Nationalists surpass £100,000 in donations within week of election fund launch

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Last Sunday (13th) Scottish entrepreneur Brian Souter publicly pledged to match small donations to the SNP’s election campaign fund pound-for-pound up to a maximum of £500, 000, and with a deadline of 30 March.

Within 6 days, claims the party, some 2,414 small donations have been received amounting to more than £100,000.

The appeal has no doubt been boosted by news of the IPSOS Mori opinion poll released this week that shows Labour’s lead of 10 percent in the same poll in November has been wiped out and First Minister Alex Salmond’s party are on course to win a second term at Holyrood.

With over 5 weeks still to run, and 20% of the campaign’s target of £500,000 in small donations already met, the party is confident that it is on course to meet the appeal’s objectives.

Commenting on the campaign Bruce Crawford, the SNP’s Business Convener, said: “Managing to break the £100,000 barrier in under one week is a tremendous boost to everyone wishing to protect our progress and the achievements of the SNP in Government such as freezing  the council tax, delivering 1,000 more police officers, driving forward Scotland’s renewable energy industry, making healthcare better, faster and cleaner, supporting a record 25,000 apprenticeships next year, and restoring free education. We want to continue to build on that progress and work towards a better Scotland, a Scotland we can all be proud of.”