Inside Politics

Looming fundraising report deadline sparks NDP, Liberal pleas

With the June 30th cut-off for the next round of quarterly political financing reports fast approaching, both the New Democrats and the Liberals are using what is, at the end of the day, an administrative deadline to launch dueling final notice-style appeals to their respective supporters, imploring them to give a little more to ensure a respectable showing when the numbers are released later this summer.

Here's the NDP pitch, which went out via email yesterday afternoon with the subject line 'Deadline: 72 Hours', and exhorts New Democrats to "show Stephen Harper and his Conservatives just how strong we are," while noting that "the media will be watching closely" to see how the party's March-to-June take compares to its rivals:


We're facing one of the most important fundraising deadlines of the year.

At midnight on Sunday, whatever we raise will be reported publicly.

We have 72 hours to prove how strong we are.

Make an urgent online donation right now:

The media will be watching closely - to see how we match up to the Conservative fundraising machine.

It's true: they've outraised us in the past. With the help of well-connected insiders and big corporate donors, the Conservatives don't have trouble raising a lot of money.

We New Democrats rely on the support of individual Canadians ready to build a better Canada. It makes us stronger in the end - and it works best when we all do our part.

Make your contribution today. Donate $10, $20 or $50 before the midnight deadline.

Let's show Stephen Harper and his Conservatives just how strong we are.

Thank you!

In solidarity,

Rebecca Blaikie
Canada's New Democrats

The Liberal missive took an ever-so-slightly less direct approach to the inevitable party-by-party comparisons predicted by the NDP, instead suggesting that the money "could affect how we stack up against the Conservatives and NDP." (The NDP, it's worth noting, didn't mention the Liberals at all.)

They also included a promo for the potentially eventually infamous 'BBQ with Justin' contest -- for which, as the fine print makes clear, no donation is actually required for entry:

This Sunday at midnight we're up against a big fundraising deadline - and I need your help.

Here is what's at stake: How much we raise could affect how we stack up against the Conservatives and NDP.

They're trying to beat us with negative politics. But I know that with hope and hard work, we can show Canadians there's a better way.

Over 2,000 of you have already stepped up helping us raise $73,303 since this campaign began. But we need to raise $100,000 or more.

Donate $5 now and you'll be automatically entered to join me for a BBQ dinner in your town.

While the other side depends on silencing critics and shutting Canadians out, I want you to know that in this movement for change there's a seat at the table for everyone.

Show that our grassroots-powered organization is strong enough to get the job done:



At press time, no eleventh-hour pleas from the Conservatives have been sighted, which suggests that the party's fundraising team is likely fairly confident that they will, once again, report a total haul larger than the other federal parties combined.

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