A Crowdfunder campaign has been launched by the Green Party as it attempts to fund a candidate in as many seats as possible ahead of the general election.
The party had previously committed to standing in 75% of constituencies in England and Wales and it is already close to achieving that goal.
The Greens are now putting the decision to the public and its supporters as to whether it should field a candidate in more seats.
Political parties need to pay a £500 deposit to field each candidate in a general election. This has always been a big stumbling block for smaller parties in the past.
Right now, 25% of seats do not have a Green Party candidate standing in them. But the party has launched the public appeal to raise the £72,500 needed to stand in as many of those remaining seats as possible.
Opinion polls show that the party is enjoying its highest levels of approval ahead of a general election for decades.
Leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, said: “Crowdfunder is a novel and pioneering way of political party funding. Rather than relying on corporate interest or big business the Greens are handing over the decision to the voters and asking them whether they will back us to stand in more seats.
“The Green Party has already raised over £79,000 on Crowdfunder, with thousands of backers funding Green campaigns.
“The ‘Green Surge’ has energised Green voters and members all over the country. Countless new local Green Party branches are being opened and are eager to run candidates for this coming election.
“With this campaign the Greens can guarantee a record number of voters will be able to vote Green in May 2015.”
Graeme Roy, head of marketing at Crowdfunder, said: “Crowdfunding is a democratic way for political candidates to reach out to their supporters.
“The Green Party have shown real innovation in using crowdfunding and certainly have made the most of the platform that Crowdfunder has for political fundraising.”
If you’d like to help the Green Party raise enough funds to field a candidate in as many seats as possible for the general election on May 7 visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/campaign/green-party/