FALSE: Clinton Funded by "Grassroots"

March 1, 2016

(This article was first published on EconBS, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The blatant distortions of reality put forth by the Clinton campaign are so offensive as to be laughable at times. In the victory speech of Hillary Clinton in South Carolina she spent a significant portion of it talking about how her campaign is financed by “grassroots”.

Well, looking at the breakdown of funding for her campaign, only about 12% of her funds are from individuals contributing less than $200 while the vast majority of her funding (77%) is from individuals contributing $1000 or more.

If you are going to tell me that a movement is 77% funded by people giving $1000 or more is “grassroots”, I am going to have to ask, “what grass are you smoking?” The only way you can call such a top-heavy movement “grassroots” is if you are growing grass in Koch brothers’ back yard!

Obviously some small portion of the Clinton campaign is funded by small donors. However, for the campaign to misrepresent itself as “grassroots” powered by “small-donors” is frankly a complete falsehood especially when compared with a true grass roots funded campaign.

From the second graph we can see what a true “grassroots” campaign looks like. This is the Sanders campaign which has received only 10% of its total funds from individuals giving $1000 or more and 72% of its funds from people giving less than $200.

You might think that the Clinton campaign only looks bad when compared with publicly backed campaigns such as that of Bernie Sanders. However, this is not the case either. As I have noted previously, the Clinton campaign has far more big sponsors than all other candidates currently campaigning combined. And this is not counting the millions of funds paid into the Clinton Super-PAC.

But don’t take my word for it. Run the analysis yourself.

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