Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has launched a ‘crowdfunding’ campaign to support his bid to be re-elected to the Scottish Parliament in May.
Mr Russell - who took more than half the vote at the last Holyrood poll in 2011 - says the money is needed to allow the SNP to compete with other parties’ outside sources of funding.
A website at crowdfunder.co.uk says the money raised from the appeal will be used to print and publish leaflets, to carrying direct mailings to sector groups and to the islands, and to “support constituency activists who have to travel long distances to speak to voters”.
Mr Russell said: “I am really looking forward to the next six weeks or so and I will be campaigning across the constituency and attending a lot of hustings and other events. I will be on Bute of course knocking doors and I hope there will be at least one hustings on the island.
“The SNP campaign in Argyll and Bute is always funded by its members and by donations, rather than by big business, landowners or other corporate bodies outside the area which is usually the case for the other parties.
“There have already been some great events such as the 3 Cowal Branches combined Burns Supper and the new crowdfunding website seeks to attract support to allow the costs of printing leaflets, distributing information and travel by campaign workers to be met which in this area can be very high given the distances involved and the scattered population.
“My re-election team is working very hard already and I know the Bute branch is gearing up and will open a campaign hub shortly.”