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Sated on big donations, the mayor’s campaign seeks nickels, dimes, and legitimacy.

The common citizen has finally found a place in the re-election campaign of Mayor Anthony A. Williams. Up until June, Williams had amassed a $1.4 million war chest almost exclusively with donations of $1,000 and $2,000 from corporate types and government employees. In early summer, though, after two years of badgering by political advisers, the campaign called upon friends with more modest incomes. The campaign-finance report filed last week, covering the time from June 9 to Aug. 10, shows the mayor scrambling for small dollars from small-time donors. But Williams will have to keep scraping if he wants to bring the 2002 campaign’s people-power credentials in line with those of 1998. Then, the average Williams donation was $333. This time around, it’s at $863.

Feb. 2000June 9, 2002,

The differences, by the numbers: through June 8, 2002 through Aug. 10, 2002

Total donated$1.4 million$136,085

Average donation$1,033$318

Percentage of donations $200 or less1666

Smallest donation$10$5

Source of most donations NorthwestSoutheast

Percentage of donors from outside D.C. 4525

Former elected official who gaveBob DoleSharon Pratt