Tories lose fundraising edge in donor numbers
OTTAWA - A Conservative party that's being buffeted by a Senate spending scandal continued to raise more money than its political opponents in the third quarter this year, but the gap is narrowing.
The Tory fundraising machine pulled in just over $3.4 million in July, August and September, almost as much as the Liberal and New Democratic parties combined.
But one of the big Conservative fundraising advantages â€” the sheer number of donors â€” is no longer the governing party's ace in the hole.
The Liberals under leader Justin Trudeau raised just under $2.2 million and did it by tapping 30,108 donors.
The Conservatives had fewer than 29,000 donors in the quarter, their lowest total since early 2012 â€” and the first time they've had fewer donors than the Liberals in a quarter since the modern Conservative party was created a decade ago.
The NDP raised just over $1.5 million from about 22,000 contributors.