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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 6:54 am    Post subject: Liberals denied Iggy $3M for campaign ads in final days Reply with quote

Liberals denied Iggy $3M for campaign ads

By Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter


Liberals responsible for the election war chest turned down a desperate plea for nearly $3 million for new advertising in the last week of the campaign because internal polls showed Canadians had rejected Michael Ignatieff. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency Files)

OTTAWA - Liberals responsible for the election war chest turned down a desperate plea for nearly $3 million for new advertising in the last week of the campaign because internal polls showed Canadians had rejected Michael Ignatieff and the party wanted to save a few bucks, QMI Agency has learned.

A request for $2.9 million for advertising was shot down because Ignatieff was the centerpiece of the TV spots, but had become a lightning rod for voter discontent, sources said.

The Liberals were legally permitted to spend $21 million on the campaign, but it appears $18 million or less was spent.

In the 2008 election - under Stephane Dion - the party turned off the money tap in the final days when it became clear a loss was inevitable.

The Grits spent $14.5 million in 2008 - $5.5 million less than allowed.

Ignatieff led the Liberal party to its worse electoral defeat in its history, winning just 34 seats.


He quit May 3 to return to teaching.


http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Po.....35356.html
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As the article states;
They did the same thing under Dion.

Iggy wasn't coming back from that hole, he was nearly 20 points behind the Tories.

The Liberals don't have the cash to burn, fundraising was clearly going to start getting a lot harder, and an expensive leadership race reduces the funds all the more.

Not surprising they did this again.
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