Voters should familiarize themselves with the candidates’ fundraising for Federal office. Specifically, voters should learn the average contribution from each contributor and should learn the identities of the donors, their backgrounds, and their agendas. Candidates for office are more likely to feel beholden to donors who contribute significantly more than the average donation that the candidate receives.
Issue-centered donors can influence successful candidates in a way that does not necessarily coincide with the electorate in the candidate’s constituent base. If candidates from urban districts should not be taking large donations from energy companies and defense contractors. All candidates who accept donations from those affiliated with the national security industry should be scrutinized.
In short, all voters should concern themselves by those who influence candidates in their jurisdictions. Only by doing that can the voters ensure themselves that their candidates are responsive to them, rather than the special interests that fund their candidates’ campaigns.