Sunday, December 20, 2009

#kerryout Campaign Proves Value of Internet Fundraising

Whatever your views on the rights and wrongs of the #kerryout campaign, the fact that Adeela Shafi, Conservative candidate in Bristol East, has raised more than £1,000 in three days on her page demonstrates that it is possible to raise money for campaigns through small donations made on the internet. I suspect most of the donations were in the £5-£20 bracket. If you make it easy to donate, people will do so, if you give them a reason to.

One other aspect of this is that it has shown the LibDems to be as unfamiliar with the truth as ever. They have tried to make out that if you want to beat Labour in Bristol East you should be supporting the LibDems as they came second in 2005. So far so true. What the LibDems don't tell you is that after boundary changes, they came a distant third on the notional result, according to Rallings & Thrasher and UK Polling Report. Same old LibDems, lying here.

If you haven't yet donated to Adeela's campaign, but would like to, click HERE.


Nich Starling said...

I think the Tories made the same claim in Edinburgh South last time Iain. Double standards ?

Tom said...

I'll bet the Lib Dems' candidate is crap too. They usually are.

Hythlodaeus said...

I don't mean to be too cynical (after all, I've been saying that the 2010 election will rely on the net for months) but surely the Obama and McCain campaigns in America proved the value of the net in fund raising far more then this. I believe several million more in fact ;) It will be interesting to see how the UK parties use those same measures given the vastly different campaign structures.

Where's your next target?

Mark Senior said...

The LibDem candidate is a Bristol councillor , director of a company , former RAF Squadron Leader and has a wealth of experience of life in many fields .
The Conservative candidate has experience of errmm university lecturing .
The 8 council wards now making up Bristol East are
Brislington East won by Conservatives in 2006 Labour in 2007 ( Conservatives going backwards there )
Brislington West won by LibDems in both 2006 and 2007
Eastville won by Libdems in 2007 and 2009
Frome Vale won by Conservatives in 2007 and 2009 ( lower Conservative majority in 2009 )
Hillfields won by Labour in 2007 ( LibDems 3rd ) won by Libdems in 2009 .
St Georges East won by labour in 2007 won by Conservatives in 2009
St Georges West won by Labour in 2007 ( Conservatives 2nd 41 votes behind ) won by LibDems in 2008 byelection won by Labour in 2009 LibDems 2nd 91 votes behind
Stockwood won by Conservatives in 2006 and 2007
2 Conservative wards 2 Libdem wards 2 split Con/Lab 2 split Lab/LibDem

Carl Eve said...

Talking of fundraising:

ah, lovely. Any thoughts Iain?