Conservatives break fundraising record, outpace Liberals on candidate recruitment as election looms - 2019-04-29

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F0.png Conservatives break fundraising record, outpace Liberals on candidate recruitment as election looms April 29, 2019, Marie-Danielle Smith, National Post

OTTAWA — The Conservative Party has broken a record for the best-ever first quarter fundraising result by a federal political party, which they are taking as a sign Canadians have been paying attention as the SNC-Lavalin scandal has unfolded.

The party hauled in just over $8 million from the beginning of the year to the end of March, according to data the party released to the National Post. It was the finest first-quarter showing in "Canadian political history," said Conservative spokesman Cory Hann, though donations have only been reported this way since 2005. The next-best result had come in the first quarter of 2011, when Stephen Harper's Conservatives raised nearly $7.4 million and went on to win a majority government that May.

The number of individual contributors has also swelled — 50,026 donors put money into the Conservative pot, the largest number of quarterly donors to pitch in for any political party since before the last federal election.

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