Donations declared by the Conservatives in the West Midlands were more than three times those reported by Labour over the past two years, latest figures show.
But Conservative party associations in the West Midlands have been losing scores of members and thousands of pounds in funding since the General Election.
Some party groups now earn so little that they no longer have their accounts recorded by the watchdog the Electoral Commission, which sets a minimum income of £25,000 each for publishing figures.
Tory associations in Staffordshire and the Black Country declared five figure sums from donors while all but two of the donations declared by constituency Labour parties were from trade unions.
Declared donations to all the different Tory groups of the region came to more than £89,000 while those reported by Labour associations totalled £25,870.
The Liberal Democrats declared £7,367, including £4,867.33 from one of their own members of the European parliament, Phil Bennion, according to the accounts donation records published by the Electoral Commission.
The Tory party in Staffordshire got £25,000 from digger manufacturer JCB – £15,000 of that for its branch in Cannock Chase, where Aidan Burley is the MP.
The rest went to the overall Staffordshire Conservatives.
Mr Burley said: “I don’t believe in state funding for political parties and I never will.
“If a business wishes to support us it is because they agree with the policies we have.
“JCB has never asked for any policies or special treatment in return for that donation.
“I think these figures show that Labour has lost the support of business that it built up under Tony Blair.”
More than £15,000 of donations to the Tories in Staffordshire were listed as ‘non cash’ – meaning money that did not go directly to the association.
These were made by the Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy.
He said the money was paid out of his own pocket to cover an extra member of staff taken on to deal with the big issues of high speed rail and Stafford Hospital.
Of the donations declared by Labour in the West Midlands, the only private backer was care home company St Philip’s Care based in Wednesfield, which gave £5,000 to Wolverhampton North East, the constituency of MP Emma Reynolds. Party funding has been the source of controversy this week after the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats shared a £520,000 donation left in a will by a retired nurse, Joan Edwards.
The money was left to the Government of the day but executors of her estate confirmed that Miss Edwards had intended it to go to the political parties rather than the Treasury.
The parties but the money into government coffers after a public backlash.
Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East, said: “The legacy scandal was a new low in a long history of lows for party funding.
“If one party can drastically outspend the others they have a huge advantage and that’s not good for democracy.”
South Staffordshire’s Conservative Association has not had income or expenditure above £25,000 for the second year running and its chairman today revealed membership has dropped by almost a quarter since 2010.
Tories in the safe seat declared an income of £19,232 and expenditure of £26,615 in 2011.
The party had 398 members in 2010 and 384 in 2011.
Just four Conservative constituency associations in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Wyre Forest had to have their statements of accounts published.
However no constituency Labour parties in the area have had to publish their accounts at all because none of them have ever had more than £25,000 going through the bank.
It is the same situation for the Liberal Democrats.
Lichfield and Stafford’s Conservative associations have reported an increase in membership since 2011.
But Tories in Halesowen and Rowley Regis are down from 100 members in 2010, when James Morris won the seat in Parliament from Labour, to 79.
The association made £39,290 during 2012.
In the safe seat of Lichfield party membership rose from 300 in 2011 to 314.
Stafford saw income from membership rise from £7,311 to £8,369.
Wyre Forest, where Tory Mark Garnier is the MP, saw a drop in membership from 279 in 2011 to 264 last year.