Liberals use big budget for big win
Aug 21, 2013 / 3:15 pm
The campaign numbers have been released from the 2013 provincial general election and the BC Liberals clearly outspent the opposition en route to winning the three Kelowna based ridings.
At the top of the spending hill was Steve Thomson, who blew through $76,268. He handily won the Kelowna-Mission riding over NDP candidate Tish Lakes who spent only $24,500.
Norm Letnick was the next biggest spender, as he used $72,411 on way to receiving over twice as many votes as Mike Nuyens of the NDP, who spent $51,553 on his campaign.
Finally, Ben Stewart spent $67,424 -- less than twice as much money as Carole Gordon of the NDP, who spent $38,341.
Across the province, the numbers tell the same story as the Liberals spent $11.75M in order to regain a majority government while the NDP spent only $9.4M.
However when contributions are taken into account, the NDP actually raised more money during the election campaign: $9.7M to only $8.55M for the Liberals.
Both the Liberals and the NDP were in their own class, outspending the other major parties by a significant margin -- the Green Party only used $180,245 and the Conservatives rounded out the top four with $154,837 spent.
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