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HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.--Third quarter fund-raising numbers just in show that front-runners Obama and Clinton depend on big donors to raise them the megabucks. Small dollar givers just don't add up to equal the money power from the wealthy who can afford to write $1,000 checks.

Obama and Clinton lead in donations from Illinois. For a year-to-date on presidential donations for GOP and Dem candidates LINK


This analysis from the Campaign Finance Institute...

Large and Small Contributions: As the 2008 presidential candidates are setting records for primary fundraising, they are drawing two-thirds of their total individual contributions from large $1,000 and up donations – mostly maximum $2,300 contributions. Just 21% of the money is coming from $200 and under contributions, slightly more than the 18% of 2003 and 20% of 1999. So, despite the rise of small giving on the Internet, and the emphasis by some campaigns on their small donor fundraising, little has changed overall in the balance between large and small contributions in presidential primaries.

Presidential Candidates' Primary Fundraising Activity through 3rd Quarter 2007, with 1999 and 2003 Comparison - Primary Funds Only

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% from Indiv. Contributions
Candidate All Primary & General Receipts Indiv Contribs Small ($200 or less) Large ($1,000 or more) ($2,300 or more) Cash on Hand Debts Owed*

Dem.
Obama 76.1 74.7 28% 54% 38% 31.9 1.4
Clinton 75.0 62.0 12% 77% 52% 34.6 2.3
Edwards 27.9 27.5 31% 56% 27% 10.0 0.0
Richardson 18.0 17.6 20% 66% 43% 5.1 0.1
Dodd 12.1 6.7 4% 87% 55% 2.4 0.0
Biden 7.2 5.0 11% 78% 42% 0.8 0.1
Kucinich 2.1 2.1 70% 18% 8% 0.3 0.0
Gravel .4 .3 60% 21% 3% 0.0 0.0
Dem Subtotal 218.8 195.9 22% 64% 42% 85.1 4.0

Rep.
Romney 62.8 43.7 11% 79% 43% 9.2 0.0
Guiliani 42.2 39.2 8% 83% 54% 11.6 0.2
McCain 30.3 28.0 22% 67% 39% 1.6 1.7
Thompson, F. 12.8 12.6 33% 57% 38% 7.1 0.7
Paul 8.3 8.2 50% 31% 13% 5.4 0.0
Brownback 4.2 3.4 55% 33% 13% 0.1 0.0
Tancredo 3.6 3.4 80% 10% 3% 0.1 0.3
Huckabee 2.3 2.3 25% 56% 33% 0.7 0.0
Hunter 1.9 1.7 54% 34% 15% 0.1 0.0

Rep Subtotal 168.4 142.6 20% 69% 41% 36.0 2.9

Total 2007 387.2 338.5 21% 66% 41% 121.1 7.0

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Total 2003 (Q3) 179.2 170 18% 71% n/a 107.1 3.1

Total 1999 (Q3) 156.7 131.4 20% 65% n/a 64.5 8.9


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* Excludes candidate loans.

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