CNN commentator Jonah Goldberg complains that small donors are the 'biggest problem' for democracy

"Large donors actually have a strategic view about moderation"


On Thursday, former National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg claimed on CNN's Inside Politics that small donors are "one of the biggest problems for democracy."

Golberg noted that there was "there’s a lot of cheering and self-congratulations about the rise of small donors a decade ago,” but now they are an issue because they don't have a strategic view on politics. 

He said, "Large donors actually have a strategic view about moderation, who can win, who can’t." He continued, "Small donors really are just venting their spleen with their credit card, and they lock candidates into positions that can hurt them in the general election.”

A Cygnal poll shows that currently, former President Donald Trump leading the field of Republicans with 53 percent of the vote, with businessman Vivek Ramaswamy in second with 11 percent, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in third with 10 percent. 

Last month the DeSantis campaign was forced to fire almost a dozen staffers due to financial difficulty. The campaign brought in over $20 million in the first six weeks but the filings show that most of his donors are ineligible to donate anymore because they gave the maximum legal amount. 

In a LinkedIn post last month Ramaswamy noted that he had reached 70,000 unique donors, and 40 percent of them are first-ever donors to the GOP in any form. He added that this number is 2 percent for "traditional Republican candidates." 

According to a report from NBC, former President Donald Trump has over 400,000 unique voters of mostly small donor money. After Trump announced he was going to be indicted, it caused an influx of new donors, and even more so when the indictment came down.  

Goldberg's statements also come as former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney published an OpEd in the Wall Street Journal last month urging megadonors and influencers to collaborate and throw support behind a single candidate to beat Trump. 

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