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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Who has the richest donors?

So I looked over the Leadership candidate contribution reports for the last quarter, and there is much to be garnered. The order of donations received, is in almost direct relation to DEM results, with the order being:
  1. Michael Ignatieff
  2. Robert Rae
  3. Gerard Kennedy
  4. St√ąphane Dion
  5. Scott Brison
  6. Joseph Volpe
  7. Ken Dryden
  8. Martha Hall Findlay
  9. Carolyn Bennett
  10. Hedy Fry
  11. Maurizio Bevilaqua
But who is most dependent on large donors? Bob Rae comes in a close second to Joe Volpe, with close to 85% of support coming in amounts more the $1000. Gerard Kennedy and Micheal Ignatieff come in the high 60s, with Stephane Dion at 50%.

It is Gerard Kennedy who wins on both fronts for highest average donation above and below $1000. (if you ignore Joe Volpe in the above $1000 amount.)

So why does this matter? Donations limits will likely be substantially decreased in the near future.

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  • Excellent work.

    It does show how some of the candidates' campaigns have adapted early to the upcoming rule changes. That Iggy can raise the most amount of money based upon the next to lowest average per donation amount ($492 with 1268 donors) is pretty astounding when you think about it.

    The others have done well too, but I do think the Rae (443 donors) and Volpe (147) averages donation amounts, both over $1000 and both about $400 more on average than the next highest (Kennedy at $685 from 387 donors).

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 6:51 AM  

  • It does show how some of the candidates' campaigns have adapted early to the upcoming rule changes.

    Ted, the $1000 donation limit is not going to pass.

    Oh, and as much as you would like to think that Iggy taking $5 donations from all of his youth supporters and their friends is representative of something, it really doesn't mean much. It's kind of like that Maclean's poll the Iggy stars hijacked (and then got ostracized for).


    By Blogger Skip, at 7:32 AM  

  • That was only meant in jest by the way - 1250 different donors is a positive thing to highlight.

    By Blogger Skip, at 8:37 AM  

  • Skip, there were 3 donations to Iggy that were $5.

    Get your facts straight.

    By Blogger Liberal Pebbles, at 8:43 AM  

  • Remember also that you can donate more than once to each candidate, which skews the numbers aswell. Some campaigns combine donations in the same period to one file, while others report them individually. So if you donated money and went to an Iggy event you might count as 2, while if you donated and went to a Dion event that might count as one.

    By Blogger Liberal Pebbles, at 8:50 AM  

  • Actually, they consolidate the donations if I'm not mistaken.

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 8:33 PM  

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