BC Liberals outspend NDP in May provincial election

Nearly half of BC Liberal total came from corporations

THE BC Liberals spent $11.75 million this year on their way to a come-from-behind provincial election victory.

The governing party, which listed $8.5 million in donations, out-spent the NDP, which listed spending of $9.4 million and received $9.7 million.

The disclosures released by Elections BC Monday include amounts spent before the formal 60-day campaign period when specific limits apply.

The Liberals spent more in advance of the May 15 election.

Within the 60-day campaign itself, the Liberals spent nearly $4.3 million to the NDP’s $4.1 million.

Corporate contributors gave $5 million in donations to the Liberals, followed by individuals at $2.4 million, unincorporated businesses at $420,000 and $385,000 from other sources.

NDP got nearly $2.6 million from individuals, $2.5 million from trade unions and $2.1 million from corporations.

The Green Party of B.C., which won its historic first seat in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, did so on spending of just $180,000.

The Green Party spent more than the B.C. Conservative Party, which listed $155,000 in expenses.

The central party expenses don’t count the additional spending at the local level by individual candidates or constituency associations.

Organizations that filed expense reports as election advertising sponsors ranged from large groups like the B.C. Teachers Federation and the Mining Association of B.C. to tiny ones like Kamloops Moms for Clean Air and Denman Opposes Coal.

The bulk of sponsors were teachers unions, other labour organizations, or environmental groups.

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