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E.J. Dionne wonders about big bucks and small donors

It was a strange juxtaposition that showed how important Howard Dean's campaign really was.

While Dean was in Vermont announcing the end of his presidential quest, the Federal Election Commission in Washington was voting to regulate political committees set up -- mostly by Democrats -- to raise lots of money from big donors and get around the new campaign finance rules.

So what will it be, Democrats, big bucks or small donors? Broad-based fundraising -- Dean had 318,884 contributors -- or rounding up the usual wealthy suspects? -- Dean and the Power That Lives On (washingtonpost.com)