The Australian Electoral Commission released political donations data today for 2009-10, giving us an insight into what political parties received from donors between seven and 19 months ago.

The returns released today take us up to June 2010. If you want to know what donors gave the parties between July 1 and the election -- or, for example, what effect Julia Gillard's replacement of Kevin Rudd had on donations to Labor -- you’ll have to wait until this time next to find out.