Friday, March 30, 2007

The Big Money

Was listening to a bit on NPR about on the relatively huge amounts of money being hauled in by presidential candidates already. I've broached this subject before, but never really quite figured it out. A lot of the early money is presumably coming from big donors who are maxing out their allowable contributions. Presumably there is not a limitless supply of such people, and once you run through existing donor networks it becomes difficult to find more of them.

I'm really curious about the extent to which what I'm suggesting is true, and its potential consequence for later fundraising. If the easy $2000 checks are all scooped up now, will candidates be forced to rely on smaller donors later?