Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Money Haul Suggests Fight for Second between Murray and Hall Findlay

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Money Haul Suggests Fight for Second between Murray and Hall Findlay

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Money gives glimpse of Grit leadership race

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OTTAWA - If money talks, then it's saying Justin Trudeau has a lock on the federal Liberal leadership while Joyce Murray and Martha Hall Findlay are fighting over who'll finish second.

The first of four weekly financial reports filed with Elections Canada offer a glimpse of the way the race is shaping up as it heads down the home stretch.

Trudeau is the only one of the six contenders left in the race whose report is not yet posted on the election watchdog's website.

But his team has told The Canadian Press it will show Trudeau has pulled in just over $1 million since launching his campaign last October, with an additional $300,000 still being processed by the party, through which donations must flow to be eligible for a tax receipt.

That's more than double what the other five contenders combined have raised.

The reports show former Toronto MP Hall Findlay has raised almost $179,000 while Vancouver MP Murray is close behind with $169,000.

However, Murray has shown the most momentum of the two since the end of last year, when a financial report filed by the party showed Hall Findlay had raised about $115,000 and Murray only $57,000.

Moreover, Murray has tapped into more donors -- 1,382 of them, to Hall Findlay's 1,023.

Murray's improved fundraising numbers reflect the burst of late momentum she's received from grassroots and online advocacy groups who support her strong stand on the environment and her proposal for one-time electoral co-operation among so-called progressive parties in 2015 to defeat the Harper Conservatives.

Murray's status as the candidate with the most momentum seemed to be cemented Saturday during the final leadership debate in Montreal. She was attacked by both Trudeau and Hall Findlay over her co-operation plan.

Her idea got a boost just prior to the debate when Green party Leader Elizabeth May announced her party will not field a candidate in the upcoming byelection in Labrador in a bid to help the Liberals regain the riding from Conservative Peter Penashue, who resigned from cabinet over numerous instances of illegal donations and over-spending were revealed from his winning 2011 campaign. …

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