Impolitical and Dammit!Janet! had it first, but I think we're seeing, with Dean (dumb-fuck) Del Mastro's fund-raising scandal, a glimpse into the whole harpercon success in fund-raising from small donors:
This isn't to discount the grassroots organizing among the passionately stupid that has been a very real part of the right-wing's success in North America. But there just aren't that many yahoos in Canada to raise the kind of money the harpercons do.David Del Mastro, owner of Deltro Electric Ltd., denies any wrongdoing and says he fundraised on behalf of his cousin by asking employees and friends to contribute voluntarily. Four other people affiliated with the company and contacted by the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News also support this denial.But three donors to Del Mastro’s campaign or riding association, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say they were asked to make $1,000 donations and were reimbursed by Deltro for the full amount plus a $50 bonus.“It was put, ‘We need to find some people to make $1,000 donations,’” said one former Deltro employee.