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Campaign Finance for the 2009 General Election. Election Finance for the General Election. Election expenses Spending limits Political contributions Prohibited sources Tax receipts Election advertising Reports. Election Expenses. Section 183

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Election Finance for the General Election

  • Election expenses

  • Spending limits

  • Political contributions

  • Prohibited sources

  • Tax receipts

  • Election advertising

  • Reports


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Election Expenses

  • Section 183

  • Value of property or services, used during the 60 day pre-campaign period and the 29 day campaign period to promote or oppose a candidate or a registered political party

  • “Used” is key

  • When the item was purchased, paid for or received as a contribution is not relevant


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Spending Limits

  • 2 periods

    • 60 day pre-campaign period

    • Campaign period

  • Separate limits for each period

  • $1.1 million & $4.4 million for parties

  • $70,000 & $70,000 for candidates

  • Registered constituency associations incur election expenses only on behalf of candidates with candidate financial agent permission – subject to candidate limits


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Political Contributions

  • Section 180

  • Money and fair value of donated goods and services

  • Membership fees for a political party or constituency association

  • Fees for political party conferences, workshops & conventions

  • Some fundraising function income

  • Some loans


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Prohibited Sources

  • Unregistered political parties

  • Unregistered constituency associations

  • Charitable organizations

  • Federal political parties

  • Federal electoral district associations


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Tax Receipts

  • Only for money

  • Registered political parties & registered constituency associations – any time

  • Candidates - only for political contributions received after Certificate of Candidacy and before Writ returned


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Election Financing Reports

  • Parties which ran candidates

  • Constituency associations with candidates

  • Candidates

  • 90 days after GVD – August 10, 2009

  • Audited if total election expenses or political contributions = $10,000 or more


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Election Advertising Defined

  • Section 228

  • During 60 day pre-campaign period and campaign period

  • Promotes or opposes, directly or indirectly, a registered political party or a candidate

  • Includes taking a position on issues associated with parties or candidates

  • Does not include…..


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Not Election Advertising

  • News, editorials, interviews, columns, letters, debates, speeches or commentaries published without charge in a bona fide periodical on a radio or tv program

  • Distributing or promoting a book, for no less than fair value, if the book was to be made public regardless of the election

  • Transmitting a document directly by a person or group to their members, employees or shareholders

  • Individuals transmitting personal political views on a non-commercial basis via the internet, text or phone


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Election Advertising by Parties & Candidates

  • Authorized by John Smith, financial agent, 604-123-1234

  • Not required for:

    • Clothing

    • Novelty items such as buttons, badges, wrist bands

    • Small items of nominal value intended for personal use, such as pens, mugs, magnets

  • Expenses subject to election expenses limit

  • Report in election financing report


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3rd Party Advertisers

  • During 60 day pre-campaign period and campaign period

  • Must be registered

  • Must be independent of political parties, constituency associations, candidates & agents

  • Limits:

    • $3,000 in relation to a single ED, and

    • $150,000 overall

  • Disclosure reports required if $500 or more


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