Old news now, but interesting to find out that our eyes and ears didn't lie:
The Liberal Party's 2008 Election Campaign Return confirms that the party was massively outspent by the Conservatives in last fall's general election campaign, particularly in the categories of Broadcast Advertising, Leader's Tour, and Other expenses, although they did pay more for Polling and Professional Services.
According to the party's campaign return, which has just been posted on the Elections Canada website, Liberals spent just 72.6% of their national spending limit.
If you look at the breakdown in the link, the Conservatives essentially outspent us a staggering 2 to 1 in advertising. I have to question our priorities, because advertising is a chief consideration. The sting more pronounced when we learn we burned more than TWICE the expenditure of the Conservatives on polling, SEVEN times that of the NDP, despite them spending the maximum. Also, despite only spending 73% of the maximum, we still managed to double the national office allocation of the Conservatives, which was DOUBLE what we spent in 2006. I find that a hard swallow, given the lack of funds- why all this money for polls and headquarters wasn't spent more wisely on advertising is real head scratcher. But, what do I know?
Now I know why Rossi says the fundraising gap, as was previously constructed, represented a "threat to democracy", because clearly we were doomed financially.