Running for political office can be an expensive proposition and running for mayor and council at Vancouver City Hall is no exception.
A detailed financial spreadsheet found on a West Broadway sidewalk this week outlines a political party’s fundraising plans for deep-pocketed supporters to raise funds on its behalf.
Among others, it contains the names of some well-known Vancouver developers, including Bob Rennie, Ian Gillespie, and Francesco Aquilini.
All three men are listed as captains with specific fundraising goals.
According to the spreadsheet, Aquilini has brought in the most money for the campaign so far, raising more than $64,000 — still short of the $110,000 goal listed next to his name.
“If this is how you have to raise money to support a political campaign in Vancouver, I think people should talk about it,” said Stanley Q. Woodvine, who found the spreadsheet and posted photos of it. on his Twitter account.
Someone dropped a two-page spreadsheet on the south sidewalk of the 300 block W Broadway. Appears to be a list of donors and donations. Who knows if it’s legit? Donor names are eye-catching! #Vancouver #Vanpoli pic.twitter.com/9i9yQ28FYU
— Stanley Q Woodvine (@sqwabb)
September 13, 2022
While no candidate or political party names appear anywhere on the document, many of the people named as fundraising captains are also listed as donors in voluntary financial disclosures posted online by Mayor Kennedy’s Forward Together party. Stewart.
“Like all campaigns, Forward Together actively raises funds. We follow all Elections BC rules,” said Mark Hosak, the party’s executive director. “In August, we were the first campaign to publicly disclose our donor list and we will do so again ahead of Election Day.”
With so many of the city’s most prominent developers on the list, voters might wonder what sort of influence this kind of campaign contribution buys.
“The key from my perspective is transparency. I think there should be real-time reporting on donors, individuals, not just in an election year but in non-election years as well,” the commentator said. CTV News politician George Affleck, a former Vancouver City Councilman.
Elections BC publishes campaign financial information, but not before the election.
The rules prohibit companies from making campaign donations and cap individual donations at $1,250 per candidate.
“As long as there’s a person with $1,250 next to their name and they agree that they gave the money, then it’s compliant,” Affleck said.
Companies may have been barred from making contributions, but nothing stops their leaders from using their networks of deep-pocketed friends and associates to raise money for their favorite party or candidate.