VICTORIA B.C. – The B.C. Green Party raised $763,667 in 2016, a 93% increase over its 2015 revenue. While the party has raised an average of 48% more year-over-year since the election of leader Andrew Weaver in 2013, the party raised more than its entire 2015 revenue in just the last three months of 2016 since it banned corporate and union donations.
“When the B.C. Green Party banned corporate and union donations in September, we knew it was a risk, but we did it because it was the right thing to do,” Weaver said. “We put our trust in the people of B.C., and the people of B.C. responded in droves. Not a single donation accepted by the party from September 28 on was from a corporation or union. While the BC Liberals and BC NDP raise their campaign money from cash-for-access events and special interests, the B.C. Green Party is proving that politics for the people can set a positive new course for British Columbia.”
“The party set historic new records in 2016, putting us on a path for major breakthroughs in the May election,” said Sonia Furstenau, B.C. Green Party deputy leader and candidate for Cowichan Valley. “4,034 donors contributed to the party in 2016, an increase of 1,588 more donors over 2015. Of the 2016 donors, 75% contributed after September 28, when our campaign banned corporate donations. British Columbians are rallying around a party that puts its principles first, rather than seeking power at any cost.”
All figures for 2016 are unaudited.
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