Those Lib Dem donation figures in full

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2008

The Electoral Commission this week published the latest donation and borrowing figures for the political parties this week – LDV’s own Mark Pack has already blogged about the innumerate ways in which these were interpreted both by the Commission’s own press release, and then by the news media.

The Commission’s website does allow us, though, to gain a picture of the Lib Dems’ fundraising efforts over the years. Below, for a bit of fun, is the full breakdown of cash and non-cash donations received by quarter since 2005, and annually between 2001 and 2004.

What the figures suggest is that the party’s efforts have stepped up a level during this time. Rather astonishingly, in 2001 – the year of a general election – the party raised less than half the total it achieved in 2006, our annus horribilis.

But, since 2004 – and most notably in 2005, with that Michael Brown donation – the party’s annual donations have never dipped below £2m. 2008 looks like continuing that relatively impressive track record.

I say relatively because the equivalent 2008 figures for the Tories to date total £9.85m, with £6.80m for the Labour party. Looked at like that – and given the old-school media’s two-party bias – it is actually pretty extraordinary how well above its weight the party manages to punch.

2008, Q1 = £462,340
2008, Q2 = £691,572
2008 (to date) = £1,153,912

2007, Q1 = £694,835
2007, Q2 = £748,143
2007, Q3 = £731,464
2007, Q4 = £954,349
2007 = £3,128,791

2006, Q1 = £256,604
2006, Q2 = £264,092
2006, Q3 = £626,667
2006, Q4 = £1,706,500
2006 = £2,853,863

2005, Q1 = £3,723,671
2005, Q2 = £798,881
2005, Q3 = £214,622
2005, Q4 = £366,323
2005 = £5,103,497

2004 = £2,529,377

2003 = £1,444,682

2002 = £682,216

2001 = £1,140,265