Those Big-Money Republican candidates. Just look at them. Jeb Bush, why he raked in 13.4 million dollars in the third quarter, according to recently released numbers. And he had a little over 10 million in the bank. He is rolling in the dough. In fact, he raised 50% of what Hillary raised in the same period. 50%! How about that?

Is it a surprise that Hillary conveyer-belted in (raked just won’t do it) about 28 million dollars during the third quarter? And that she apparently has $32 million on hand? With Wall Street and Hollywood in tow, anything less would be a let-down. And Bernie Sanders? That salt-of-the-earth socialist ran a rather successful fund-raising campaign. $26 million: just about twice what Jeb raked in. If I was setting up a venture capital fund, whose advice should I seek? Jeb or Bernie?

And then there’s Ben Carson. His numbers were just over $20 million, almost in the ball park with the Clinton-Sanders big-money crowd. But there is a difference, and Bernie and Ben do share something in common: small donors spread across a wide base. They say that is a good measure of future sustainability of a campaign. It’s not reliant on big accounts that may and often will switch horses in mid-race. If a church warden in Kansas or an environmentalist in Oregon decide that Ben or Bernie is no longer for them, the campaign can plough on.

But the question now becomes: who exactly is supporting – in greater and greater numbers and money – Bernie and Ben? Carson is continually criticized as being a candidate based on evangelicals, which suggests that if you are faith-based in your values, then you must be part of a politically insignificant minority. Labelling Carson’s supporters as Seventh Day Adventist splinter group members one and all, is a bit much. Maybe future polling will start to shine a light on all those people – in their diversity – who support Ben Carson, for example.

And whether it’s only young ecologists and union members who love Bernie remains to be seen as well. Certainly Sanders and Carson do rely on active bases that have a lot to do with themes like: faith, youth, unions, and environmentalism. But their undeniable sustainability is revealing something far greater.