Bloomberg this the There is a lot of good data about the candidates who benefit the most and least from small contributions. Some excerpts:
Democrats in Congress are trying to increase the influence of small donors, but a provision in their voting law risks in favor of candidates from either party. have polarized views and increase ideological divisions on Capitol Hill….
“It will cause absolute chaos,” said Jim Moran, a former Democratic representative from Virginia. Moran, who served as mayor of Alexandria, Va., Prior to entering Congress, said the law would give inexperienced candidates an advantage. “This bypasses all that traditional process and empowers people with provocative ideas and can attract attention.” …
On the other hand, less outspoken members of Congress have not garnered much support from low-dollar donors. The members of Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of bipartisan lawmakers trying to build a balanced policy, have raised only 9.5% of their re-election fund from contributors less than $ 200 … .
Ray La Raja, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said: “If you think members of Congress are frightened of compromise, this goes up.” Candidates like Gottheimer, who raised $ 7.7 million with only 2.4% of that money coming from small dollar sponsors, will have to worry about better funded competitors. from the far right or the left.
La Raja research has shown that people who donate a small dollar tend to be richer, better educated, and more partisan than the average American. “They have the ideology, if not on some of the issues, rather than the big donors,” he said.