than the amount of money raised by any Republican presidential campaign in February.... Day after day, week after week, month after month, his small donors have come through with a generosity of spirit and an idealism of purpose to build a better future for American democracy.

Having spent a career working for and with Democratic leaders and writing columns published in the major media I am a charter member of some wing of the political establishment even though I have written in columns and said on television that, in my view, this establishment has become corrupted by the stench of dirty money and the stain of special interests.... Yet even my readers who are the most cynical about and politically depressed by the corruption of the system should be be astonished and amazed by the potential lasting impact for good that the Sanders campaign has now brought within reach.... Sanders's small donors ... dream of making government more responsible for the well-being of the people. They dream of a society that helps the poor, lifts the middle class, educates the students, cares for the elderly, cures the ill and protects the planet.

What the Sanders donors have proven is that one man and one woman multiplied millions of times, each giving a small amount of money, can together have as much power as the billionaires and the super-PACs and their lobbyists and PR voices. And they can use this power for the good of America and the world, not to feather their own nests or satisfy their egos or lobby for their special interests.... I tip my hat to the small donors who are creating a new paradigm for campaign fundraising and a new hope to lift and change America and the world a process that is beginning in real time in primaries today as campaign 2016 unfolds.

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ibegurpard Mar 2016 #1
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Response to Attorney in Texas (Original post)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 03:43 PM

1. here's the caveat

For the idiots who think they can just run anyone and tap into this. It takes a specific sort of politician and specific issues. The people giving this money aren't stupid and they do their homework.

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Response to ibegurpard (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 15, 2016, 03:46 PM

2. Good Point!...but, it was still a nice read. n/t

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