The story is based on some intriguing documents that the Lib Dems recently sent out to lobbyists and other business types, outlining three new donor clubs.
One eye-catching quote in the confidential documents comes from Nick Clegg himself. He rather shamelessly writes:
‘You don’t have to be a Liberal Democrat to take part. In today’s politics, all are welcome.’
But Lib Dem Treasurer Richard Duncalf goes one better, stressing that the Lib Dems are keen for ‘the UK’s most inspirational, successful and talented people’ to join the new clubs. Then he adds:
‘Of course, it’s also a great way for our supporters to engage with the party.’