Cornwall ON – I was having a beverage with Keith Beardsley a few months ago in Ottawa and shared with me the impact of getting party members to contribute. He talked essentially about the commitment a person makes when they actually toss some money into the pot.
If you truly want to know how a party is doing following the money always is a good indicator. For example in THIS REPORT it shows the Grits struggling currently with near Stephane Dion like support for the Michael Ignatieff led team; the Conservatives essentially still floating forward, but the Green Party of Canada making large gains donorship wise under Elizabeth May.
The party reported $1.6M in contributions from April to June of 2010, down from $3.9M in the same period in 2009.
I think people respond with their wallets and their votes in similar ways. Interesting perspectives. What do you think Canada? You can post your comments below.