Over the years, various reforms have been introduced in attempts to make American politics be more democratic. For example, primary voting was introduced during the Progressive Era as a way of broadening popular participation in the election process by registered voters selecting their Party's candidate. The unintended effect was to increase the expense of running for office, increasing the demand for political donations.
There have been a series of reforms and attempted reforms to regulate political donations. One mechanism has been to limit the size of donations; lots of small donations being held to be less susceptible to undue influence than fewer, larger donations.
This has also had unintended consequences (via).
The time spent by Presidents raking in all those small donations is escalating.
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