3. The struggle to break into America's political donor class

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Freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) became the first person of color to represent his district, but he had to quit his job and live off savings for a year and a half while running for office.

Why it matters: If money is power in politics, people of color barely have a seat at the table. Recent election cycles have produced some of the most diverse candidate fields in history. But those paying for the campaigns have remained demographically unchanged: 9 in 10 donors are wealthy and white.

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