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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Duff in the Hole #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Dwight Ball’s announcement last week about Liberal Party funding was a good example of how relatively simple mistakes can turn a good-news announcement into a major public relations problem.

Another aspect to the story is a good example of how false information can make the story worse.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Money and Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador #nlpoli

Some people are making a big deal over the fact that the judge heading the boundaries commission made political donations to both the Liberal and Conservative parties in the province before he was appointed to the Supreme Court Trial Division.

Justice Robert Stack made donations totalling $1,718 to the provincial Liberal Party between 1996 and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Money and Politics in Newfoundland and Labrador #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Promises, promises… 2003 contracts and tendering edition #nlpoli

In light of the controversy about Humber Valley Paving, here are some of the Conservative promises made in 2003 about contracts and public tendering, controls on political donations, special committees of the legislature, and disclosure of lobbying activities.

Each of them bears on the HVP tendering controversy in one way or another.  You humble e-scribbler . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Promises, promises… 2003 contracts and tendering edition #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Following the Money #nlpoli

After Bill Barry  – the only declared candidate -  former cabinet minister Shawn Skinner is the least imaginary of the potential candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“What I’m running for is to form the next government,”  Skinner told the Telegram’s James McLeod.  What I am running for.  Present . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Following the Money #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Leading by example #nlpoli

The Liberal Party executive may have screwed up by failing to put in place any campaign finance rules during the recent leadership but the candidates are putting it right.

Liberal leader Dwight Ball and three of his four fellow candidates released information on their campaign expenses on Monday.

Ball committed to release information immediately after . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Leading by example #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: You got cash? They’ve got a party. #nlpoli

The party that brought the province its first and only election finance law in 1991 is currently in the midst of a campaign to select its own leader, but the race has absolutely no rules of any kind on campaign financing.

The Liberal Party’s constitution and 2013 leadership rules are absolutely silent on campaign finances . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: You got cash? They’ve got a party. #nlpoli

Song of the Watermelon: The Alternative Norquist Pledge

It has been over two years since the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling struck down government restrictions on political spending by corporations and unions. A crafty syllogism lies at the heart of the decision’s rationale:

Corporations = people. Money = speech. Therefore, campaign finance reform = violation of . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: The Alternative Norquist Pledge