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Campaigns can be costly
One would hate to think that a successful election campaign comes down to how much the candidate spends.
However, both Shirley Bond and Mike Morris outspent their rivals in the May election and were victorious. They would, undoubtedly, say it was because they had the better message. But getting the message out is also critical and, truth be told, Bond and Morris didn’t vastly outspend their NDP rivals.
So how much did they spend?
Incumbent Liberal incumbent Shirley Bond in the Prince George-Valemount riding spent $111,372 on her campaign (what’s interesting to note is that she raised $168,786 leaving $57,414 in her war chest).
She only had a handful of contributors giving more than $250 and, not surprisingly, they were all from corporations. Central Display gave $2,667, Carrier Lumber donated $438, Dunkley Lumber donated $375, Treasure Cove Casino donated $591 (it should be noted that John Major of the Treasure Cove is one of the largest donators to the Liberal Party provincially), IDL Projects donated $1,004, and Westcana Electric gave $1,437.
Her main rival, New Democrat Sherry Ogasawara, spent $94,055 on her campaign. Her main contributors, once again not surprisingly, were: Hospital Employees’ Union at $4,293, North Central Labour Association at $6,087, and the United Steelworkers at $937.
Conservative Nathan Giede spent $7,644 on his campaign and his largest contributor of Dr. J.A. Giede Inc. with donations totaling $7,000. Independent Don Roberts has yet to file election expenses.
In the Prince George-Mackenzie riding, Liberal Mike Morris dropped $120,509 on his campaign. His largest campaign contributors are almost a carbon copy of Bond’s with $2,667 from Central Display Ltd., $1,437 from Westcana Electric, $375 from Dunkley Lumber, $438 from Carrier Forest Products, and $591.08 from Treasure Cove Casino.
New Democrat Bobby Deepak spent $100,678 on his campaign. His largest campaign contributors were the Hospital Employees’ Union with $6,480, the United Steelworkers with $1,726 and the Canadian Office and Professional Employees with $908.
Conservative Terry Rysz spent $18,392 on his campaign. He did not list any single contributor giving him more than $250.
Green Party candidate Karen McDowell spent $3,464 on her campaign and listed Ellen Loughery as donating $500.
In Nechako Lakes, John Rustand spent $72,983 on his campaign. He did not list any contributors giving more than $250.
In Cariboo North, Liberal Coralee Oakes spent $80,143 on her campaign with a long list of corporate donations. They include: West Fraser Mills $3,165, Taseko Mines $5,000, Blackwater Timber $2,500, Pinnacle Renewal Energy $2,000, Quesnel Seniors Housing $,1500, Tolko Industries $1,200, The Ranch $1,000, David Gook Insurance Agencies $1,000, 228100 BC Ltd. $700, Billy Barker Casino $500, C-2000 Construction $500, Ingram Well and Pump Service $500, Fraser River Chevrolet $500, Cariboo Ford $500, Quesnel Toyota $500, 0932007 B.C. Ltd $300, Tony Zipp $1,000, Phillip Warden $500, Lorna Townsend $300, Peter Rippon $300, Ernie Thony $300, and Graham Smith $300.
It definitely costs a few dollars to run a successful election campaign. If you’re thinking about running, start hitting up your contributors now.