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Conservative leadership candidates could have tougher time raising big bucks in 2017 run, say political insiders

By Abbas Rana      

With the announcement of its leadership contest date, the Conservative Party almost doubles its membership fee.

Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai, former Conservative MP John Reynolds and former deputy chief of staff Keith Beardsley say that fundraising ability indicates how much support a candidate has at the grassroots level, amongst senior campaign organizers and parliamentarians. As of last week, about 11 potential candidates were considering to seek the Conservative Party leadership.
By Jake Wright, The Hill Times

Federal Conservative leadership candidates, who are already testing the waters, could have a tougher time raising the hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaigns, three months after the federal election and under strict political financing laws not yet tested by their own party, say political insiders and observers. “It’s going to make a big difference. You are not running to be prime minister. You may move into a nice house [Stornoway], probably a better one than the 24

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