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Party Fundraising Report: Between The Lines

May 2, 2007

I’m sure that everyone has seen the quarterly report for political parties. If not, the results were as follows

Party Conservatives NDP Liberals
Amount Raised $5.1 million $1.2 million $588,841
# of Donors 45,192 14,782 4,365

Amount of Donors

Now the first interesting thing about this report, and something that I have not seen commented on, is the number of donors.

Now, it is safe to assume that those that donate to a political party are, for the most part, those that do the most volunteer work during the election.

Now it would seem that the Conservatives have the largest number of donors and therefore election workers, the NDP having the second-largest amount, and the Liberals barely registering.

Now, it is interesting to note that the Liberals had around 17,000 donors for the last quarter, but the Conservatives argue that was an anomaly because of the Leadership Convention. Therefore, by the Conservatives own arguments, their own donor numbers are an anomaly because of the training conference they had. But even adjusting for that, the Conservatives still come out on top.

Amount Raised and Polls

First of all, let’s look at the latest poll:

Party Liberals Conservatives NDP Greens
% of Support 31 30 15 13

A quick look shows that the Liberals and the Conservatives have what you can call “brand recognition”.

However, the key is to translate those numbers into votes, and that is where the amount raised is important.

It’s quite simple, in order to operate get out the vote (GOTV) operations, one needs money and volunteers. It would seem that the Conservatives have both qualities in large amounts, and the NDP has a sizeable amount.

The Liberals do not.

Another interesting thing is the Green vote (13%). Now, in an actual election, most of those votes are going to melt way for the Greens (except maybe in one seat) and do two things: 1) Go to other parties; and 2) Not vote.

Again, this is where a GOTV operation is important for the main three political parties. Basically, you get these votes, and you could win ridings.


Looking at just the numbers (remember, that’s a dangerous thing in itself), it would seem that the Conservatives should be able to operate just fine in the next election.

But between the Liberals and the NDP? Well, the only advantage the Liberals have over the NDP is brand recognition. The NDP seems to have the advantage in money and devoted volunteers. Used properly, that can net the NDP a lot of votes that would not be otherwise accessible.

  1. janfromthebruce
    May 2, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    I donate monthly.

  2. garhane
    May 2, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Not one more cent. NOT EVER. That rejection of the Liberal motion to
    to pulll the troops out by Feb.09 was the dumbest and at the same
    the most arrogant move I have seen yet. What in hell did Layton
    think “immediate” meant? Tomorrow morning? Feb 09 is pretty
    good and-the main thing-it is definite. Only risk is that the US might
    pull out first, with bag full of dope and blaming the local warlords,
    their allies, every step of the way to the line of waiting choppers.
    NDP should have voted for it as a practical measure, if that is all
    we can get we will take it, just like a garbage goal. You ever see a c
    hockey club refuse one? Maybe add an
    amendment to ensure that we have enough transport (not trucks!) to
    to get the troops out. But to stand aside because it is not perfect,
    They are brain damaged and should be institutionalized, but not on
    my dime..

  3. Northern BC Dipper
    May 2, 2007 at 3:07 pm


    I ask you to please remain on the topic on hand.

    Though I rather suspect that you have not given the NDP a cent in your life…

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