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The State Liberal Party has received more than half of all political donations and gifts in the financial year leading up to the March 9 election.

The Electoral Commission says the Liberals received almost $3.9 million compared with the Australian Labor Party's total of $1.85 million and the Greens' $355,000.

But the National Party was the biggest improver, doubling donations and income in 2011-2012 to $1.33 million from its usual average of $600,000.

Despite having no members in parliament, the Australian Christians have also bolstered their financial support, from an average of about $200,000 a year to $281,000 this year.

The Liberal Party received the largest single gift of $250,000 from Furama Pty Ltd.

The ALP scored its two biggest contributions from union groups United Voice and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association which totalled $215,000.

WA Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said overall party income was down from the previous financial year when $11.2 million was received, compared with the $7.6 million revealed in the latest figures.

Last year, the top 10 donations were each over $100,000, he said in a statement yesterday.

"It is cyclical. At both State and Federal levels, last financial year was between elections," Mr Gately said.

"But with potentially big donations in the lead-up to the March state poll I would expect receipts to jump significantly in the current year."

The West Australian

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