NDP leadership race spending released

Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan came in third in the NDP leadership vote, but came in second when it came to spending and fundraising on his leadership bid.

Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan came in third in the NDP leadership vote, but came in second when it came to spending and fundraising on his leadership bid.

Elections BC released the NDP leadership finance reports Wednesday, which detail candidate donations and expenses over the four month campaign to woo registered NDP members.

Horgan, the NDP house leader, spent $135,895 and brought in $119,443. The bulk of his spending — similar to all candidates — was on advertising, consultants and fees to the B.C. NDP party.

Donors contributed $119,443 to Horgan’s campaign, including almost $77,000 from individuals. Trade unions ($23,950) and corporations ($15,500) came a distant second and third.

High-profile Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix, who won the leadership, outspent his friendly rivals by a wide margin.

Dix spent $204,000 on his campaign. He raised $197,600, with individuals donating $132,639. Unions and corporations supported Dix almost equally, with cumulative donations of $33,000 and $31,300 respectively.

Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth came second in the leadership race, and spent about $112,500 and had $107,350 in donations.

Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons brought in $22,587. Harry Lali brought in about $9,830.

See contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca for financial reports and donations for all political candidates and parties in B.C.

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