The recent $500 a plate fundraiser for the provincial PC party got me wondering about who contributes money to the provincial political parties. Here is what I got from Elections NL.
Two things jump out right away: most donations go to the governing party and most donations come from businesses. The following chart presents total income of the provincial political parties over the last 8 even years (only `96 was an election year).
Where is the money coming from? In 2010, over 80% was from corporate donations. I've classified corporate donors giving more than $2000 according to industry and listed them below in rounded figures. The first column is donations to the PC party and the second is donations the Liberal party (there are none to the NDP). The discrepancy is hard to miss.
Construction and Contracting:
Total $107K $1K
|PHB Group Inc.||13000|
|Gibbon Snow Architects Inc||11000|
|Sheppard Case Architects Inc.||10000|
|Hearn Fougere Architects Inc||8200|
|Frank Stanley & Associates, Architect||6450|
|John Hearn Architect Inc||5000|
|Ron Fougerie Associates Ltd||5000|
|Hampton Architects Inc||4000||100|
Total $63K $0.1K
Total $47K $1K
Total $26K $10K
Total $30K $1.5K
Total $19K $5K
|Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Inc||2000|