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Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:30 pm Post subject: Manitoba pc's raised three as much as ndp in 2017
( we often hear about conservative parties raising more money , another example in Manitoba where the pc's are raising triple what the ndp are who barely have anything in the bank )
Manitoba Tories raised three times as much as NDP in 2017
Premier Brian Pallister
Since coming to power, Premier Brian Pallister has eliminated a public subsidy for political parties that was based largely on how many votes they had received in the two previous elections. (File image)
By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018 2:09PM CST
Manitoba's governing Progressive Conservatives are widening their cash advantage over the opposition parties.
New documents filed with Elections Manitoba show the Tories raised $2.3 million through contributions and fundraising last year.
That is more than triple the $700,000 raised by the NDP and more than ten times the Liberal tally of $158,000.
The Tories finished the year with $1.1 million in cash, compared to $86,000 for the NDP and $54,000 for the Liberals.
The Tories used to raise about double what the NDP did, but have been in government since 2016 and raised donation limits the following year.
Paul Thomas, a political analyst at the University of Manitoba, says the extra money gives the Tories a big edge heading into the next election in October 2020.
"It means you can bombard voters with more messages, you can hire more staff, you can have more organizational capacity to do all sorts of things," said Thomas, a professor emeritus of political studies.
"It doesn't guarantee success, but it's better to have more money than less money."
Since coming to power, Premier Brian Pallister has eliminated a public subsidy for political parties that was based largely on how many votes they had received in the two previous elections. Last year, the Tories raised the maximum amount people can donate to parties every year to $5,000 from $3,000.
Critics said it would give rich people too much sway over provincial politics, while Pallister said he was trying to ensure political donations were voluntary, not taken through taxes.
The changes, contained in a law passed last year, also give parties more room to spend money on ads in the run-up to an election.
They were previously forbidden to spend more than $268,000 on ads outside of a campaign period in an election year. The law passed last year limits the cap to 90 days before a campaign begins.
Ad spending in the rest of an election year is unrestricted.
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Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:42 pm Post subject:
Money isn't everything. I remember a mid-term election in the US in the 1970's where the GOP outspent the Democrats by a wide margin and still lost. Money helps but if the voters take a dislike to you, it isn't going to save you.
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