The headline on the CP story tonight really says it all. The Liberals have big-time momentum on the fundraising front. While a lot of work remains to be done, the progress made in a very short time is very impressive:
Liberals triple donations in first half of 2009Impressive work by Rossi, Alf Apps and Michael Ignatieff, and really all the Liberals across Canada that have stepped up to help support the party with whatever they could do to help. All the small donations really add up, and it seems we may finally be starting to get the hang of this new fundraising environment.
June, 29, 2009 - 06:52 pm Bryden, Joan - (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
OTTAWA - The federal Liberal party is no longer a financial basket case.
Rocco Rossi, the party's national director, reports that the party has raised roughly $5 million in the first six months of 2009 - triple its cash intake for the same period last year.
Indeed, the party's haul in the first half of the year is almost as much as the $5.9 million it raised in total over 12 months last year.
Rossi said the Liberals will pull in more than $3 million in the second quarter, which ends Tuesday. The Conservatives' fundraising results for the same period won't be released for another few weeks but Rossi said he expects the gap between the two parties will be reduced to about $1 million.
While we're still behind the Conservatives, we've closed a lot of the gap. There's still progress to be made, but its no longer accurate for the media to dismiss the Liberals as financially troubled. With the party having been debt free for months, these donations are going to fill the party war chest. We'd have been ready to take the Conservatives on this month, of that there's no doubt. And when the time does come, we'll be more than ready.
And there's still time to keep the momentum going. Tuesday is the last day of the quarter, which means there's one more day left to make a donation to help boost the second quarter/first half fundraising numbers. Rossi sent the following e-mail to Liberals this morning:
A critical fundraising deadline is less than 48 hours away, and a contribution from you right now will make an impact that will be felt for months to come.
Donations received by midnight on Tuesday, June 30th will be included in our second quarter fundraising report to Elections Canada. That report will be made public in a few weeks and the results will have an enormous effect on how Canadians view our organization.
A strong showing at this decisive moment will demonstrate to those taking a ‘wait and see’ approach that the Liberal Party is ready to govern and that Michael Ignatieff is ready to lead. It will provide impetus for those on the sidelines to get involved with donations of their own.
It’s as simple as this: your donation today will inspire others to donate in the coming weeks and months – ensuring that we have the funding to fight the Harper Conservatives on an equal footing. Please don’t hesitate. Let your generous support set the example for others to follow.
National Director, Liberal Party of Canada
If you can, try to make a donation and help keep the big 'mo going. As we've seen, every bit really does count. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers