Saint Mary's College Politics Professor Ron Ahnen was quoted in a Contra Costa Times story about campaign financing that reveals political donors in the suburb of Lafayette outspent others in the county.

Ahnen said new reforms limiting big donations have redefined campaign finance during this presidential election.

"All of a sudden, we see that both parties have to go after small donors," he said. In this election, for instance, direct mailings from Democrats have tripled and e-mail solicitations have more than quadrupled.

It will take a while to come up with new statistics about who is donating and to whom, Ahnen said.

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