Conservatives edge out Liberals in 4th quarter fundraising in 2017
The Conservatives had their best fundraising quarter since the 2015 federal election
The Conservatives raised the most money in the fourth quarter of 2017, narrowly edging out the Liberals with their best quarter since the 2015 federal election.
The Liberals raised $5,113,287 from 39,666 contributions, down about $700,000 from last year's fourth quarter.
The New Democrats took in $2,049,140 from 18,771 contributions, their best quarter since the last federal election and their first under leader Jagmeet Singh — though donations were up only marginally from the party's haul in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Political parties tend to put most of their fundraising efforts into the last three months of the year. Outside of election years, and with very few exceptions, the fourth quarter is the one in which parties have raised the largest share of their money.
The Conservatives raised the most money throughout 2017, totalling $18.9 million, followed by the Liberals at $14.1 million and the NDP at $4.9 million.
The Green Party raised $1,099,725 from 10,142 individual contributions, down from the $1.3 million raised in the fourth quarter of 2016, and $2.5 million for the entirety of 2017. The Bloc Québécois raised $401,229 from 4,034 contributions in the fourth quarter of 2017, the party's best non-election quarter in at least a decade. The party's total haul for the year was $705,273.
Singh raised nearly $1M, Kevin O'Leary nothing
Despite the completion of the NDP and Conservative leadership races before the fourth quarter, leadership contestants were still raising money — some to pay off outstanding debts.
Singh raised the most in the quarter, taking in $209,000 to bring his total for the entire leadership campaign to $940,000, nearly double the amount raised by his closest rival.
Charlie Angus took in another $51,000, while Guy Caron raised $27,000 and Niki Ashton another $23,000.
The NDP leadership race came to a close on Oct. 1, 2017. The Conservative leadership was settled on May 27, 2017, but contestants still raised a combined $88,000 in the fourth quarter to pay off their debts. This included the $45,000 raised by Erin O'Toole, $21,000 by Kellie Leitch and $13,000 by Maxime Bernier.
Kevin O'Leary, whose debts are over half a million dollars, did not raise any money in the fourth quarter.