Ruling NDP still leads, but opposition BC Liberals making fundraising gains

The BC Liberals are on track to beat their 2021 fundraising total and the NDP is lagging behind last year’s pace.

The second quarter figures released Aug. 5 by Elections BC show the opposition party, now led by Kevin Falcon, raised $667,866.45 from April 1 to June 30 for a half-year total of $993,555.31.

In 2021, the year after their worst election defeat in three decades, they raised $1.42 million.

The ruling NDP reported $988,717.09 in donations in the second quarter, for a total of $1.73 million. In 2021, John Horgan’s party took in almost $3.6 million.

The B.C. Greens, meanwhile, have raised $471,926.57 after two quarters. They reported almost $1.1 million in 2021.

In May and June, the BC Liberals transferred $30,414.79 to Elenore Sturko’s campaign for the upcoming Surrey South by-election to replace BC Liberal Stephanie Cadieux, who quit to become the first federal chief accessibility officer.

The party transferred $106,780 to Kevin Falcon’s by-election campaign on April 29, the day before the vote, and $63,658.98 between April 7 and June 30. The Aug. 4-released report showed that Falcon spent $84,374.37 to win the Vancouver Quilchena seat over NDP rival Jeanette Ashe.

On July 15, the three parties also received their latest bi-annual instalments of taxpayer-funded allowances under a program to replace the 2017-banned corporate and union donations. Until this year, the payments were annual.

Sums for the NDP ($786,086), BC Liberals ($556,629.50) and Greens ($248,632.12) are based on $1.75 per vote from the last election and doled out every January and July.

Instead of phasing out the allowances, the NDP made them permanent - but subject to the consumer price index - beginning in 2024.