The Corner

Politics & Policy

If You Look at the Numbers, One of Scott Walker’s Advantages Is Even Bigger Than You’d Think

In the 2016 presidential race, Scott Walker has a couple advantages based on his electoral experiences alone: His back-to-back election victories after changing the state’s public-union rules drew attention and support from grassroots conservatives across the country, and to help win those races, he was all over the country raising millions of dollars from big national Republican donors. No other Republican contender has fought a national fight like that. It’s hard to measure grassroots cred, but just how dramatic is Walker’s first-contact advantage with big donors? 

Pretty dramatic, it turns out: He’s gotten donations from 48 percent of the most generous 250 Republican donors in America, an analysis by the New York Times’ Upshot says, much more than any of his competitors:

As the Times explains, even in a world of super PACs, where huge amounts can be spent without going through a campaign, there are a number of reasons why relationships with lots of big donors matter. Walker has a jumpstart on other candidates by this metric, one he can build on if he shows them he can handle the national stage. Florida senator Marco Rubio is the other standout — partly because he’s a popular national figure, but maybe also because of his history of pushing comprehensive immigration reform, an issue popular with big donors (though one he’s softened on).

A third candidate, Jeb Bush, may easily outdo the entire field in terms of relationships with top donors; he just doesn’t perform well on this metric, as the Times notes, because he hasn’t raised money for years. Exactly these three — Rubio, Walker, and Jeb — are considered by many to be the top tier of candidates.

Another exception the Times doesn’t mention in terms of national relationships: Chris Christie had a very successful tour as chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association over the past few years, raising over $100 million, surely from some of these donors (although the RGA also leans heavily on corporate support).

Patrick Brennan — Patrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...

Most Popular

White House

The Mueller Report Should Shock Our Conscience

I've finished reading the entire Mueller report, and I must confess that even as a longtime, quite open critic of Donald Trump, I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel's Office. We've become accustomed to Trump making up ... Read More
World

What’s So Great about Western Civilization

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Redacted: Harm to Ongoing Matter), One of the things I tell new parents is something that was told to me when my daughter still had that ... Read More
White House

The Problem with the Mueller Report

So much for collusion. The media conversation has now officially moved on from the obsession of the last two years to obstruction of justice. That’s because the first volume of the voluminous Mueller report, the half devoted to what was supposed to be the underlying crime of a Trump conspiracy with Russia, ... Read More
Sports

Screw York Yankees

You are dead to me. You are a collection of Fredos. The cock has crowed, you pathetic sniveling jerks. The team I have rooted for since 1965, when I first visited the House that Ruth Built, where I hawked peanuts and ice cream a lifetime ago, watched countless games (Guidry striking out 18!), has gotten so ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Trump Can’t Cry ‘No Fair’

If I may jump in, I take Charlie’s point and I think he’s largely correct. I also think David is correct. There’s not that much of a contradiction in that because I think to some extent they’re talking about different things. And this reflects a larger frustration I have with many of the ... Read More