Chart of the Day: Democratic Fundraising So Far

Here are the fundraising numbers for each of the top Democratic candidates in the first quarter. For those who haven’t announced their totals, I’ve guessed—making the assumption that their numbers are probably a little disappointing if they’re holding back.

Obviously my guesses might be wrong, so don’t take them seriously.

And while we’re on the topic, can I remind everyone that Pete Buttigieg didn’t just pop up out of nowhere? He’s been getting loads of press as an up-and-comer for at least the past five years (for example: “The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” in the Washington Post in 2014, “The first gay president?” in the New York Times in 2016). In 2017 he ran for DNC chair. He’s been talked about as a presidential candidate and representative of Millennials ever since.

In other words, it’s not a huge surprise that he’s gotten good press and raised a fair sum of money. He’s been courting the media for a long time, and he’s hardly an unknown in Democratic circles.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

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