Ontario PC Party leadership race fundraising numbers

Christine Elliott is the money leader so far in this leadership race rounding out the pack of four leadership contenders. Membership sales closed days ago and the campaign enters its persuasion phase.

Candidate Christine Elliott Frank Klees Tim Hudak Randy Hillier
Total raised $315,100 $62,517 $153,940 $91,809
Average donation $2046.10 $2604.88 $1241.45 $1311.56
Median donation $500 $740 $500 $142.50
Donations 154 24 124 70

A few observations are noteworthy. The Hudak campaign had claimed at membership cut off time that donations would surpass $200,000. Since we are about 5 days past the close of membership sales and noting that donations must be declared within 10 days, the campaign may have indeed raised $200k by the membership cutoff date. Despite this, the Elliott campaign more than doubles the Hudak campaign in fundraising contributions. Frank Klees, who is the perceived front-runner in membership sales checks in with a disappointing $62,517. He’ll need to raise a lot more in order to effectively convert the thousands of memberships that he’s reportedly sold come (leadership) election day. Randy Hillier makes a respectful showing with $91,809, a sum that includes two donations from federal MP Scott Reid ($30,000) and himself ($25,000).

Cumulatively, the four PC leadership contenders have so far taken in 16 donations of $10,000 or over. Here they are:

Scott Reid $30,000.00 HILLIER
CIC Developments Inc. $25,000.00 ELLIOTT
Cougs Investments Ltd. $25,000.00 ELLIOTT
Steven Pietrobon $25,000.00 ELLIOTT
Phillip Sutherland $25,000.00 ELLIOTT
Shiplake Management Company $25,000.00 HUDAK
Randy Hillier $25,000.00 HILLIER
Pace Credit Union $20,000.00 KLEES
David Cynamon $10,000.00 ELLIOTT
Howard Holdings Corp $10,000.00 ELLIOTT
Joanne Love $10,000.00 ELLIOTT
Peter Westaway $10,000.00 ELLIOTT
Ross Whalen $10,000.00 ELLIOTT
Robert Wilson $10,000.00 ELLIOTT
Steane Consulting Ltd. $10,000.00 HUDAK
Mass Insurance Brokers Ltd. $10,000.00 KLEES

All data accurate from Elections Canada as of 9:15pm EST May 19th, 2009

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  • Phil

    It looks like Elliot got the lions share of $10,000+ donations. Probably because of her flat tax.

  • Sarah

    Tim Hudak cut Christine Elliott’s 10-to-1 advantage in fund raising down to a 2-to-1 lead. These numbers get more and more accurate by the day. Pretty soon Frank Klees will announce he has the lead in fund raising!

  • Sarah

    Tim Hudak cut Christine Elliott’s 10-to-1 advantage in fund raising down to a 2-to-1 lead. These numbers get more and more accurate by the day. Pretty soon Frank Klees will announce he has the lead in fund raising!

  • Mark Dawkins

    Doesn’t it bother anyone that 10 of the 16 top donors were to Elliott? Almost HALF of her total funds raised were from a mere 10 people. Talk about a corporate candidate, bought and paid. I was wondering how she paid for that glossy 13-page “Path To Victory” spread. But, I guess when your husband is Finance Minister….

    You know, money only means momentum when hundreds if not thousands of donors are signing up to your campaign. Otherwise, its just a bunch of rich friends trying to curry favour for whatever reason.

    Kudos to Taylor for showing us the backroom dealers behind each candidate. Or in this case, one candidate.

  • Mark Dawkins

    Doesn’t it bother anyone that 10 of the 16 top donors were to Elliott? Almost HALF of her total funds raised were from a mere 10 people. Talk about a corporate candidate, bought and paid. I was wondering how she paid for that glossy 13-page “Path To Victory” spread. But, I guess when your husband is Finance Minister….

    You know, money only means momentum when hundreds if not thousands of donors are signing up to your campaign. Otherwise, its just a bunch of rich friends trying to curry favour for whatever reason.

    Kudos to Taylor for showing us the backroom dealers behind each candidate. Or in this case, one candidate.

  • look again

    Mark, did you look at ALL of the numbers above? If you take out the large donations that takes care of the large lead Elliott has on Hudak, but then she still has more individual donors and more raised from them, and therefore just as much grassroots fundraising support as Tim does, if not more. Only she ALSO has big donors. To me, that’s a very good sign.

    Hudak folks can try as they might to spin everything in their favour, but it’s simply spin.

  • look again

    Mark, did you look at ALL of the numbers above? If you take out the large donations that takes care of the large lead Elliott has on Hudak, but then she still has more individual donors and more raised from them, and therefore just as much grassroots fundraising support as Tim does, if not more. Only she ALSO has big donors. To me, that’s a very good sign.

    Hudak folks can try as they might to spin everything in their favour, but it’s simply spin.

  • http://twitter.com/nathaliejcaron Nathalie

    A much better show than rumors had let on for Hudak’s campaign.

    I don’t know how to feel about Elliott’s targeted support, it doesn’t spell broadbased to me.

  • http://twitter.com/nathaliejcaron Nathalie

    A much better show than rumors had let on for Hudak’s campaign.

    I don’t know how to feel about Elliott’s targeted support, it doesn’t spell broadbased to me.

  • RightGuy

    Tim’s campaign is stuck in neutral. First they got called out delivering half the number of memberships they claimed, and then (after obviously missing the first elections filing) they come in with far less funding than a might frontrunner should have. Disappointment after disappointment. Does the emperor have no clothes?

  • RightGuy

    Tim’s campaign is stuck in neutral. First they got called out delivering half the number of memberships they claimed, and then (after obviously missing the first elections filing) they come in with far less funding than a might frontrunner should have. Disappointment after disappointment. Does the emperor have no clothes?

  • Sarah

    I noticed that only 10 people donated all of that money as well, which is why I’m wondering if people are reading too much into these numbers.

  • Sarah

    I noticed that only 10 people donated all of that money as well, which is why I’m wondering if people are reading too much into these numbers.

  • Phil C

    Doesn’t bother me – as a conservative I believe donation limits are an infringement upon free speech, and if these people want to give money to her campaign to support the flat tax or otherwise, that’s fine by me.

    I hadn’t been following the race closely, but now that I see Hudak out of the frontrunner position I’m giving Elliott a second look and so far she’s been quite impressive.

    And as for the Path to Victory – I think whoever wins should adopt it. Clearly she knows how to plan, and in politics that is of the utmost importance. Your Hudak talking points aren’t fooling anyone here, just showing how desperate the campaign is.

  • Phil C

    Doesn’t bother me – as a conservative I believe donation limits are an infringement upon free speech, and if these people want to give money to her campaign to support the flat tax or otherwise, that’s fine by me.

    I hadn’t been following the race closely, but now that I see Hudak out of the frontrunner position I’m giving Elliott a second look and so far she’s been quite impressive.

    And as for the Path to Victory – I think whoever wins should adopt it. Clearly she knows how to plan, and in politics that is of the utmost importance. Your Hudak talking points aren’t fooling anyone here, just showing how desperate the campaign is.

  • MaryT

    Regardless of who the donatins are from or the size, that is a lot of money from people in a have not province. Guess the recession isn't as deep as they say.

  • Tony

    Interesting – Hudak is starting to look a little desperate – first, spinning 14k members when he really only sold 7k and then spinning $200k in donations when he really raised $153k. Has nobody told him that politics is all about managing expectations?

    All in all, I think it is good that we have a horse race. More media attention and a better chance that we will end up with the best leader. No coronations here, Tim!

  • Tony

    Interesting – Hudak is starting to look a little desperate – first, spinning 14k members when he really only sold 7k and then spinning $200k in donations when he really raised $153k. Has nobody told him that politics is all about managing expectations?

    All in all, I think it is good that we have a horse race. More media attention and a better chance that we will end up with the best leader. No coronations here, Tim!

  • http://www.thepolitic.com/ Sean Calder

    Mark Dawkins: “But, I guess when your husband is Finance Minister….”

    Just what are you saying Mark? I just want to be clear.

  • look again

    Mark you should take a closer look at the numbers posted above. When you take out the big donations, Elliott still has a small edge on Hudak in total raised, and in the number of donors. It looks to me like she matches Hudak's grassroots donations and then adds the big donors on top. Nothing wrong with that!

  • Jack Redpath

    I just got a call from someone who told me that memberships were due (in hard copy) at the party offices in downtown Toronto last night – Tuesday. Tim Hudak’s campaign did not not submit their memberships. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they don’t have the 14,000 they claimed, or perhaps the rules don’t apply to Hudak’s campaign when the party has fixed the process for him.

  • Jack Astor

    To Jack Redpath –

    “I just got a call from someone who told me that memberships were due (in hard copy) at the party offices in downtown Toronto last night – Tuesday. Tim Hudak’s campaign did not not submit their memberships. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they don’t have the 14,000 they claimed, or perhaps the rules don’t apply to Hudak’s campaign when the party has fixed the process for him.”

    That sure sounds a bit dodgy to me! I would like to find out more about that one! Please keep us posted! What happens to those memberships?

  • Jack Astor

    Looks to me like Klees really is a man of the people! It is probably a lot easier to go to the big money folk and grab a big check for whatever “in” they want to have with the new leader later on. Selling memberships to people for $10 is much harder and shows that his focus is right on! Not the corporations that he is be beholden to after he wins but the “current” and “new” members that support his ideas and appreciate his experience! I was on the fence but after seeing this and hearing everyone brag about all thier big money corporate donors you guys are losing me and a lot of other “current” members. No one had to urge me to buy a membership! By the way Stephen, I am still curious why you do not have Frank Klees listed on your topics where all the other candidates names are?????? I am becoming more and more curious????

  • Jack Astor

    Looks to me like Klees really is a man of the people! It is probably a lot easier to go to the big money folk and grab a big check for whatever “in” they want to have with the new leader later on. Selling memberships to people for $10 is much harder and shows that his focus is right on! Not the corporations that he is be beholden to after he wins but the “current” and “new” members that support his ideas and appreciate his experience! I was on the fence but after seeing this and hearing everyone brag about all thier big money corporate donors you guys are losing me and a lot of other “current” members. No one had to urge me to buy a membership! By the way Stephen, I am still curious why you do not have Frank Klees listed on your topics where all the other candidates names are?????? I am becoming more and more curious????

  • look again

    Sarah – and Nathalie – as I noted above you might want to do some math. If you take out Elliott's 10K+ people, she still raised the same amount as Hudak, from the same number of people, meaning they both have equal fundraising support from the broad base. Elliott just has more high end support which is also important.

    Actually if you take out Elliott's 10K+ AND Hudak's 10K+ then Elliott leads Hudak in number of donors and total donations.

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