KEY LIBERAL DONORS
Val and the late Marcel Thompson, founders of Frontier Toyota -- $2,600
James Richardson & Sons vice-president and general counsel Michael Guttormson -- $2,100
Canadian Museum for Human Rights champion Gail Asper -- $1,000
Total Donations: 195 (includes leadership contest donations)*
KEY TORY DONORS
The Borger family, owners of Borland Construction and Ladco developers -- $13,400
T.L Penner Construction president and operations manager Travis Penner and Greg Penner -- $8,000
Merit Contractors Association executive director Harvey Miller -- $5,025
Shelter Canadian Properties Owner Arni Thorsteinson -- $4,700
Dentist Robert Diamond -- $3,600
Total Donations: 2,486
KEY NDP DONORS
Among the NDP's top donors, it's difficult to find people who aren't MLAs, senior government employees or party stalwarts.
The Borger family, owners of Borland Construction and Ladco developers -- $24,800
The El Tassi family, owners of Peerless Garment -- $11,050
Architect Dudley Thompson -- $4,250
Canad Inns president Leo Ledohowsi -- $3340
Total donations: 1,882
THE BIG GIVE
Party donations over $1,000 in the last two years
PC: 616 donations
NDP: 406 donations
THE SMALL GIVE
Tally of all donations under $250 in the last two years
The $3,000 CLUB
($3,000 is the maximum annual individual donation allowed)
Winnipeg lawyer and businessman David Asper -- PC, 2013
Borland Construction president Henry Borger -- NDP, 2012
Wife Anita Borger -- NDP, 2012 and 2013
United Food and Commercial Workers union staffer Blake Crothers -- NDP, 2013
Samira El Tassi, whose family owns Peerless Garment -- NDP, 2012
Premier Greg Selinger's chief of staff Liam Martin -- NDP, 2013
Green party candidate John Redekopp -- Green, 2013
Premier Greg Selinger -- NDP, 2012 and 2013
Winnipeg developer Sandy Shindleman -- NDP, 2013
Winnipeg developer Arni Thorsteinson -- PC donor to Brian Pallister's leadership campaign in 2012
Viewpoints pollster and senior NDP strategist Leslie Turnbull -- NDP, 2013
Winnipeg MLA Melanie Wight -- NDP, 2012 and 2013
-- Source: Elections Manitoba party finance filings, 2012-2013
* Liberal figures include data only from 2012. The party has yet to file its list of donors for 2013.
RIDINGS READY TO NOMINATE
We're still two years out from the next provincial election but already three Progressive Conservative riding associations have met the fundraising and volunteer recruitment criteria set out by the party and are ready to hold nomination meetings. They're slated for early June. Here's the rundown.
Real estate agent Regan Archambault plans to seek the nomination in Rossmere, a riding the NDP won easily in 2011 by 2,000 votes. But it was also held by former federal and provincial cabinet minister Vic Toews when he was a cabinet minister in Gary Filmon's Tory government in the late 1990s.
Though Pallister says he wants to see contested nominations in all non-held ridings, so far Rossmere appears to be a one-horse race.
Rochelle Squires, a former journalist who now works for St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover, will seek the nomination again. Squires lost to Riel MLA Christine Melnick in 2011. Melnick's recent ouster from the NDP caucus could make Riel a fascinating riding in 2016. Melnick is still a member of the party, and could seek the NDP nomination again. It's not yet clear what the party will do if she does.
Squires is not likely to be acclaimed as the PC candidate. Nancy Cooke, who ran for school board trustee in 2011, is expected to seek the party's nomination as well.
Winnipeg Beach resident Jeff Wharton says he's making a bid to be the PC candidate again. He's the former owner of Globe Moving and Storage, and still consults for the company he sold in 2010. Gimli is in the top-ten closest NDP-held ridings. Housing Minister Peter Bjornson won the riding by 800 votes last election.