EDMONTON, AB (February 17, 2012): 2011 fundraising figures and recent polling results clearly show that Wildrose is gaining steam leading up to a spring provincial election. At its sold-out Edmonton Leader's Dinner last night at Northlands in Edmonton, Wildrose leader Danielle Smith announced that Wildrose's 2011 fundraising figures have shattered the record for an opposition party in Alberta, set by Wildrose in 2010.
Total contributions increased by 50 percent from $1.4 million to $2.1 million, with total revenue increasing by more than $1 million from $1.8 million to $2.8 million. "I'm absolutely thrilled with the tremendous progress our party has made over the past year," said Smith. "We are in unprecedented territory for an opposition party in Alberta - the next election is clearly a two-horse race." The strong fundraising results followed on the heels of equally strong polling results released by Forum Research and published in the National Post earlier this week, showing Wildrose at 30 percent support province-wide and within striking distance of the PCs, who have dropped to 37 percent. "Constant flip-flops, missteps, and broken promises have eroded support for the PC government," said Smith. "Albertans can now see that the Redford government are still just the same old PCs, out of touch and only out for themselves." Wildrose has nearly completed candidate recruitment, has established a strong and experienced provincial campaign team, and will offer a credible alternative for every Albertan in the upcoming provincial election. Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.