Musings —05.03.2017 12:40 PM—
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives showed off their fundraising prowess during the first three months of the year, raking in almost twice as much as the governing Liberals despite being in the midst of a leadership contest that could be siphoning off potential donations to the party.
When the leadership contestants’ money haul is added in, the Conservatives raised more than three times the Liberal take.
According to financial returns filed with Elections Canada for the first quarter of 2017, the Conservative party pulled in $5.3 million from almost 42,500 donors, compared to just $2.8 million from 31,812 donors who gave to the Liberals.
The Conservative Party has always done well at fundraising. But to take in three times as much as the governing party? Huh? What is going on?
In any other leadership race, candidates siphon off dough, leaving their party with much less. That hasn’t happened here, as my former colleague Joan Bryden notes.
How can this be happening, when the CPC is:
(Okay, maybe they’re not “hopeless,” but I had a little recurring refrain going there, and I wanted to keep it alive.)
I don’t have a theory about any of this, and so I welcome yours. But if I were advising the governing party, I would be concerned, to put it mildly. During the years I was privileged to work for Jean Chretien, nothing like this ever happened to us – we topped the polls, and we did great at fundraising.
So what the heck? Comment are open.