Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) presidential campaign office announced on Saturday that it had received more than NT$40 million (US$1.38 million) in individual donations over a period of six weeks.
Tsai has received more than 6,000 donations since launching a fundraising event on July 15, office spokeswoman Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青) said.
From July 15 through July 19 alone, the office received more than 1,687 donations amounting to NT$7.58 million, Hsu said at Tsai’s first photo shoot with donors on Saturday.
Tsai said the campaign contributions to the DPP could be characterized as “small sums of money donated by individuals,” indicating that the DPP is a modern political party supported by the public.
The purpose of raising funds mainly from individual donors is to encourage rapport with the public and to gain understanding of public expectations and feelings, Tsai said.
“In comparison, our rival [the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)] has grown distant from the public because it has abundant resources, such as party assets and donations from corporations, and does not need to turn to the public for support,” Tsai said.
Four hundred supporters turned up at Saturday’s event and chanted the greeting “Hello President.”
Liu Ting-hui (劉庭輝), a supporter who volunteered in Tsai’s New Taipei City mayoral campaign in November last year, said his whole family came dressed in T-shirts printed with the word “Love” to have their pictures taken with Tsai.