One of the biggest questions I get asked, apart from ‘Where will you direct your preferences?’ (hint nowhere) is ‘Where do your donations come from?’.
I understand why this question is asked. Most of us know big business floats the major parties, but most of the time we don’t know which big business, what they get out of it, and how this impacts us. This is part of the reason why I’m fighting for strong federal integrity measures.
For example, here are some of the big businesses that donated a collective $168 million to the major parties in 2019/2020 (not even an election year!). The United Australia Party (UAP) spent $83 million dollars at the last election. Guess who’s the leader of that party? Craig Kelly, our Federal MP. Big yikes.
So far, the Georgia Steele, Independent for Hughes campaign has raised $200,000 (as per December 31, our last financial report).
Our electorate has over 100,000 residents. Some are politically engaged, some are first-time voters, some are understandably jaded about the whole political landscape. The reality is, every single citizen over the age of 18 must vote. We want to make sure when they get to the ballot box, they are making an informed decision (and voting 1 Georgia Steele).
So how do we get there, and where does the money go?
Right now, we’re asking 1000 people to donate $50. The great news is, we’ve already had a stack of generous locals jump on board (thank you!). You can donate $50 on the Georgia Steele Campaign Registry. We’re aiming for $50,000 by Valentine’s Day!