Alberta Politics

Spreadsheet: Tracking Alberta political party fundraising from 2004 to 2012.

Following yesterday’s release of political donations disclosure reports submitted to Elections Alberta, I thought it would be interesting to look at the recent history of political donations in Alberta. The disclosure reports are available for public consumption in difficult to search pdf files on the Elections Alberta website.

The spreadsheet below includes reported donations to Alberta’s political parties from the 2004, 2008, and 2012 provincial elections and annual disclosures from 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Alberta Political Party Donations 2004-2012

9 replies on “Spreadsheet: Tracking Alberta political party fundraising from 2004 to 2012.”

Why was the Alberta Alliance’s 2004 Election financial report not included under the Wildrose Party’s numbers?

Cause Dave made the spreadsheet on his own time and he can organize it however he wants.

Also shut up.

Uhm, okay.

Just seemed an unlikely omission considering how thoroughly Dave researched this; but mostly because the Wildrose and Alberta Alliance parties share the same registration with Elections Alberta.

@Arcy, @Get your own blog, Thanks for the comments. I omitted the 2004 listing because I wanted to keep the spreadsheet clean (not having to include a section about name/party changes). I’ll have to look into it, but didn’t the Link Byfield crew create the Wildrose Party as a rogue splinter party from the Alberta Alliance – and then merger again into the Alberta Alliance to create the Wildrose Alliance in 2008? I’m not opposed to adding the 2004 numbers, I just want to be confident it was the same registration.



Dave – yeah, you’ve got the basic facts right. Link Byfield was chief among those folks who created the Wildrose Party, starting with a meeting in Red Deer in June of 2007. Many of the main people involved at that meeting were also former Alberta Alliance members.

But the effort to create the Wildrose Party failed to gather enough signatures to be registered as a political party with Elections Alberta. The Wildrose group then returned to the Alberta Alliance, in early 2008.

When the original Wildrose Party was wound up, the assets of the Wildrose Political Party Association were transferred to the Alberta Alliance. The Alberta Alliance then changed its name to the Wildrose Alliance. The notes attached to the auditor’s report, included in the Wildrose Alliance’s original 2008 Annual financial disclosure (at ), reflects this.

Dave, new topic: Are Albertans being short changed and stiffed?

Please research, report and write:

AB: 55% of windfall industry profits
Angola: 78%
Russia: 69%

AB families unnecessarily suffering austerity in a hot economy

Source: researched by AFL, reported in Calgarysun

I don’t see how it’s complicated.

There is a straight line between the Alberta Alliance, founded and led by Randy Thornsteinson in 2003; through Paul Hinman’s tenure as leader from 2005 until after the party re-branded as the Wildrose Alliance in 2008; and now under Danielle Smith’s leadership since 2009.

There’s only ever been one party registered with Elections Alberta. Even the colours have remained much the same! And through those changes, it’s always seems to have retained many of the same supporters and activists.

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