| by Fredreka Schouten and David Wright

Professor of Government Anthony Corrado, a campaign-finance expert, was quoted in an April 16 CNN article titled “2020 fundraising: Top takeaways from the first quarter.” The fact that only half of the 16 Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 have raised $3 million or less is “a sign that Democratic donors haven’t yet coalesced behind the contenders,” Corrado told CNN. “It’s a huge field of not very well-known candidates.”

Corrado also conducted an interview with McClatchy about the South Carolina Senate race and out-of-state money in U.S. Senate races. “But the fact that Senate candidates are now receiving more than half of their money from outside of the state rather than inside of the state is not atypical, particularly when you have a senator who is as visible and been so prominently featured in the national news as Sen. Graham.”

In a March 20  article titled “2020 Democrats Build Campaign War Chests,” Corrado said, “The race for money in the Democratic Party is really going to be a race for small dollars. What Bernie Sanders proved in 2016 was that you can finance a campaign largely depending on small-dollar contributions—if you can generate the excitement amongst the grass roots faithful.”


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