The UCP likely, perhaps narrowly, tops political party fundraising in the first quarter of 2022. We’ll have to take their word for it.

The United Conservative Party is probably, maybe leading the pack in political party fundraising for the first time since 2020. But we’ll just have to take their word for it.

The results of political party fundraising for the first fiscal quarter of 2022 were published todaybut because of UCP changes to political finance laws in 2021funds raised by riding associations are no longer included in the quarterly disclosures.

The PCU requests the totals (see below) do not include more than $375,000 raised by riding associations. That’s likely true, but we won’t know until Elections Alberta releases its next annual report in early 2023.

So instead of having the kind of transparency that showed Albertans what political parties AND riding associations actually raised in each quarter, we are now forced to compare apples and oranges.

The funny thing is, if the UCP hadn’t made the disclosure laws less transparent, they probably would have made positive headlines instead of having to spend an entire day saying “but wait ! ” tweets.

Unlike the UCP and most other parties, the Alberta NDP has long disclosed all of its fundraising centrally, so all NDP fundraising will still be reported quarterly.

Here are the political party fundraising results for the first quarter of 2022 released by Elections Alberta today:

NDP – $1,037,511.32
PCU – $887,974.49
Pro-Life Political Association – $67,564.93
Alberta Party – $29,006.45
Liberal – $19,667
Wildrose Independence – $14,205
Green Party – $1,920
Independence Day – $390
Alberta Advantage Party – $310

The Communist Party, Reform Party and Buffalo Party reported no funds raised in the first three months of 2022.

UCP’s fundraising has improved, but it’s nowhere near as dominant as it was at its pre-2020 peak, when Rachel NotleyThe NDP of the NDP has begun a nearly two-year streak of fundraising with the ruling Conservative Party.

It’s something quite positive Jason Kenny may indicate that UCP members vote to decide his fate in the leadership review (but he may need to explain why he has made political fundraising less transparent), but as we get to closer to the next election, it looks more like a competitive fundraising race between the NDP and UCP.

Meanwhile, the Elections Alberta 2021 annual report showed the NDP had $5,598,136.01 and the UCP with $1,141,647.39 in the bank at the end of last year.

I’m sure I might have some more thoughts to share on this as I go through the disclosure reports this week, so stay tuned!

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