As reported by OpenFile.ca: Aldermen would fail miserably under proposed campaign finance changes.
Mayor Nenshi has a sweeping argument regarding campaign finance limitations and a level playing field for candidates posted on his blog; some of his points include:
- donations should only be made within one year of the election instead of anytime;
- the maximum financial contribution should be lowered to $2,500 from $5,000;
- a spending limit of 65 cents per ward resident (increasing with inflation);
- surpluses should be given to the municipality, returned to donors, or donated to charity after each election; and
- donations should be disclosed prior to the election.
Out of the City’s fourteen aldermen representing Wards 1 through 14, 71% would fail under Nenshi’s proposed limitations.
Meanwhile, in the shadow of City Hall, Occupy Calgary struggles to hear its voice heard and understood.
One viewer on Facebook commented: “How can these aldermen go over their proposed maximum budget and yet the Mayor is clearly under-budget?”
Another citizen pointed out: “Curious wasn’t Diane (who has the second highest per constituent cost) the one who started the petition to shut down occupy?”
Sources: OpenFile.ca Aldermen would fail miserably under proposed campaign finance changes | Zoey Duncan