Conservatives raise more cash than the Liberals, despite leadership contest

Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose speaks about her private members bill in the Foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, May 2, 2017 

OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives showed off their fundraising prowess during the first three months of the year, raking in almost twice as much as the governing Liberals despite being in the midst of a leadership contest that could be siphoning off potential donations to the party.

When the leadership contestants’ money haul is added in, the Conservatives raised more than three times the Liberal take.

According to financial returns filed with Elections Canada for the first quarter of 2017, the Conservative party pulled in $5.3 million from almost 42,500 donors, compared to just $2.8 million from 31,812 donors who gave to the Liberals.

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