One way to determine if an organization is a scam or not is whether or not they ask for your money.
For example, there is an organization available for citizens to join that provides a website for citizens to commit to only vote for small donor candidates in 2020 (www.onedemand.org). Citizens can also pledge to contribute to small donor candidates.
There is a difference between a small donor candidate and a small contribution candidate. A small donor candidate limits the total contributions from an individual while a small contribution candidate receives small contributions from donors that make many small contributions that total in the hundreds or thousands of dollars up to the legal limit.
A donor could make a 50 dollar contribution every week from now until this time next year and have an average contribution of 50 dollars but total contributions over 2000 dollars and up to the legal limit.
This is not a small donor.
And a candidate that touts their average contributions while still having large donors making many small contributions is trying to pass off a small contribution campaign as if it were a small donor campaign.
A candidate that makes the commitment to run a small donor campaign should be able to get 5% of voters to contribute 100 dollars to their campaign.
For example, Bernie Sanders could declare that he will run a small donor campaign in 2020 limiting total contributions from any one person to 200 dollars per campaign (200 primary, 200 general).
He should be able to get 5% of voters to contribute an average of 100 dollars in small contributions.
After all, does any candidate that can’t get 5% of voters to contribute around 100 dollars to their campaign deserve to be president?
And if 5% of citizens will not contribute 100 dollars to a candidate that would make this commitment do we deserve to have small donor candidates instead of small contribution candidates pretending to be small donor candidates?
Bernie could return all contributions already received in excess of 200 dollars and encourage those donors and others that can afford more than 200 dollars to instead contribute this money to candidates for Congress and the Senate that join him in making the small donor commitment- even to his primary opponents that make this commitment.
While the large donors to a campaign like Bernie’s may have the best of intentions in mind, they are providing cover in some campaigns for large donors with nefarious purposes in mind.
As there are no large donors to a small donor campaign there is no concern about the intentions of the large donors to that campaign.
By encouraging the large donors with the best of intentions to instead make small contributions to many small donor candidates it increases the chances of success for many small donor candidates making it more about changing the whole system rather than just a presidential campaign. And instead of unintentionally providing cover for large donors with nefarious intentions those able to afford more than 200 dollars will only be helping those that can only afford to be small donors or can’t afford to be donors at all.
The big money interests work across state and district lines so there is no reason small donors can’t help each other out across state and district lines.
If 10% of voters were to pledge 100 dollars in contributions to small donor candidates at the One Demand website it would total over 1 billion
dollars. If this happened before January of 2020 there would be many candidates that might make the small donor commitment to get some of this money and the votes that go with it.
And this where we finally return to the subject at hand- is this a scam to get citizens to send One Demand over 1 billion dollars?
If so it’s the stupidest scam of all time.
Because the participants will only pledge on the website to contribute to the small donor candidates. The participants will send their actual contributions DIRECTLY to the candidates and not through the organization to spend for them. This gives the participants control of who they support and relieves the organization for the responsibility for all that money.
Citizens can choose to support scam PACs and candidates or take action now to create and demonstrate demand for honest small donor candidates.