Albertans donated just over $1 million to the opposition New Democratic Party in the first quarter of 2022, according to contribution records released yesterday by Elections Alberta.
Contributions of $1,037,511.32 put the NDP well ahead of the ruling United Conservative Party’s fundraising total of $887,974.49, as reported by the Legislative Assembly’s Election Administration Office. provincial.
But wait! UCP says it actually raised more!
“UCP Beats NDP in First Quarter Fundraising”, the party claimed in a tweet claiming the party’s riding associations raised an additional $375,909 over the same period to give him a total of $1,263,883.
Now, that could very well be true. Last year, the UCP amended political contribution legislation so that constituency associations did not have to declare their donations until the end of the year. Since UCP riding associations can collect their own donations and the NDP centralizes all donations and brings them together to Elections Alberta, that means we’re talking apples and oranges – or, at least, obscure conservative books versus more transparent NDP accounts.
Still, you have to agree that it’s odd to change a law so you don’t have to declare gray money pouring into your party’s coffers and then complain about the opposition party bragging for bringing in more contributions than you.
But hey, it’s Alberta. Nothing should shock anyone.
“We are proud to declare 100% of our donations for the quarter, and we are the only major party to do so,” said NDP Provincial Secretary Brandon Stevens, adding, “It is clear that Albertans recognize that we ” re in the home stretch of the elections.
“The UCP has claimed that its volunteers are not able to report quarterly to Elections Alberta, but they now claim they are able to report quarterly to party headquarters,” Stevens noted in a statement. Press release. “Albertans cannot be trusted by the UCP to self-report their own fundraising numbers, given their long history of dishonesty.”
Anyway, last year the NDP raised $6.2 million compared to $3.8 million for the UCP, which could explain the UCP’s seemingly urgent need to redefine the fundraising contest so he can claim a win.
The breakdown of reported funds shows that the NDP received a higher percentage of small donations under $250 than the UCP – 63% compared to nearly 50% for the UCP. Of course, we don’t know the makeup of the constituency donations claimed by the UCP or the corporate funds that went to conservative-leaning political action committees.
Again, as noted in yesterday’s commentary on the leak of the expected US Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights, the third largest recipient of political contributions according to Elections Alberta was the political party single issue dedicated exclusively to ending access to abortion in Alberta. .
The Pro-life Alberta Political Association received donations of $67,563.93. While significant, however, it suggests two things: first, that PAPA exists primarily to circumvent election spending laws and keep pressure on PCU politicians to toe the line on his question, and second that, for now at least, Alberta politics remains a bipartisan competition.
Other registered parties that received contributions during the quarter posted the following totals:
Alberta Day: $29,006.45
Liberal Party of Alberta: $19,667
Wildrose Independence Day: $14,205.00
Green Party of Alberta: $1,920.00
Alberta Independence Party: $390.00
Alberta Advantage Party: $310.00