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Jonathan Bernstein

Everyone’s a Fat Cat in US Politics Today

Small donors are throwing so much cash at candidates, and wasting a fair amount of it, that old assumptions about the influence of money are flying out the window.

Marcus Flowers’ long-shot challenge to Marjorie Taylor Greene will at least be well financed.

Marcus Flowers’ long-shot challenge to Marjorie Taylor Greene will at least be well financed.

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Here’s some good news, of a sort, about money in US politics.

One of the oddities of current campaign cash flows is that, every once in awhile, a hopeless general election candidate catches on with the party faithful — generally because he or she has a famous opponent who the party regards as a villain — and that hopeless candidate winds up raising enormous amounts of money. The Washington Post has examples in an article about Marcus Flowers, a Democrat running against Republican US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia: