Laramie, Wy – State political parties around the country are getting less money from the national parties. That is a finding of the Center for Public Integrity in a report they did on campaign finance reform.
And in Wyoming both the Republicans and Democrats follow the trend. The chairman of the Wyoming G-O-P, Drake Hill, says the amount of money transferred from the national party to the state in 2004 was way off what it was in 2002, though they are still doing well financially. He says they had to change fundraising techniques to focus more on getting donations from individuals.
An official with the state Democratic Party says they have also turned to individual donors for more of their donations now. What the new law changed is that national parties cannot transfer soft money to states. Soft money comes from contributions that do not go directly to any candidate.