Originally published on the Washington Examiner on September 23 by Jason Russell.
Donald Trump is the wealthiest person ever to run for president, and he's led all but one of the Republican presidential primary polls since July.Coincidence?Mostly, but not entirely. At this point in the campaign, Trump's lead has more to do with factors — the size of the GOP field, Trump's fame and outsized personality and the novelty of his candidacy, etc.— that have little or nothing to do with his ability to self-fund.Still, liberals who want to limit money in political campaigns have complained that Trump's rise highlights the need for campaign finance reform.Of course, vast personal wealth is no guarantee of political success. Despite his billions of dollars, Ross Perot never earned a single electoral vote in the 1992 or 1996 presidential elections. Steve Forbes, for all his billions, managed to win only two GOP primaries in his two presidential runs.
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