Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Campaign funding, another case study

Here are the numbers from the UK. How do they and the financing methods compare to those in other countries?

Political donations: Conservatives received most in final quarter of 2014
The Conservatives received the most in donations in the final quarter of 2014, according to the Electoral Commission.

The party took home £8,345,687, compared to Labour's £7,163,988.

Ed Miliband's party remained heavily-backed by trade unions, and was also supported by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Donations to the Lib Dems totalled £3,038,500 - giving the party an annual record total - while UKIP reported £1,505,055 and the Greens £248,520…

BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins said donations were higher than normal because of the upcoming general election…

In addition to these donations, six parties accepted £3,834,816 from public funds during the final quarter of the year…

Unison [public service], Unite [industrial workers], and GMB [trade workers] unions were the top three biggest donors in the final quarter of 2014, giving more than £3.6m combined to the Labour Party…

Meanwhile, the biggest donor to the Conservatives was Michael D Gooley [founder of the UK's largest travel agency], who gave the party £500,000.

The Lib Dems reported a £400,000 donation from Max Batley, while UKIP received £394,254 from Rock Services Limited…

There have been £65.6m of donations for political parties in 2014.

The Conservatives received the most money in donations last year - £28.9m, compared to £18.7m for Labour, £8.2m for the Lib Dems, £3.8m for UKIP and £3.7m for the SNP.

Despite recent poor poll performances, the Lib Dems set a new party record, raising £1.5m more in 2014 than their previous annual record.

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