Financial statements setting out election spending due at the end of the month.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

March 11th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Now that they have had a couple of pay cheques deposited into their accounts the members of city council get ready to file their election campaign financial statement setting out where the money for.

Candidate guideThe provincial government changed the rules for the 2018 election – donations from corporations or unions were no longer permitted.

Officers and employees of a company or a union could make personal donations.

Those Third Party Advertisers, who hid behind numbered corporations are also required to file financial statement.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs sets out what is require in the Candidate Handbook. Word for word from that document.

“It is your responsibility as a candidate to file a complete and accurate financial statement on time.

“The filing deadline is 2 p.m. on the last Friday in March following the election (March 29, 2019).

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The source of election campaign funds is as important as the election itself.

“If you have a bookkeeper or accountant complete the financial statement for you, you are still responsible for ensuring that it is complete and accurate and filed on time. Financial statements are not required to have original signatures.

“You should contact your clerk for information about whether you can file your financial statement by a method such as fax or email if you are not able to file your statement in person.

“If you filed a nomination form, you must file a financial statement.

“This includes candidates who withdrew their nomination, candidates who were not certified and did not appear on the ballot, and candidates who were acclaimed.

“If you did not receive any contributions (including contributions from yourself) or incur any expenses, you are only required to fill out the first page of the financial statement and sign it.

“If you received contributions or incurred any expenses you must complete the relevant parts of the financial statement.

“If your campaign contributions (including contributions from yourself) or campaign expenses are greater than $10,000 you must have your financial statement audited and include the auditor’s report when you submit your financial statement to the clerk.”

Let’s see what those financial statements have to say when they are filed.

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Those third party advertisers.

There they were in plain site – and then they were gone. Poof!

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