Tipperary Election candidate Gearóid Fitzgibbon has topped the poll of Irish election candidates using crowdfunding to pay for their campaign.
An Irish Times article published on Monday February 8th, listed the Irish election candidates who had used the internet to raise election funds.
According to Fitzgibbon, he was surprised that, at the date the list was compiled (Feb 3rd), he was the second highest funded campaign at €2230. Paul Murphy of the AAA was highest with €2438, with the former Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power at €2200.
“I have been very lucky to gain the contributions of friends, family and green supporters. 45 people have donated an average of €50 each over the last month. Unlike Murphy and Power, I don’t currently earn a TD/Senator’s wage & expenses of €200k/year. Also unlike Murphy, my campaign is not funded by the taxpayer – as the greens are currently not represented in the Dáil. I have set a modest budget of €3600 to run the campaign – a target which I am still hoping to reach. This is still just 10% of the maximum allowable budget for a General Election Campaign. Anyone wishing to contribute can just go on www.gofundme.com/greeningtipp “