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New data on small donors and political extremism


Ray La Raja is one of the leading political scientists writing on issues of campaign finance and political polarization. Along with his co-author, Zach Albert, he has a new working paper that looks at the small donor funding models for moderate and extreme candidates from each side.

Their main findings on the matter: in 2018, the most extreme Democrats received 86% of their funding from small donors, while moderates received only 10%. On the Republican side, the more extreme candidates get 58% of their money from small donors while moderates get only 17% of their money from small donors.

Summary is here, and working documents may be downloaded in full from the American Political Science Association website at that link, for those with access.

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