And yet, somehow, they were able to scrape together the necessary cash to unleash Oily the Splot on an unsuspecting world ... -

And yet, somehow, they were able to scrape together the necessary cash to unleash Oily the Splot on an unsuspecting world …


I swear, you read this fundraising letter from Doug Finley, and it’s as though the Conservatives are actually afraid of the Insane Dion Permanent Tax on Everything(tm):

It is this line, however, that really makes you wonder if you’ve fallen into a strange alternate universe:

“We can’t afford to be outspent on ads by the Liberals.”

Now, I know when it comes to fundraising, a political party always has to plead poverty — even if that party has the most overstuffed war chest in the country, and enough excess cash to burn on any number of ill-conceived off-writ ad campaigns without worrying about having enough left in the tank for the election. In fact, when it comes to buying ads during a campaign, the challenge for the Conservatives appears to be finding creative ways to spend as much money as possible without going over the legal limit – not always successfully, as indicated by the ongoing battle with Elections Canada over the in and out scheme. Not to mention that they’re the first to gloat over the financial struggles of the Liberals, from lingering leadership debts to lacklustre Laurier Club renewals.

And yet, here we have Doug Finley – the Laird of Darkness himself – predicting that the sheeplike voters of Canada are at risk of falling for the Liberals’ “multi-million dollar advertising initiative” unless right-thinking Conservative Party members dig deep into their pockets, and fork over a few hundred bucks to respond — provided they haven’t already given the maximum allowed under the Federal Accountability Act, that is. It’s just kind of — breathtaking. Then again, I guess all fundraisers pretty much have to check their guile at the door.

Full text of the letter after the jump:

Still more Liberal tricks….

En Français | In English

Dear Mr. [REMOVED]
Last week we launched a campaign to warn Canadians about the Dion Tax Trick – a permanent new tax that will destroy jobs and drive up the cost of gas, electricity and everything else.
The campaign features radio spots, an interactive website –
Will You Be Tricked? – and grassroots voter contact in target ridings across Canada. So far, the response has been fantastic, with tens of thousands of people visiting the website alone.
What has been the Liberal response?
They are using our campaign to raise money for their own multi-million dollar advertising initiative. They believe an ad campaign — supported by accolades from Liberal editorialists and Liberal special interest groups – will turn public opinion in their favour.
We can’t afford to be outspent on ads by the Liberals.
We know the Liberal Party will be hiring some of the best Liberal ad agencies in the country to produce the same type of Liberal ads that aired in the 2004 and 2006 elections. And we know the Liberals will be running their ads in key target ridings that Stéphane Dion needs to win.
Will you help us fight back?
Will you help us take our campaign to the next level?
Will you
make a contribution today to fund the next round of Conservative response spots?
Will you help by donating
$200 or $100 on-line right now ? The success of our campaign is in your hands.
Doug Finley
National Campaign Director
P.S. -The timing on this campaign is urgent, and the need is great.
Please send the most generous contribution you can today by following this link to our secure on-line donations page. Many thanks.
P.P.S – If you would like your name removed from our fundraising email list, please
follow this link.

NOTE: In the original email, lines appearing in bold originally linked directly to the Conservative Fund online donation form, but I had to remove the code since it identified the recipient, and we’re all about privacy here at ITQ.

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And yet, somehow, they were able to scrape together the necessary cash to unleash Oily the Splot on an unsuspecting world …

  1. Did you look at the link in the PPS too?

  2. Why yes, yes you did, between my reading the original post & replying….

    You may want to delete these two comments, since they’re irrelevant (I would’ve sent you an email, but this is far easier…)

  3. We’ll leave it up as a testament to my early morning slowness – but not so slow as to miss it on a re-read! I didn’t realize even the link to the tricksy site itself was seeded. Sneaky!

  4. It does sound contrived, but as you say it’s not surprising. Any fundraiser worth their salt, for any party, should take advantage of Major Themes of the Day to drum up support.

    Good on Finley.

    The Liberals could learn a lot from both the Conservative’s fundraising strategies as well as Obama’s fundraising strategies.

  5. They haven’t fired Finley yet? Hey Kady, what are you hearing about PMO staff changes? Will your best friend, Sandra, keep her job?

  6. “take advantage”?

    but it’s not honest. Your post Scott M. says it all, the Liberals won’t be outspent by the Conservatives.

  7. As far as I know, Sandra will be continuing her role as incommunicado communications director for the foreseeable future, although it’s possible that the coming Giorno Tornado will leave no office in Langevin untouched. Far be it from me to attempt to fathom what goes on behind those walls, but I’ve always figured that the PM *must* be okay with her adversarial style: the charmless defensive, as it were. Given his mania for micromanagement — not to mention being the Smartest Prime Minister in the History of Ever — one would assume that, had he any interest in taking a less combative approach with the press, it would have already resulted in either a change in strategy, or personnel. But honestly, I don’t think Stephen Harper thinks it matters, in the long run. He’s pretty confident that he can circumvent much of the media without raising the ire of anyone other than, well, the media – and who cares about the gripes of a whining fourth estate, anyway? Whether he’s right or not, of course, is an entirely different question. It’ll make the next election much more interesting, that’s for sure.

  8. While I don’t support the Conservatives on almost all of their policies, you can’t deny that they do a good job of fundraising.

    If Conservative Party supporters feel they are being lied to they wouldn’t give. Whether they are actually being lied to is immaterial. What matters is whether they feel what they’re hearing is the truth.

  9. Has anyone spotted Giorno yet? I mean for a guy taking over on July 1, wouldn’t he be in town already reading stuff, renting a place to stay etc?

  10. Do the Conservative supporters like being badgered, mislead? Do they not know their party is rolling in money?

    Sucker born every minute – these same people worried about taxes have no problem spending money on an already rich political party.


  11. Hey Kady, Am I the only person who after reading that letter was left thinking that Finley was dared by someone in their office to see how many times that the could use the word “Liberal” in that letter???

  12. Dion’s leadership will stimulate reform alliance to come up with a credible environmental plan . Good for the country .

    In memory of the great George Carlin ” But he loves you! …And he needs money! He’s all powerful, but he can’t handle money! “

  13. Pretty much every fundraising pitch pleads poverty. “Your” dollar is critical to the ongoing work of (insert organization name here) and without it they just might have to declare bankruptcy and seize the left kidneys of all board members.

    Whether it’s a tiny charity, a missionary church in the Amazonian jungle, the RCYC High Performance Racing Team, University Health Network, or Harvard (home of the $11B US endowment), they ALL plead poverty. The funniest is when people with FAR more money than you (and can just write a check to cover the entire campaign) call you up and press for a donation. Ask Michael Lee-Chin about that, or any member of the RCYC whose name isn’t Weston, Thomson, or Eaton.