Could they be pushing a million in legal fees over the past year for all of this litigation? It's possible that they are indeed in that ballpark. All this litigation is a pretty expensive undertaking.And today Bev Vongdouangchanh raises the cost structure of this type of fundrasing:
"One of the more fascinating things about that, it seems to me, is they've adopted the American model of the permanent campaign so that whereas historically, Canadianparties would go dormant between elections, now you have an understanding at least on the part of the Conservatives that you can't afford to do that," said University of Windsor political science professor Heather MacIvor, an expert in political financing and longtime observer of the Conservative Party. "You have to be constantly preparing for the next election and that means constantly raising money, particularly since you are restricted by law now. You can't just tap the chartered banks for $10-million and call it a day, you've got to keep going back to people again and again. It's very labour intensive."
Prof. MacIvor said the Conservatives are good at turning what would be political disasters for the party into fundraising fortunes.The pitfall for the Conservatives is that as the economy worsens their ability to spin incompetence and failure into fundraising gold may suffer. If the party has commtments to ongoing expenditures this can quickly reverse their fortunes.