Bill refuses to release his donor list until 6 MONTHS AFTER the election.
“Smith has said he will not provide a public account of who is donating to his campaign until after the election.”
- CBC News
Naheed Nenshi disclosed his 1,300 donors on Nomination Day. He now has well over 2,000 donors, and will disclose his updated list BEFORE the election.
“I have consistently advocated for stronger rules and I have ran all my campaigns as if stricter rules are in place. I continue to believe that political campaigns should be about the best ideas, not who has the most money.”
- Naheed Nenshi
Andre Chabot says that he may disclose his donors. He hasn’t decided yet. If he discloses, he won’t disclose the donors who asked to keep their names secret.
Update: Andre has said he will disclose his donors - Source: Twitter
“I may release some of the smaller donors, but there are some specific donors who asked not to be revealed," said Chabot. "I might reveal my entire list, with the exception of those few that said not to.”
- Andre Chabot, Metro
However, we can examine Bill’s record on this issue when he was President of the PC Party. Under Smith’s watch, the PC Party solicited and received donations from taxpayer funded entities, including school boards, colleges, universities and municipalities. Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer investigated these donations and ordered the PC Party to pay the money back.
“Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith charged Thursday the Tory party accepted more than $100,000 in illegal donations from municipalities and other public bodies between 2004 and 2010.”
- Calgary Herald
Read the reports from the Chief Electoral Officer: Report A, Report B, Report C
Naheed Nenshi has been a consistent, vocal advocate on the need for campaign finance reform since before he ran for mayor in 2010. Mayor Nenshi believes that "politics should be about the best ideas, not the most money.”
“Putting the right rules in place would help all citizens be confident that their leaders are acting in the best interests of the community."
- Naheed Nenshi
Mayor Nenshi has made his position clear again this campaign and will continue to push for reforms to these provincial rules. Read Naheed's Campaign Finance Policy
Andre Chabot has followed the current laws on campaign donation disclosure. However, Chabot has not taken a clear stance on the need for reforms to the campaign finance rules. On March 31, 2014, Chabot voted against a motion for the City of Calgary to adopt a formal position on specific reforms to campaign finance rules for the Government of Alberta to consider.
We know Naheed Nenshi is running for ALL Calgarians, from all backgrounds and walks of life. Who is Bill Smith running for?