Bernie Sanders (my choice for President) has received donations from about 689,000 people.
My first thought was – is that all?
But then I did some research. In a typical presidential election, the total number of donors to any political candidate is 1% of the US Population.
Clinton’s campaign has about 400,000 donors.
Trump has received about $74,000 dollars. Since the average political donor has donated 5 times at this point in the campaign, that’s about 15,000 donors.
The other candidates aren’t publicizing their number of donors – only the names of their biggest donors, as required by law.
Still, it’s amazing to find myself part of the 1% – the 1% that shouldn’t exist.
I think electoral campaigns should be financed by taxes, so that no candidates can be bought by their biggest donors. To be clear – no individual donations, no PACs. No TV ads. Just debates in which the candidates get equal time – no bonus minutes for being good at rhetoric, or for being entertaining.
Now, if the other 1% were as ready to abdicate as I am, we’d be on our way to clean politics.