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Politics Liberals tout fundraising haul as best ‘possibly ever’

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau raises provincial Liberal by-election candidate Sandra Yeung Racco's arm at her campaign office after speaking to supporters in Thornhill, Ont., on Jan. 16, 2014.

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The Liberals are touting their fundraising numbers in the last quarter of 2013 as among their best ever totals.

In an e-mail to supporters and the media, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said that the party raised $2.9-million in December, bringing the total to $4.3-million for the last quarter of the year. On Dec. 31 alone, as the party made a last-minute fundraising push, the Liberals raised $614,000.

"That means there's a good chance we outraised the Conservatives in December on dollars alone," Christina Topp, the senior director of fundraising for the Liberal Party, said in the e-mail. "It looks like we may just have had our best day, our best month, and our best quarter of the year, and possibly ever," Ms. Topp said.

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The Conservative Party has yet to release its final numbers for December, when the party aimed to raise $2-million.

"I can say with certainty that we met our goal of $2-million in December," Conservative party spokesman Cory Hann said in an e-mail earlier this month, though he did not provide a final total.

The NDP raised $800,000 in December of 2013, according to NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

The Liberals are pointing out that their numbers compare favourably to the past, pointing out that under the leadership of Michael Ignatieff, in the entire election year of 2011, the party had 49,650 donors.

"Now, in just the last three months of 2013, we had nearly that many Canadians – over 43,000 – generously chip in to our movement," campaign co-chair Katie Telford said in the e-mail.

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