Civic campaign spending and donations

Resolutions being considered at the UBCM Convention (Sep 17-20):

http://www.ubcm.ca/assets/Resolutions~and~Policy/Resolutions/Resolutions%20Book%202013.pdf

Page 84 refers to civic campaign spending and donations.  However, there is another point of view that even without union and corporate donations, the candidates with that support would still have the labour available to conduct campaigns (phone banks etc):

from Integrity BC: 

In the 2011 election, Vision Vancouver, the NPA, & COPE spent $5 million. The largest single donation? $960,000. Next month the UBCM will be debating a motion to support Vancouver’s request to cap civic campaign spending & donations in time for the 2014 elections. Most Canadian cities already do.  This motion is being sponsored by the City of Vancouver.

 “UBCM petition the provincial government to amend the Local Government Act and the Vancouver Charter to:

• set limits on the annual amount of contributions that can be given by an individual or organization to an elector organization, campaign organizer, or an individual seeking elected office;
• limit the amount of money that may be spent annually by an elector organization, campaign organizer, or an individual seeking elected office during a general local election campaign; and
• disallow contributions to an elector organization, campaign organizer, or an individual seeking elected office, from sources outside of Canada;”

In the City of North Van,  the majority of some Council members donations were from unions and developers.  Councillors Bell, Bookham, Clark and Heywood received no donations from unions or developers.  The other Councillors were funded primarily by unions and developers.  Mayor Mussatto’s donations totalled approximately $52,000 of which it seems that only $746 came from individuals.  We want a level playing field for Council candidates, without expectations of what is expected in return for donations.  Full details available here:

http://www.cnv.org/Your-Government/Election/Campaign-Financing-Disclosure-Statements

If you support this resolution, let Council members know.

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