Democracy watchdog calls for investigation into lobbyists selling tickets for Ford fundraiser - 2019-06-13

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F132.png Democracy watchdog calls for investigation into lobbyists selling tickets for Ford fundraiser June 13, 2019, Jill Mahoney, Globe and Mail

Ontario's ethics watchdog should launch an investigation into registered lobbyists who helped organize and sell tickets for Premier Doug Ford's fundraising dinner earlier this year, according to an advocacy group's complaint.

Democracy Watch alleges that lobbyists who helped with the fundraiser violated the law by putting Mr. Ford in a real or potential conflict of interest, depending on the decision the lobbyist sought.

"The fundraising assistance creates a sense of obligation on the part of the politician that makes it improper for the politician (or their staff) to participate in making the decision because the decision furthers the private interest of the lobbyist," said a letter the group sent to Integrity Commissioner J. David Wake on Thursday.

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