Debates about “big money” in U.S. politics mostly focus on individual contributors in specific elections. But in the current political climate, many millionaires and billionaires have banded together into donor consortia that aim to transform policies to suit their agenda across the nation. On the free-market right, the Koch brothers support a tightly interlocked set of political operations that have successfully reshaped GOP agendas. By comparison, progressive-minded donors in the Democracy Alliance spread less money over a broader range of causes at the left edge of the Democratic Party.
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
Battle of the Mega-Donors: The Koch Network vs. Democracy Alliance.
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