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Follow the money

There is no tracking of donations made on a national scale. There are no consistent rules - or penalties - for political financing across Canada. Spending limits, out-of-province and foreign gifts, money from unions and corporations, donations from numbered companies: in some places anything goes, in others regulations are rarely enforced.  The Follow the Money project is an effort to address these gaps, and hold politicians to account for gifts large and small.  (PostMedia)  MORE:   Highlights   Donors   Search data base   Methodology   17 things to know   Top donors in provincial politics


Return on appointments?

VANCOUVER - CTV News built a computer program to check the list of 1,600 current provincial appointments across the province, and compare it to Elections BC's database of party donors.  The results: a minimum of $4.78M was donated to the BC Liberals in the past 12 years by the 343 liberal donors who BC ministers or cabinet appointed to the boards.    (CTV)   PREVIOUS:   BC general election 2017   Green party sought cash from developer   Return on investment    Following the reported money  


Challenge to campaign finance law

TORONTO - The Working Families union coalition, which has spent millions on attack ads over the past four provincial elections, is challenging Ontario's new campaign finance law as unconstitutional.  (Toronto Star)


Follow the money

VANCOUVER - In the tightly-knit world of Vancouver's wealthy Chinese immigrants, Paul Se Hui Oei stood out for his ties to some of Canada's most powerful politicians and his mastery of cultivating guanxi that attracted legions of Chinese clients eager for his assistance in gaining a legal foothold in Canada.   (NY Times)  MORE:   Committed fraud   BSCS press release   Value of political donations   MP and lawyer named in fraud lawsuit     

Keep loophole    

OTTAWA - A loophole that allows Canada's political parties to receive tens of millions of taxpayers' dollars without showing any election receipts is not being plugged, according to legislation the Liberals tabled Monday.  (Huff Post)  MORE:   Bill C-76   PREVIOUS:   BC amends financing rules  


Fundraising payback

MONTREAL - Key fundraisers for the Quebec Liberal Party may have pocketed large sums of money through a series of real estate transactions, allegedly splitting that money with the former head of the provincial Crown corporation charged with managing those buildings.    (CBC)    


Fix vague election law

OTTAWA - A Senate committee says the government must 'urgently' amend laws to prevent foreign interference in Canadian elections.  Current laws have loopholes that could allow foreign money and online advertising to unduly influence voters and have an impact on election results, says the Senate's standing committee on legal and constitutional affairs in a report released Thursday.  (PostMedia)  REPORT:   Controlling foreign influence in Canadian elections   .pdf    Elections safe    Cyber threats to Canada's democratic process  


Taxpayers' investments

OTTAWA - The term 'privatizing profits and socializing losses' is so widespread it gets its own entry in the US business definition site Investopedia: 'businesses and individuals can successfully benefit from any and all profits related to their line of business, but avoid losses by having those losses paid for by society.'   (CBC)      


'Man with the briefcase'

OTTAWA - Jean Yves Lortie says $15M to $20M in cash made its way in and out of his briefcase during his time as a political operative from the late 1950s to his last political campaign in 1993.  (CBC)     


Federal party riding associations 

OTTAWA - Riding association for federal political parties are sitting on nearly $30M of taxpayer-subsidized cash, with little obligation to account publicly for how the money is spent.  (CP)  

Cash for access end

OTTAWA - The federal government is poised to introduce legislation that will put an end to exclusive, private fundraisers featuring cabinet ministers, party leaders and leadership contenders.   (CBC)

Bill C-50  

Bill fails to quell

Private fundraisers

Foreign activists influencing elections

Remarks Chief Electoral Officer Nov 23, 2016 

Money for access

This isn't money for access

PM using state visit to raise party money

Wealth One Bank of Canada

Donor was graft suspect

Bank's murky beginnings

Offering access

Commissioners called  

Sordid encounters of the Liberal kind

Money began to rain

Lobbying at fundraisers 

Taxpayers pay

Globalization isn't for ordinary people

Cash for access fundraiser

'Rules' were followed

Trudeau insists he has no ties to foundation

Insulation against cash for access inferno

Strahl resigns from foundation

Trudeau a big money draw

Foundation questions

Why we should give politicians free money

Liberals have slipped from 'Real Change' 

BC NDP reaped millions

VICTORIA - The BC NDP, a party that ran in last year's provincial election on a promise to clean up the 'wild west' of campaign finance, hauled in more than $4.5M in contributions in the 5 months between forming government in the summer and enacting its promised reforms.  (Globe & Mail)

Taxpayers to pay for parties

Election amendment act, 2017

BC joins trend to clean up political fundraising

Embedded culture

BC's fundraising makes a mockery of democracy

Offshore donations 

Pay-to-play culture  

Fundraiser steps down

Best government money can buy

BC Liberals post donations online 

Clark still defending cash-for-access

Light on cash-for-access

Political finance needs tighter regulation 

Latest BC Liberal supporter contracts 

Contract list

Special prosecutor

BC's AG says budget ads are too political

Charity blames clerical error for illegal donation

Possible class action

Legal action launched

BC Liberals sued

Party fundraising results?    CMNBC

BC NDP fundraising

It's embarrassing

More Liberal corporate donations

Large contributors

BC donors

Liberals post their secret

Campaign finance reform, after the election

BC parties work to get ahead of investigation

Global ridicule

Don't expect to curb cash-for-access 

Party donors aren't grassroots

Elections BC probes Liberal party fundraising

Return on investment 

Donations to BC parties   

ON dark money loophole

TORONTO - Ontario's changes to how municipal elections work, sold as a way to give unions and corporations less influence in city politics, appear to have provided more cover for these groups to support their favourite candidates, in what one city councillor says could be 'the greatest dark-money loophole ever.'   (CBC)

BC leaves big money taps on

NDP- don't forget about us

Win for party bagmen

Watchdog investigates fundraisers

Law firm's cash for access

Money biggest single factor

Political donations surge

ON overhauls campaign finance rules

AB cuts donation cap, limits party spending

Corporate, union donations in BC 

Parties use private data

Adviser to step down

ON fundraiser to be charged

ON party CEO will step aside if charged

Party downplays charges 

Liberals block campaign finance rules

Review act

Chiarelli, Sousa report   .pdf  

BC commissioner clears Clark

Too much of a bad thing

Cash-for-access fundraisers

Parties pack in fundraisers

Failed scheme payday

Pricey bargaining chip

Hold onto your wallet

Lobbying Commissioner

Not a conflict

Paul Fraser

Fraser continues to ignore reporter

One big, systemic family

Wynne change, Clark just shrugs

Lobbying Act charge

Cashing in

Clark still defending party fundraising 

ON aides sell tickets to fundraisers

Liberal appointments    

Cash-for-access fundraisers

Companies received $2.36B welfare

Return on investment

Cash for access


Ethanol industry

Bombardier's welfare

Fundraising backlash

How is this even legal?

Dinners with donors just part of the process 

Welcome to ON

Not influence peddling

Not against the law 

Fundraising reward

BC Liberal Party

Party payments

Clark draws fire

Payment is no joke

Everything stinks  

Still no ban

Fundrising has been good for us

NDP's holding company 

Fundraiser part of democratic process   

Liberals expected to raise $3M at dinner

Trudeau dismisses worries over fundraising

Liberal fundraising machine

Only in Quebec, eh?  

Money no guarantee of success

Government shouldn't be for sale  

By-election raised $2.2M

Donations still loom large at city hall

Legal party donations

Federal fundraiser

Wynne scraps private fundraisers  

Fundraising demands

Targets for cabinet ministers

Hydro one players paid for access

Liberal bagman

BC Liberals reject donation changes

BC Liberals greed for power 

BC's Clark vows 'disclosure'

Pricey meetings with premier helping fuel BC

Donations influence local elections

Trial dismissed

SUDBURY - Justice Howard Borenstein kicked the living daylights out of the Crown's case in the Sudbury byelection trial, acquitting Liberal operatives Gerry Lougheed and Pat Sorbara of bribery without the defence calling evidence.  (PostMedia)

Judge dismisses charges

Not enough evidence

Text of decision

Fundraiser charged

Criminal charges laid

World of political patronage

OPP finish probe  

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