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Tory money machine faltered in 2012 as opposition parties up their game


 

OTTAWA – The federal Conservative money machine seems to have faltered somewhat.

Annual financial reports filed with Elections Canada show the ruling Tories still raised more money than anyone else last year but opposition parties closed the gap considerably.

The Conservatives raked in $17.3 million from 87,300 donors in 2012 — down more than $5 million from 2011, which was an election year.

The Tory take for 2012 is virtually the same as the party’s haul during the last non-election year in 2010 — when it raked in $5 million more than the Liberal, New Democrat and Green parties combined.

But the three main national opposition parties have upped their game since then; in 2012, their combined haul was slightly greater than the Conservatives.

The Liberal party took in $8.2 million from 44,500 donors, while leadership contenders took in another $1.3 million.

The NDP pulled in $7.7 million from 43,537 donors and the Greens pulled in just under $1.7 million from 9,532 contributors.

The financial reports show the Conservatives ended the year with a surplus of $12 million, the Liberals with $8 million, the NDP with $2.9 million and the Greens with $782,000.


 

Tory money machine faltered in 2012 as opposition parties up their game

  1. I wonder what effect Trudeau being elected as leader will have on those numbers? I can see the LPC totals going up, but I can see the CPC totals going up too.

    • The Liberal numbers may go up or down, but that depends on Justin’s foot in mouth disease,,, the Tory numbers always go up in the year before an election.

  2. The Tory numbers will never go down, they get money from people who only care about their weekly stock returns and don’t care if they pass their tax bills to the next generation. People who care about other people, the environment and the future are finally cluing in that they need to support the other parties.

    • “they get money from people who only care about their weekly stock
      returns and don’t care if they pass their tax bills to the next
      generation”

      If clues were shoes you’d be barefoot..

      • Is that like saying “sticks and stones may break my bones…”? Would you please try to come up with original and thoughtful comments and criticisms, and leave schoolyard taunts to school children.

        • I’m not here to please the likes of you.

  3. Oh my aching head CP. First of all, you’ve openly admitted that the Tories haul was virtually the same as the last non-election year so their money machine has not faltered. It’s doing what it usually does in a non-election year.

    Second, you’ve made a great statistical point about all the other parties combined having raised more money in 2012 than the Conservatives. All parties combined. The article could just as easily have read:

    “The Conservative money machine is equalling its usual performance level in a post-election year. None of the other parties even come close to their numbers.”

    Talk about crazy statistics spin

  4. The headline caught my attention. I thought the article would describe how opposition parties had surpassed the Conservatives in terms of public contributions, but alas, I was fooled by your wordsmithy. A clever twist on “Man bites dog.”