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The Repub­li­can Party of­ten gets panned as the party of “big money and big donors” — but do­na­tion pat­terns have changed mea­sur­ably un­der Pres­i­dent Trump says an anal­y­sis com­piled for Fox News by Maxim Lott, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Stos­sel TV. He found that 61% of money raised di­rectly by the Trump cam­paign this elec­tion cy­cle came from small donors who gave un­der $200, ac­cord­ing to the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

“This is dra­mat­i­cally higher than pre­vi­ous Repub­li­can nom­i­nees. Mitt Rom­ney raised 26% of his direct con­tri­bu­tions from small do­na­tions in 2012, and John McCain raised 25% from small do­na­tions in 2008,” the anal­y­sis noted.

“Democrats have tra­di­tion­ally been the party that has ben­e­fited the most from cul­ti­vat­ing a small donor base. It’s pretty clear from the num­bers that Trump has done a lot to change that dy­namic — the pop­ulist edge he’s brought to cam­paign­ing is clearly some­thing that is res­onat­ing with small donors on the right,” Alex Baum­gart, individual con­tri­bu­tions re­searcher at the Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics, told Mr. Lott.

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