The Liberals managed to raise only $531,141 from 4,365 donors, quarterly fundraising results posted Tuesday by Elections Canada show. The Conservatives raised almost $5.2-million from over 45,000 contributors, while the NDP attracted $1.2-million from nearly 15,000 donors. The Bloc Québecois, which gets money strictly from public subsidies paid to parties, raised slightly under $35,000.
The Green party, which has no representation in the House of Commons, raised almost $155,000.
The second quarter numbers:
Conservative Party: $3.8-million from 36,800 contributors
Liberal Party: $1.3-million from 10,000 contributors
New Democratic Party: $720,000 from 11,800 contributors
Green Party: $200,000 from 2,800 contributors
Bloc Québécois: $27,900 from 360 contributors
The Liberals and Greens were the only ones to increase their donations, with the Liberals doubling the donors, almost tripling the total. A degree of false momentum, given the "convention hangover" in the first quarter, but a far cry from the bleak headlines last quarter that showed the Conservatives with 10x the donations. As a matter of fact, speaking of momentum, while the Conservatives are still well ahead, their contributions are down 25% in this quarter.
Before someone accuses me of getting carried away, these numbers are still relatively poor for the Liberals, I'm just acknowledging the apparent improvement from the earlier abysmal.