Congressional Member’s Report Card

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Funding Sources

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS DONATIONS $$ & DONORS

  • A joint analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation of elite donors in America unveiled the following facts.  Donors1% of 1%
  • Only a tiny fraction of Americans actually give campaign contributions to political candidates, parties or PACs. The ones who give contributions large enough to be itemized (over $200) is even smaller. The impact of those donations, however, is huge.
Donations to congressional campaigns come from 4 main sources:
  • Political action committees or PACs.
  • Large individual contributions of more than $200.
  • Small individual contributions of $200 or less.
  • Self-Funding money from the candidates’ own pocket. A very small elite fraction of Americans actually give campaign contributions to political candidates, parties or PACs. The ones who give contributions large enough to be itemized (over $200) is even smaller. However, the impact of those donations is huge.
  • Both parties are reliant on donations from the 1%  of the 1% Percenters.

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