Individuals’ donations led the NDP to a fundraising win over the B.C. Liberals
Donations from the private sector fuel the B.C. Liberal party while union money keeps the B.C. NDP running. But individual donors still play a strong role in provincial politics.
That’s the takeaway from finance reports detailing party spending during the 2013 B.C. election.
Trade unions collectively gave $2,491,191 to the NDP and just $6,010 to the Liberals.
Meanwhile, businesses (both corporations and unincorporated companies) donated $5,476,406 to the Liberals, more than double the $2,145,721 received by the NDP.
In stark contrast, the Green Party of B.C. ran its campaigns nearly entirely on donations from individual supporters.
Looking at grassroots fundraising for the big two, the NDP took in way more than the Liberals. Individual supporters donated $4,472,551 to the NDP, nearly double the $2,430,718 given to the Liberals.
It’s that support from individuals that looks to have led the NDP to its win over the Liberals in the fundraising game this year (though not the election, of course).
Measured in dollars, the unions’ support for the NDP amounted to less than half of what the private sector gave to the Liberals. But the NDP bridged that divide with donations from people with names, $1.9 million of which came in the form of donations worth $250 or less.
The NDP raised $1,896,239 in small donations while the Liberals raised less than a third of that, collecting only $571,772 in donations under $250.
According to finance reports filed with Elections B.C., the B.C. Liberal party collected a total of $8,513,584 in donations and fundraising income. Combine that number with contributions made to individual Liberal candidates and the grand total for the Liberals stands at $9,446,123.
The NDP’s total for donations to the party plus fundraising income was $9,455,807. Combined with contributions to New Democrat candidates, the NDP took in a grand total of $10,221,315.
|Individuals' contributions > $250||1,858,946||2,576,312||486,99||4,435,258|
|Individuals' contributions < $250||571,772||1,896,239||82,470||2,550,481|
|Total individuals' contributions||2,430,718||4,472,551||131,169||6,903,269|
|Total businesses' contributions||5,476,406||2,145,721||7,760||7,629,887|
|Other identifiable contributions||385,038||0||0||385,038|
|Total contributions to parties||8,302,788||9,330,852||138,929||17,772,569|
|Total contributions to affiliated candidates||1,143,345||890,463||161,885||2,195,693|
|*Based on Elections B.C. S-A1 political contributions data combined with totals for < $250 donations declared in party financial reports.|
|Fundraising income not reported as political contributions||210,796||124,955||5,784||341,535|
|Party contributions plus fundraising income||8,513,584||9,455,807||144,713||18,114,104|