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Yet Another Realignment Manifestation: Grassroots Fundraising.

We've previously noted the growing body of evidence of a Republican realignment in the United States (here, here, and here).

Now, we learn that the Republican National Committee set a new fundraising record during the first quarter of 2005, and it did it with many, many small donations:

...the RNC received $32.3 million in contributions during the first three months of 2005, a fundraising record for the first quarter of a non-presidential election year....

The RNC has received 715,000 contributions this year, with an average gift of $45.14. More than 68,200 new donors have contributed to the RNC this year.

Meanwhile, Howard Dean's DNC raised $13.8 million in the first three months of the year.

On the Republican side, a true grassroots revival. On the Democrat side, following a successful year of grassroots fundraising in 2004, a newfound dependence on gobs of cash from a few wealthy benefactors, diverted to shadowy 527 groups, one of which (MoveOn.org) sent a letter recently, declaring of the Democratic Party, "Now it's our party: We bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back."

Indeed you did.

Indeed... you... did.

Does anyone else remember the days of fawning media coverage about Howard Dean's revolutionary grassroots fundraising? Every day, it seemed, there was another story about how Dean's army of under-$200 contributors was bloating beyond the very limits of anyone's imagination.

Whatever happened to that?

With such ample and robust evidence of a Republican realignment, is it any wonder the Democrats are becoming more desperate in their character assassination campaigns against individuals like John Bolton and Tom DeLay?

Posted by Will Franklin · 19 April 2005 01:50 PM


Great work if you can get it!...I need some donations!...

Posted by: Zsa zsa at April 20, 2005 08:37 AM


Posted by: Tiffany at April 21, 2005 04:31 PM

Interesting that the horrible fundraiser Howard Dean just had the best fundraising quarter ever for the DNC in a non-Presidential year. Sounds like a true disaster to me.

Posted by: MattR at June 8, 2005 04:06 PM