Canada Proud spending campaign donations at founder's company, financial filings show - 2019-09-19
More than $111,000 in donated campaign cash spent by Canada Proud, one of the largest third-party groups trying to sway voters in the federal election, has flowed into a company owned by one of its founders, Elections Canada filings show.
The bulk of Canada Proud's spending, just over $94,000, went towards ads on Facebook and Instagram, which Mobilize purchased on behalf of the group. Mobilize also charged Canada Proud $11,300 in "production costs," the filings show.
The right-wing advocacy group is known for its incredible reach on social media and ties to Conservative Party fundraisers. Public expense reports filed to Elections Canada on Sept. 15 show that every dollar of the group's campaign spending has gone to Mobilize Media, a media production company owned by Canada Proud founder and director Jeff Ballingall.