Tuesday, May 06, 2008

If You’ve Got $120 And 120 Hours To Spare…


Since I’ve been bitching about the Liberal Party’s fundraising problems for ever and ever, it’s only fair to help them publicize this latest initiative.

Meet “The Victory Fund” – a stab at trying to get those small time donors the CPC have so effectively recruited with their “give us 20$ because the CBC is eeeevil” direct mail campaigns.

Here’s the pitch:

Stéphane Dion and the Liberal Party need your help and that of all our members to defeat Stephen Harper and build a strong Liberal Party.

Your contribution of as little as $10 per month – the equivalent of just $2.50 per month after your year-end tax rebate (that’s the price of a coffee and muffin!) – will make this happen.

$2.50 for a coffee and muffin? Maybe the Liberals are catering to the Tim Hortons, rather than the Starbucks, crowd!

But what’s in it for me?” I’m sure you’re asking yourself.

Victory Fund supporters will be invited to participate in 120 hours (each year) of live online dialogues with senior members of the Liberal caucus and other key party figures. In addition, at the upcoming biennial convention, there will be a Victory Fund reception area, lounge and preferred seating.

Although the thought of someone wanting to chat on MSN with Garth Turner for 120 hours is a bit disturbing, I’m all about preferred seating so I’ll definitely be signing up, and I encourage other Liberals to as well.

As part of the plan, you need to pick a riding association to sponsor, and since I’ve been nomadic for the last few years, that poses a bit of dilemma. So here’s what I’ll do: e-mail me with the reason I should donate to their riding association - whoever sends in the best reason gets the donation for their riding: calgarygrit@gmail.com

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14 Comments:

  • How about $240 for only 60 hours?
    $480 for 30?

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 9:33 PM  

  • Nada!

    It's a step in the right direction. But, chatting is not empowerment.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:57 PM  

  • I liked this part of the e-mail:

    With an election on the horizon, our capacity to communicate our message is critical. New financing rules introduced by the Conservatives were designed to capitalize on the grassroots network they inherited from their Reform Party predecessors; due to this historical strength, Harper’s Conservative’s raised almost four times as much as the Liberal Party in 2007.

    Ah yes, that's the Liberal Party, voice of the common Canadian... whining about how they can't take huge donations from big business anymore.

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 12:17 AM  

  • Ah yes, that's the CONservative Party, changing the channel after spending the past month hiding and then whining that Elections Canada won't allow them to cheat both the electorate and Canadian taxpayers.

    By Blogger burlivespipe, at 3:08 AM  

  • I recommend donating to a riding that holds a Tory 'genius' as their MP - why not Whitby Oshawa to held defeat Flaherty, or Simcoe Grey so Helena Guergis can find a job more suitable to her skillset.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:25 AM  

  • Here's the kicker though, when does Stephane Dion plan on defeating the Tories? October 2009?

    Does anyone still think election timing is actually in Dion's control?

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 8:33 AM  

  • With an election on the horizon, our capacity to communicate our message is critical. New financing rules introduced by the Conservatives were designed to capitalize on the grassroots network they inherited from their Reform Party predecessors; due to this historical strength, Harper’s Conservative’s raised almost four times as much as the Liberal Party in 2007.

    Ah yes, that's the Liberal Party, voice of the common Canadian... whining about how they can't take huge donations from big business anymore.


    Or... reminding us all that the majority of "grassroots" Canadians refuse to support the Federal Liberal Party - and that things haven't changed in this area even with a new leader? Why should we donate our money when no one else will?

    Thats bad communications right there. They need some new staff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

  • dion like being the leader, just doesn't like making decisions.
    comes from being a professor.......

    who dresses this guy everyday?

    harper decided two yrs ago when the next election will be.

    By Blogger art, at 9:59 AM  

  • Donate to Central Nova. Apparently the lack of a candidate won't stop the Liberals from taking Central Novans' money.

    By Blogger Mike514, at 11:10 AM  

  • Hmm...

    So the hierarchy of clubs now goes:

    Laurier Club
    Victory Fund

    Since the Victory fund has its own lounge now, I can't wait to see the upgrades on the Laurier :-)

    By Blogger Ivan, at 11:45 AM  

  • I think I'll pick Central Nova as my riding to support. :D

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 2:39 PM  

  • Ok I'm kidding about Central Nova... the Victory Fund sounds like a pretty good idea. Maybe people should support a nearby riding that the Liberals lost by a slim margin in 2006.

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 2:40 PM  

  • It's actually a really good idea. I'd say that the Liberals should be looking very closely at the Obama campaign for inspiration, and making it easier to say "aw, heck, I'll toss you a few bucks, that was a good speech", but this is a great way to ensure steady funding, and steady funding is a godsend in the non-profit world.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 7:34 PM  

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