The headlines today are quite amusing:
Liberal fundraising slides to ‘scary’ numbers, says party official - MSN.ca
'Scary' Fundraising Numbers Show Stall In Trudeau's Momentum - HuffPo
Liberal fundraising momentum stalls - Toronto Insider
These are just small outfits too, I can't wait until the big three editorials - Globe, NatPost, and the Star - pick this up, not to mention the Sun newtork. The headlines then will be hilarious I'm sure.
Now, I know the above articles say that it was the party's top fundraising official - in this case, Christina Topp - was the one being quoted as this being "scary." I received that e-mail to, and I know the purpose behind it is to put the fear into our quaking Liberal boots that we're going to lose all of the momentum we gained since Trudeau became leader.
I personally find this sort of tactic to be pretty silly and not at all effective, as it drives the narrative away from the Liberals - but hey, that's why I write a small blog and not work in the hallowed halls of the third party's headquarters. Clearly the decisions made there are superior, blah blah.
My only answer to this is the below chart, farmed from data organized by Pundit's Guide:
Since 2008, our numbers have steadily improved, helped by various pushes for elections. Our $2.8-million this quarter (2014 Q2) is not the best second quarter we've ever had, but that's because of exigent circumstances - 2009 Q2 featured our election-that-never-was push by Ignatieff, and 2011 Q2 was the May 2011 federal election. 2013's Q2, marginally better than our current quarter, was the leadership race.
In other words, $2.8-million raised without a big event and just after an amazing push by the party to earn millions... yeah I'm not concerned the sky is falling around us, guys. Maybe we should note this great success rather than trying to scare everyone next time.