Today, the provincial New Democrats put out a news release touting the fact "financial reports released by Elections BC show the New Democrats are the 'people's choice' when it comes to making political donations." The reason: because "of the $2.5 million dollars raised by the party in the first ten months of 2004, more than $2.0 million dollars came from individuals." But what the release fails to mention is that union donations, on a percentage basis, are up significantly compared with their last annual report. In 2003, just 4.3 percent of the party's contributions came from the labour movement. But, now that we're getting closer to an election, that number has jumped to 14.4 percent in the first ten months of 2004.
January 28, 2005