The September Democratic Debate: Time to Vote with Your Checkbook

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To get into the September debate or debates, a candidate “will need to have 130,000 unique donors and register at least 2 percent support in four polls. They have until Aug. 28 to reach those benchmarks.” Apparently, a donation in any dollar amount will do the job. But it must be a “unique” donation; in other words, if you give $10 on Thursday and give another $10 on Friday to the same candidate, it only counts once—though I’m sure your guy or gal will be happy to have another $10.

Seven candidates have already met these criteria and will be on stage in September: Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Harris, O’Rourke, Sanders, and Warren.

Three are said to be close: Castro, Klobuchar, and Yang; Castro and Yang already have enough donors to qualify, but Klobuchar needs some more.

If you think Amy Klobuchar, or one or more of the remaining candidates, deserves a further hearing, then it’s time to look up their web site and send in a few simoleons, before the Democratic Party votes them off the island.

To sum up, the folks who need your largesse, if they are not to be swept into the dustbin of history, are Michael Bennett, Steve Bullock, Bill de Blasio, John Delaney, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Gravel, John Hickenlooper, Jay Inslee, Amy Klobuchar, Wayne Messam, Seth Moulton, Tim Ryan, Joe Sestak, Tom Steyer, and Marianne Williamson.