Aldermen expenditures largely ignored, while Occupy camp struggling on City Hall’s doorstep

4 Nov

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

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2 Responses to “Aldermen expenditures largely ignored, while Occupy camp struggling on City Hall’s doorstep”

  1. Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/04

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  1. Colley-Urquhart Prime Example of Financial Corruption of Government – Mandi Schrader « Occupied Calgary Free Press - November 7, 2011

    […] excellent local example is our recent post examining the expenditures of the 14 aldermen vs their actual needed […]

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