Fundraising in the Democratic primary beat all records. “‘The scale of this thing is just extraordinary,’ said Tony Corrado, a professor at Colby College and a leading authority on campaign fund-raising. What makes their performance all the more striking, he said, is one argument used in the past to explain the dominance of white male candidates. Women and minority politicians, skeptics once asserted, ‘didn’t have the sort of social-business networks’ needed to compete.”