Senator seeks donations as campaign costs set to hit €1m
DAVID Norris's presidential bid as an Independent is expected to cost between €600,000 and €1m, his campaign staff said yesterday.
They are hoping most of this can be raised through fundraising events and small contributions, and Mr Norris said he has almost entirely funded the campaign to date from his own pocket.
However, this has only amounted to a few thousand euro, since yesterday's launch was the first major event.
The Trinity senator will contribute some more of his own cash, but did not say exactly how much.
"I am an Independent; I do not have the resources of the parties," he said. "I believe I have the support of a significant section of Irish people and I'm sure that money will come in."
Mr Norris also said he has a "professional, almost entirely voluntary team" in place to run his campaign.
This is made up of an inner circle of around 10 people looking after areas like communications, fundraising and securing a nomination. He also has a director of elections.
Jane Cregan, the communications director, yesterday said the core staff had 100 people actively working on the campaign and a further 200 who could be called on immediately.
She said they hoped to build this up significantly and claimed there was an increase in interest after yesterday's official launch.
Mr Norris is canvassing Independent members of the Oireachtas for support, and also wrote to the cathaoirleach of each local authority yesterday.
He is hoping they bring up the possibility of supporting him at their council meetings. In order to get his name on the ballot paper, Mr Norris needs the support of 20 Oireachtas members or four councils. He also said he would welcome support from all quarters and any political party.