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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:45 am    Post subject: Federal NDP fundraising tanked in 2016 Reply with quote

( another sign the federal ndp are in deep trouble )

Federal NDP fundraising tanked in 2016

NDP national director says party is ‘confident’ leadership race will boost donations in 2017

Beatrice Britneff

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

2016 represented the worst fundraising year for the federal New Democrats in five years, according to Elections Canada filings posted Tuesday.

In its 2016 annual return, the NDP claimed it brought in $5,398,683.65 from 26,754 contributors last year — down from approximately $18.5 million (from 118,777 contributors) in 2015 and about $9.5 million (from 46,355 contributors) in 2014.

The last time the party’s annual fundraising numbers were that low was in 2010, when the party raised approximately $4.3 million from 22,807 contributors, according to Elections Canada records.

“After a record-breaking year in 2015 and a disappointing election result, donations fell in...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Conservatives raised more funds than Liberals in 2016, but spent more to do it

Stephanie Levitz

Ottawa — The Canadian Press

Published Tuesday, Jul. 04, 2017 5:04PM EDT

The federal Conservative party raised a million more dollars than the Liberals last year, but spent twice as much as the governing party in order to raise the cash.

Annual financial reports published today show the Conservatives raised $18.25 million from 82,662 donors in 2016, while the Liberals pulled in $17.18 million from 82,285 donors.

The records also show, however, the Conservatives spent $6.85 million on fundraising activities, compared to the Liberals’ $3.1 million.

The federal New Democrats were a distant third, pulling in $5.39 million from 26,754 people and spending $315,000 to do so.

The Conservative fundraising totals for 2016 don’t account for the money raised by candidates in the leadership race that was underway for much of last year; in 2016, $3.9 million was raised.

Overall, the Liberals spent $18.58 million in 2016, the Conservatives $21.98 million and the NDP $8.3 million. The Tories also brought in $1.57 million in membership fees in 2016, down from $1.9 million the year before.

But the Liberals saw a far bigger drop in that revenue stream, thanks to the end of membership fees for that party — in 2015, they brought in more than $2 million in membership sales, but only $655,000 last year.

A spokesperson for the party said they still consider 2016 a banner year.

“(It) highlights how Canada’s Liberal movement is seeing continued success in closing the gap with the Conservative party after their 10 years in power, and is continuing to consistently outraise the NDP,” Braeden Caley said in an email.

The Liberals have come under fire in recent months for so-called “cash-for-access” fundraisers, with the opposition parties alleging their fundraising events are turned into lobbying opportunities for the highest bidders.

A Conservative spokesperson pointed out that the party is continuing to raise more money despite those Liberal fundraisers.

“These results are just further proof that Canadians are tired of Justin Trudeau’s ethical lapses, his increased taxes, and his lack of plan to get the budget back to balance,” Cory Hann said in an email.

In the spring, the Liberals introduced legislation to tighten the rules around reporting political financing, and made changes they billed to make their fundraisers more transparent.

“Canadians expect our political leaders to meet the highest standards for openness and transparency, and that’s why we are challenging Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives and the NDP’s leadership candidates to do the right thing and bring their fundraising events out into the open,” Caley said.

“To this day, they continue to refuse to do so.”

The Conservatives have said they follow existing rules and the issue is about who gets access to the decision-makers in government.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NDP numbers shouldn't surprise.

During the CPC leadership race I didn't donate a dollar to the party itself because I had no idea what the party itself was going to look as we lacked a leader, I would imagine there are some within the NDP donor ranks that share my sentiment.

While my expectation is not that the NDP will rocket to the front of the pack;
Once they select a leader I suspect they will see a bump in fundraising.
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