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Start giving when you're young

The Washington Post has an article on the efforts to attract young campaign contributors:

Nonetheless, presidential campaigns, party activists and professional fundraisers from both major parties are targeting these folks because today's $50 donors could be $2,000-big fish in 2008, and hitting them now goes a long way in terms of future political development. "The best way to get people into giving," explained Andrew Langer, a lobbyist and young Republican backer, "is start them early and not ask them for what they can't give."

Candidates make most of their money from those who can give the legal limit of $2,000. But the majority of individual donors are low-dollar contributors, according to Michael Malbin, executive director of the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute.

A sidebar on the article has reports on campaign financial statements of the Democratic presidential candidates and President Bush.