Campaign Donations

Who gets the big money in campaign donations? Who gets the chump change? According to yesterday’s Washington Times editorial:

“The Nine Dwarfs” pursuing the Democratic Party presidential nomination have been relentlessly asserting that the Republican Party is beholden to the wealthy. It turns out, however, that it is the Democratic Party that has been addicted to the million-dollar contributions from the nation’s fat cats. A recent study by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a nonpartisan campaign-finance research organization, reveals that the Democratic Party gobbled up an astounding 92 percent of all individual contributions totaling $1 million or more during the 2001-02 election cycle. Meanwhile, it was the Republican Party that received 64 percent of all individual contributions less than $200 per donor.

92%! It’s hard to get 92% of anything out of the body politic. I wonder why so many rich people prefer the Democrats and so many working people prefer the Republicans.

Next time someone calls the Republicans the party of the rich, mention the number 92%. You might also wish to remind them that 8 of the 10 wealthiest Senators are Democrats. (To be fair, of the 40 millionaries in the Senate only 18 are Democrats; the other 22 are Republicans. This is close to the overall parity between the parties in that body.)

Posted by Deleted User at July 8, 2003 2:42 PM