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Contributions: A Bigger Picture

May 1, 2008

Many bloggers have been discussing the first quarter political party contribution results from Elections Canada. However, what I have not see discussed on any of the blogs that I have read is a big picture view that examines previous quarters. So, with that in mind, I have gathered information on contribution results from First Quarter 2005 to First Quarter 2008 and made three graphs: one on dollars contributed, one on the number of donors, and one on average amount of money per donor.

At the bottom, I’ve placed some notes in regards to understanding the graphs. I’ll for the most part leave it to others to come up with their own conclusions and explanations (and/or spin).

Conservatives might not want to trust too much in these numbers, as they are from Elections Canada.

Data Chart

Contributions Raised Quarterly

Number of Donors Per Quarter

Average Per Donor Per Quarter


  1. In the final quarter of every year, there tends to be a increase of contributions gathered. This probably is because donors want to ensure they get a tax credit for the next year.
  2. The large rise on all graphs in Fourth Quarter 2005 probably arises from the 2006 Federal Election going on at the time.
  3. The large rise on all graphs for the Liberals in Fourth Quarter 2006 probably arises from the Liberal Leadership Convention.
  4. There seems to be a downward trend for the Liberals in regards in average per donor per quarter. Are the Liberals just adjusting to the general range exhibited by the other parties, or is there something else going on?
  1. May 2, 2008 at 5:43 am

    create analyses…I love graphs.

  2. May 2, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I think party contributions is a much better indicator of political support than most public opinion polls, thanks for posting.

    Looks like the NDP may be building a real advantage on the ground!

  3. May 24, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Hi webmaster!

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