On the day the party deposited its windfall, it also reported two donations conspicuous for no other reason than their size. Diana Bennett and Scott Menke both cut the party cheques for $5,078. Bennett is the CEO of Paragon Gaming and Menke its president.
Trying to track their influence on provincial politics is a murky undertaking. It's not just suits hanging out their shingle because of who they know. It includes lawyers, accountants, trade associations, Under Armour Shoes For Girls Pink And Blue
But something else is happening with political fundraising that's highly worrisome: private, closed door events where the promises are plentiful and the cover charge ain't cheap. Liberal party pocketed close to $100,000 following an exclusive $5,000 a plate dinner with Christy Clark. A registered lobbyist promised the 21 guests a "generous opportunity" to speak with the premier.
It's that intertwining of lobbyists with a political party's fundraising apparatus which is troubling, because ultimately both sides risk developing a dependency on keeping the other happy.
The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, which bills itself as "representing and supporting progressive unionized employers in Canada's construction industry," gave $18,200 to the Liberals and, ironically, nada to the NDP. went exclusively with the Liberals to the tune of $34,820.
public relations firms, community organizations.
Although far from foolproof, following the money is a little easier. Liberals and zip to the NDP.
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National firms try to spread it a bit. Hill Knowlton Canada forked out $72,380 for the Liberals, while Hill Knowlton Strategies gave $13,450 to the NDP. gave $64,136 to the Liberals and Earnscliffe Strategy Group gave $26,145 to Under Armour Curry 2 Electric Blue the NDP. And some have deep pockets. Liberals since 2005, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association $7,600, the International Pharmacists Association coughed up $14,978, and North West Cruiseship Association docked in at $41,493.
Common thread between most of these high priced, chummy events? Registered lobbyists buying or selling the tickets.
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registered as lobbyists as well. Add all those LLP designations up, and another $1.34 million was donated to the Liberals. The NDP pocketed a paltry $89,800.
It pays to be the party in power.
Up to 60 individuals had the chance to golf with cabinet ministers at Sagebrush Golf Club in Merritt, after laying down $1,000 each.
All in, donors that had "association" in their name gave $3.36 million to the Liberals and $907,000 to the NDP. That's a lot of membership dues.
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