Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bernier, Leitch Outpace Tory Leadership Field in 2016 Fundraising, Data Show

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bernier, Leitch Outpace Tory Leadership Field in 2016 Fundraising, Data Show

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Bernier ends 2016 on financial high note

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OTTAWA - When it comes to fundraising in the Conservative leadership race, there's Maxime Bernier and then there is everybody else.

The latest quarterly financial reports released today by Elections Canada show the Quebec MP raised more than $586,000 during the final three months of 2016, with Kellie Leitch, the next closest candidate, coming in at more than $355,000.

Saskatchewan MP Andrew Scheer was the only other candidate who broke the $300,000 mark -- he raked in $324,545 in the quarter.

The numbers from the election watchdog show that about two-fifths of Andrew Saxton's donations came from donors giving more than $1,000 each -- himself included.

Brad Trost, on the other hand, raised one-quarter of his funds from donations of $100 or less.

The candidates registered with Elections Canada raised a combined total of almost $2. …

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