We can have all the rules in the world about how political parties and political candidates receive and spend money in Newfoundland and Labrador, but they are useless without meaningful enforcement.
It’s been illegal since 2011 for municipalities to make political contributions. The association representing the province’s towns and cities knew about the 2011 amendment . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Money and Politics – the Chronic Enforcement Problem #nlpoli
Liberal leadership candidate Danny Dumaresque wants to reform the provincial election laws to ban corporate donations, as the Telegram reported on Thursday.
“I think in Newfoundland and Labrador, we’ve got to update the program,” he said. “(We’re) not living up to the expectations of the voting public, and it’s time for us to go forward . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ban corporate political donations: Dumaresque #nlpoli
Official election finance returns for two by-elections in 2010 and 2011 show an interesting pattern of political contributions.
The most interesting tidbit is that the Tories had to pull out all the financial stops to ensure Vaughan Granter won Humber West. The party transferred more than $17,000 to his campaign.
The single largest expense . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Joy of Political Giving, By-Elections edition #nlpoli