Manitoba’s political parties have been busy preparing their 2010 financial statements, as required by Elections Manitoba.
So far, the NDP, the Liberal Party and the Greens have filed by the March 31 deadline, while the Progressive Conservative and the Communist parties have received extensions until April 15.
The statements give valuable insight into the financial health of the political parties, providing donations totals and listing everyone who contributes $250 or more.
If you look at reports going back four years to 2007, it is clear that the NDP and the PCs will have sizable war chests for the coming campaigns, while the Liberals and especially the Greens will be on an unequal financial footing with the two main parties.
Below are total donations for the past four years to the three political parties with seats in the Manitoba legislature. Note, the 2010 PC figure — a whopping $1.75 million — is a party estimate. The audited number should be available on the Elections Manitoba website, with the others, by next Friday.
2007 contributions: $1,306,763.61
2008 contributions: $722,501.79
2009 contributions: $927,871.84
2010 contributions: $1,012,746.70
2007 contributions: $949,403.00
2008 contributions: $834,710.00
2009 contributions: $999,581.00
2010 contributions: $1.75 million.*
2007 contributions: $221,507.98
2008 contributions: $136,545.73
2009 contributions: $157,510.00
2010 contributions: $152,632.53
In 2010, the Green party received financial contributions totalling $6,956.96. The party lists two donors who contributed $250 or more.
For the full party reports and donors lists go here and scroll to the bottom of the page where it asks you to pick a year.