|In 2004, small donors those who gave $200 or less made up a smaller proportion of total contributions
to the Democratic Party from individuals than in 2000. Meanwhile, the multimillion-dollar megadonors fueled
the tremendous rise of left-leaning 527 groups, over which they can exert more in. uence.
Sources: Federal Election Commission (www.fec.gov); Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org)