New figures released by the Queensland Electoral Commission show the state’s Liberal National Party received $12.6 million from supporters in six months.
Queensland’s Liberal National Party has been raking in $70,000 a day on average from political supporters.
It took home $12.6 million in the second half of 2013, Electoral Commission of Queensland figures show.
One of the bigger spenders was electricity retailer ERM Power which gave more than $42,500 in five separate sponsorship payments, donations and fundraising.
Iwasaki Sangyo, which unsuccessfully tried to bid for a casino licence, also made a one-off $50,000 donation in August.
The fundraising powers of the LNP far surpassed Labor, which took in $4.4m over the same six months, with unions spending heavily.
Associated entity Labor Holdings reaped another $3.4m.
Katter’s Australian Party, which has three sitting MPs, generated $485,345.
The Greens got $1m worth of donations, and Palmer United Party listed no donations with the ECQ.
The donations have been published amid claims the LNP has been engaging in questionable fundraising methods.
The LNP hopes to raise $500,000 though its own registered Art Union lottery, with a BMW as first prize.
Premier Campbell Newman on Monday downplayed concerns that developers or companies could bypass disclosure laws for political donations by buying the tickets.
“I’d simply be concerned if people don’t buy tickets,” Mr Newman said.
“So please buy tickets.”
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was yet another unsavoury LNP tactic.
“This comes on top of its secret regional round table dinners, plans to lift the donation cap to loosen accountability measures Labor put in place, and the use of taxpayer-funded resources for LNP fundraising events,” she said in a statement.
LNP president Bruce McIver said each ticket would have a name and number, and proper records would be kept.
“We’re very much working within the rules,” he told Fairfax Radio.
“We’re trying to broaden out our fundraising, to not just support a political party, but to get something out of it.”
He conceded there was nothing to stop a large developer from buying up large numbers of tickets and giving them away, or on-selling them to their employees.
“I don’t know where you draw the line with that sort of thing. Anyone can buy a ticket and give it away, that’s a prerogative,” he said.
Asked if such a raffle might be a bad look for the party, given recent revelations of Liberal Party slush funds in NSW, he said the Newman government was setting new standards for accountability.
But the LNP government is also due to shake up donation laws, raising the threshold of donation declarations from $1000 to $12,400.