News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

New Filing Shows Largest 3.7% of Donors Account for Half of Campaign Funds

On Thursday, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published quarterly fundraising reports for the presidential race. The new data shows that the largest 3.7 percent of campaign donors currently provide for more than half of all direct fundraising in the election. If a small donor empowerment program were in place, like that proposed in the Government by the People Act (H.R. 20), analysis by U.S. PIRG Education Fund reveals that the same top donors would represent only nine percent of total fundraising, while contributors currently giving $200 or less would account for more than 79 percent of all direct campaign fundraising.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

New study shows potential impact of a small donor matching program on 2016 presidential race

Candidates in the 2016 presidential race would see a dramatic shift in their fundraising, and have a powerful incentive to focus more on small donors under a proposed small donor public financing system, according to a new study released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (U.S. PIRG).

Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Boosting the Impact of Small Donors

What if our campaign finance system encouraged candidates to raise money from everyday citizens making small contributions? This report examines how the 2016 fundraising picture would look if a small donor campaign finance system were in place, where small contributions were matched with limited public funds for candidates who agree to turn down large contributions.

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