"It's a battle of ideas, not money." -- Clive Palmer to Crikey on election donations, May 2013

If you want to do well at a federal election, you'll need a warchest filled by friends in high (and sometimes low) places. As this interminable and apparently predetermined campaign grinds on, the state of the parties' fundraising may come as no surprise. The Coalition's funds are "flowing nicely", Labor is looking shaky, and the Greens are "pretty bad".