NDP provincial secretary Jan O'Brien admits there's no money in a by-election readiness fund
NDP provincial secretary Jan O'Brien sent out another fundraising letter today. It revealed that the party was in not in a financial position to fight a by-election campaign in Vancouver-Fraserview, had B.C. Liberal Kash Heed been forced to resign.
O'Brien's letter appears below:
In May, we fought a strong campaign during the by-election against Christy Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey. Losing by just 595 votes, our campaign was nearly able to stop Christy Clark in her tracks.
Kash Heed the cheating Liberal from Fraserview went to the BC Supreme Court and admitted that his campaign overspent the spending limits in the last election.
Heed admitted that he had spent more than he was allowed to. This was one of the tightest races in the 2009 election and the spending made a huge difference, paying for a vicious attack leaflet smearing the NDP.
This cheating saw Kash Heed win by just 748 votes.
For over a year, we had been raising money for our by-election readiness fund. We were able to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the Point Grey by-election campaign as a result of generous contributions from folks like you.
If the courts had declared Kash Heed’s seat vacant we would be into another by-election with our readiness fund at $0.
Given how close we have now come to a second by-election, it seems prudent to replenish the fund by asking you to make a donation, today, while the story of Kash Heed is still fresh in our minds.
Even if we can raise just $5000, today, that will ensure that if a by-election does happen suddenly we will be able to immediately rent an office and install phones the day a by-election is called.
Please make a tax deductible contribution of $40.00 to our by-election readiness fund, right now online.