Why do Democrats keep asking you for $1 donations? | Campaign Money

This year, your dollar could be a candidate’s key to competing on the national debate stage. The debate is a candidate’s one, unmatched opportunity to introduce themselves to a national audience of millions of people. Small political donations and presidential primaries are linked in a whole new way for the 2020 election. In past years, the only way to score a podium at a national debate: Reach a certain polling number. That meant a candidate had to prove that enough people knew who they were. But this year, with so many candidates running, the party added a second criteria: Reach a certain number of individual donors from a certain number of states: The logic here is that if enough people from enough places want a candidate to succeed — and they’re willing to put their dollar where their mouth is — then that candidate deserves to be at the debate. Donor and polling thresholds are getting higher as the campaign continues. So acquiring new, untapped donors, even for just a dollar, is a means of survival. And, it’s worked so far. Read more: https://wapo.st/3cb2QfP. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: https://wapo.st/2QOdcqK

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