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Dean Remolding Democratic Party?

Howard Dean, Elections 2004 and the Democratic Party (

The nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute last week provided some evidence supporting Rosenberg’s view. “What is also different about 2003 is the emergence of a well-financed candidate — Howard Dean — who depends on large donors ($1,000 or more) for only 22 percent of individual contributions and gets 54 percent from small donors (less than $200),” the institute found.

In contrast, President Bush, who has raised $83.9 million, collected 85 percent of it in contributions of $1,000 or more and 10 percent in gifts of less than $200. For other major Democratic candidates, the percentages of large and small contributions were: retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, 45 percent to 35 percent; Sen. John Edwards (N.C.), 88 to 1; Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (Mo.), 78 to 8; Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), 77 to 11; and Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), 78 to 6.

(Emphasis above is mine) Interesting article…

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