In the 2002 election cycle, the DNC and its affiliated committees (which include numerous local committees and committees formed to coordinate expenditures for specific districts or races) raised a total of US $162,062,084, 42% of which was hard money . The largest contributor, with US $7,297,937 was the Saban Capital Group, founded in 2001 by Haim Saban . Fred Eychaner , the owner of Newsweb Corporation , gave the second highest amount of money to the DNC and its affiliates, US $5,175,000. The third largest contributor was Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment, who gave US $4,758,000. 
Randall Terry , a vocal pro-life advocate and former Republican congressional and state senate candidate, received a large enough percentage of votes in the Oklahoma Primary to receive as many as seven delegates. However, the DNC has declared him as "illegitimate"  because he failed to inform the Oklahoma Democratic Party of the names of his delegates.  As such, no Terry delegates were in attendance.  Keith Russell Judd and John Wolfe, Jr. , who have also both qualified for delegates to the convention by virtue of their performances in West Virginia (in Judd's case), Arkansas and Louisiana (in Wolfe's), faced similar obstacles to having their delegates seated.    Wolfe commenced legal proceedings to have delegates in his name seated  but lost his case one week prior to the start of the convention.