The Democratic Party of Arkansas sent out an email today listing the activity in the state. They included information on Dustin McDaniel, Marion Berry, and Blanche Lincoln. What caught my eye was a description of her fourth quarter donations. It says that she raised 1.3 million dollars in the quarter from over 1000 donors.
In other news this week, U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln announced that her campaign raised more than $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The contributions were spread among over 1,000 donors.
Without knowing exactly how many donors there were, using a description of 1000 donors and dividing 1.3 million, you get $1,300 per donor. Keep in mind that the maximum individual donation is $2,300. That means that a huge portion of her total is due to those maximum donations. Just who can afford to give that much money? (~~Special Interests~~) For comparative purposes, the donations to Barack Obama in 2008 were under $100 on average.
So, in a state like Arkansas, with so many poor and lower income people, who can afford to give that much money? It isn’t the little people.