OneCity Continues Fight for Campaign Finance Reform, Releases Donors List

PRESS RELEASE -- OneCity Continues 4-Year Fight for Financial Reform, Releases Donors List

 

Vancouver BC, October 11, 2017 -- In keeping with OneCity’s commitment to transparency and financial accountability, OneCity released its list of donors today and again called on the Province to change the rules governing municipal election financing.

Campaign finance rules for the City of Vancouver are in desperate need of reform. This is why OneCity made a submission back in 2014 to British Columbia's Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits calling for strict spending limits, an end to corporate donations, and a $250 cap on individual contributions. The full text of that submission -- which OneCity continues to stand by -- can be found below, or at http://www.onecityvancouver.ca/past_platforms.

 

In a city where elected officials from Vision and the NPA continue to accept massive donations from corporations, property developers, and extremely wealthy homeowners, it’s no wonder that voters have begun to lose faith.


OneCity has never taken donations from developers, and refuses to accept donations from corporations with a vested interest in City Council’s work. Voters need a guarantee that power in their city rests with community members and voters, and not special interests.

 

So far this election, OneCity has raised a total of $33,548.60. Donations made by 141 individual contributors and 6 unions. We have received no donations from corporations.


Since its inception, OneCity has fought for campaign finance reforms that would level the playing field for all candidates. This is a fight we still believe in, and one which we will continue with until Vancouver’s municipal election financing rules are fair to all parties and limit the influence of corporations and property developers.

 

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Media Contact: Tyler Michaels

info@onecityvancouver.ca

(604) 836-6112





Addendum: OneCity Statement Calling for Campaign Finance Reform in Municipal Elections from 2014

 

Vancouver BC, 2014

OneCity believes that the campaign finance rules for the City of Vancouver are in desperate need of reform. Here is our submission to British Columbia's Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits outlining how we can achieve this.

1. Apply Two Fundamental Pre-Conditions

For reform to be effective, two fundamental principles need to be recognized: first, individual donations must be limited to a modest amount, allowing the majority of residents to participate in an equitable manner if they so choose. Second, while fundraising is one among many ways candidates and parties demonstrate their legitimacy, the total amount candidates may spend must be strictly limited to ensure that the ability to raise funds through donations is not the determining factor in an election.

OneCity Recommends:

Individual donations during the election period should be limited to $250. While many Vancouver residents would certainly find it difficult to afford such a donation (and therefore be unable to participate equally with their more privileged neighbours), $250 seems a reasonable compromise between affordability and inequality.

With respect to total allowable expenditures, OneCity recommends a limit for any political party of $1 in spending for every eligible voter. In Vancouver, that would generate a maximum of about $400,000.

However, candidates are entitled to run either as independents or with small political parties and should not be disadvantaged when they do so. If they are permitted to spend only a per capita amount based on the $400,000 maximum (about $15,000 per candidate) they would be hindered because they would not benefit from the economies of scale that are available to larger parties.

Therefore, OneCity recommends the guidelines for election spending permit individual candidates to spend a maximum of $25,000. Therefore, parties with 16 or more candidates (there are 27 positions available) would all have as their limit the maximum of $400,000.    

2. Report Between Elections

Municipal political parties are currently only required to publicly report campaign-period donations, leaving three-plus years to stockpile unreported “dark money.” Such a situation contributes both to a lack of transparency for political parties and to growing cynicism among Vancouver residents.

OneCity Recommends:

Political parties should be required to disclose all non-campaign period donations and to do so on an annual basis.

3. Limit Third-Party Spending

Third-party advertisers have come to increasingly dominate elections, not only during provincial and federal campaigns, but also during Vancouver civic elections as well. This harms the political process.

OneCity Recommends:

Third-party spending in Vancouver elections should be limited to no more than $.25 per eligible voter. This would generate a limit of about $100,000 per third-party grouping.

4. Ban Corporate and Union Donations After Placing Strict Controls on Individual Donations

There are dramatic differences between corporate and union donations. The most important of these is that union donations are determined by democratic processes. Corporate donations, on the other hand, are determined by unelected decision-makers.

Importantly, union donations, having been arrived at democratically, are made in the interests of working-class and middle-class workers, their families and their communities while corporate donations are made to further those companies’ aims and objectives.

OneCity is proud that a number of unions chose to join many individual donors in supporting our candidate in the recent civic election. We have built our new party and policies around values we share with the trade union movement – workers’ rights and social justice.

The danger with currently popular calls for a ban on corporate and union donations is that such a policy will be introduced in the absence of low limits on individual donations and election expenditures. This would produce an even worse situation than that which currently exists. It would mean that wealthy and privileged individuals have free rein to spend on election campaigns while working- and middle-class individuals and families would have the formal right to do so, but would be inhibited by their financial capabilities.

OneCity Recommends:

If and only if strict controls are placed on individual contributions (as outlined under the first point above), OneCity recommends a ban on corporate and union donations. In the absence of such strict limits and guidelines, OneCity does not support a ban on union donations.

 

Addendum: OneCity Campaign Donations 4 July to 10 October 2017

 

1

David

Chudnovsky

$150.00

2

Cindy

Smith

$100.00

3

Nancy

Hawkins

$75.00

4

Sean

Griffin

$35.00

5

Logan

McIntosh

$100.00

6

Stephanie

Dickson

$50.00

7

Elizabeth

Kerklaan

$1,000.00

8

Christine

Boyle

$140.00

9

Marion

Pollack

$25.00

10

Helen

Mintz

$100.00

11

Mary

Gavan

$50.00

12

Thi

Vu

$300.00

13

Sarah

Ruddle

$50.00

14

Kelly

Read

$50.00

15

Alice

Hubele

$25.00

16

Lois

Sanford

$200.00

17

Danny

Keeton

$100.00

18

Stan

Lanyon

$250.00

19

Vicki

Potter

$342.00

20

Devyn

Cousineau

$100.00

21

Barry

Tranquada

$100.00

22

Mary

Locke

$100.00

23

Melva

Forsberg

$108.00

24

Mariwan

Jaaf

$10.00

25

Constance

Barnes

$100.00

26

Jessica

Hannon

$25.00

27

Kim

Nulty

$50.00

28

Eva

Sharell

$55.00

29

Kevin

Millsip

$25.00

30

Adrienne

Montani

$100.00

31

Sally

Teich

$200.00

32

Cindy

Samoil

$25.00

33

Don

Cowie

$200.00

34

Derek

Roelofsen

$30.00

35

Jack

MacDermot

$200.00

36

Judith

Snider

$200.00

37

Kenneth

Novakowski

$100.00

38

Barbara

Wood

$50.00

39

Patti

Bacchus

$100.00

40

Matt

Chambers

$100.00

41

David

Fleming

$190.00

42

Nathan

Edelson

$50.00

43

Christopher

Chiu

$192.00

44

Gyda

Chud

$60.00

45

Maurice

Bloch

$100.00

46

Jim

Hatherly

$100.00

47

Ken

Grant

$100.00

48

Mike

Atkinson

$92.00

49

Margaret

McGregor

$500.00

50

Johanna

Hickey

$100.00

51

Bob

Ostle

$50.00

52

Michael

Hughes

$300.00

53

Ariel

Creighton

$100.00

54

Marcia

Toms

$250.00

55

Alison

Atkinson

$90.00

56

Penny

Rogers

$250.00

57

Audrey

Laferriere

$50.00

58

Angus

Reid

$5,000.00

59

Gail

Franklin

$25.00

60

Sarah

Ringdahl

$100.00

61

Charles

Demers

$20.00

62

Jonathan

Hanvelt

$200.00

63

Mary

Brown

$50.00

64

Olive

Dempsey

$75.00

65

Joan

Beaty

$50.00

66

Michelle

Milne

$25.00

67

Greg

Prangley

$100.00

68

Rick

Gordon

$100.00

69

Karen

Giesbrecht

$100.00

70

Grant

Gayman

$250.00

71

Bill

Bargeman

$75.00

72

Steven

Kates

$250.00

73

Ruth

Herman

$742.00

74

Blair

Redlin

$200.00

75

Linda

Light

$25.00

76

Carolyn

Willmore

$20.00

77

John

Price

$250.00

78

Colleen

Fuller

$100.00

79

Jonathan

Mark

$25.00

80

Kyla

Kinzel

$30.00

81

Judy

Echols

$100.00

82

Erin

Arnold

$100.00

83

Helen

Williams

$25.00

84

Jack

Murta

$100.00

85

Donna

Clay

$100.00

86

Judy

Hagar

$800.00

87

Charles

Wilkinson

$50.00

88

Rj

Aquino

$90.00

89

Caprice

Barbour

$50.00

90

Lauri

Thompson

$150.00

91

Stephen

Aberle

$100.00

92

Sean

Condon

$100.00

93

Virginia

Downes

$25.00

94

Catherine

Russell

$25.00

95

Tom

Carter

$100.00

96

Krista-Dawn

Kimsey

$50.00

97

Michael

Rosen

$10.00

98

Wendy

Brown

$100.00

99

Claire

Williams

$100.00

100

Patricia

Gudlaugson

$100.00

101

Zoe

Brown

$50.00

102

Al

Blakey

$300.00

103

Pieta

Woolley

$100.00

104

Neil

Naiman

$50.00

105

Ian

Robertson

$25.00

106

Allison

Jambor

$100.00

107

Christine

Evans

$50.00

108

Zoe

Mullard

$100.00

109

Mike

Dumler

$60.00

110

Paule

McNicoll

$100.00

111

Les

Rowe

$100.00

112

Dora

Ng

$9.20

113

Steven

Ng

$150.00

114

Glen

Clark

$100.00

115

Chris

Kinkaid

$75.00

116

Ciara

Moran

$25.00

117

Gale

Tyler

$100.00

118

Paul

Sihota

$250.00

119

Hugh

Ker

$50.00

120

Jean

Gosling

$100.00

121

Kelly

Lough

$50.00

122

Lee

Trentadue

$250.00

123

Paul

Tetrault

$950.00

124

Cara

Ng

$150.00

125

Paul

Reniers

$100.00

126

Raymond

Tomlin

$20.00

127

Sikee

Liu

$100.00

128

Larry

Kazdan

$25.00

129

Judith

Coffin

$100.00

130

Peter

Elliott

$30.00

131

Leslie

Adams

$50.00

132

Anna

Chudnovsky

$25.00

133

Benjamin

Bolliger

$300.00

134

Thomas

Wade

$100.00

135

Sarah

Groves

$50.00

136

Katie

Redburn

$18.40

137

Lyndsay

Poaps

$100.00

138

Shannon

Kelly

$100.00

139

Matthew

Johnson

$100.00

140

Karen

Cooper

$240.00

141

Liberty

Benedict

$15.00

142

CUPE Local 15

 

$1,000.00

143

Vancouver Firefighters Union, Local 18

 

$1,000.00

144

Heat and Frost Insulators Union, Local 118

 

$1,000.00

145

VESTA

 

$5,000.00

146

PEA-HESA

 

$1,000.00

147

IOUE

 

$2,000.00

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