An interesting article from Pundits guide. It confirms the Tory fundraising juggernaut, but points out it takes money to make money. The grits continue to do badly inspite of ( because of?) the iffy tours. We should be getting Q4 numbers fairly soon , so we will see how things turned out in 2010.
Of note, while the Liberals were obviously well behind where they had been the year before ($4.41M by the end of Q3-2010 vs. $7.56M by the end of Q3-2009) — which was partly to be expected because of the 2009 convention, but partly a surprise to me because of the Liberal Express bus tour and gun registry in summer 2010 — the one thing they have been doing better at is increasing the proportion raised from small donors, compared with the same time last year (92.0% by the end of Q3-2010 as compared with 85.7% at the same point in 2009), and posting an increase in the number of small donors as well. The total contributed in the $200 and under category is still down year over year, however. The non-Convention quarters of over $200 contributions were down as well.
At this stage, the Liberals would have to post fourth quarter contributions of something like $5.15M to match last year's totals as reported on the four quarterly returns. $1.49M would at least get them to where they were at the end of 2008.