TRUMP’S LOYAL PEOPLE
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.