The RCMP have questions for Jason Kenney's team on voter fraud allegations - 2019-03-28
A conservative operative named Hardyal "Happy" Mann was fined $9,000 Wednesday donating someone else's money to the 2017 UCP leadership campaign of Jeff Callaway, the "kamikaze" candidate that Jason Kenney's campaign coordinated to attack his key rival, Brian Jean. Alberta's election commissioner has now levied $35,000 in fines for improper donations and other misdeeds on the Callaway campaign. Yet this swirling scandal may be the secondary problem Kenney's camp now has stemming from his takeover of the United Conservatives. Voter-fraud allegations could loom larger. The party confirmed to Maclean's the RCMP has questions for them.
While there is no apparent financial link to Kenney and questionable donations to Callaway's campaign—which the RCMP is actively probing—the fraud allegations are aimed straight at Kenney's 2017 campaign team. They were first detailed in a letter to the RCMP by UCP legislator Prab Gill. Gill alleged that organizers obtained phony email addresses attached to real Albertans, and used those to obtain passcode numbers (PINs) to vote in the UCP contest in bulk batches at "kiosk" computer stations, set up to avoid limits on any one computer voting multiple times. Mann has told CBC Calgary that when he recruited new party members to help Kenney's campaign, many signup forms didn't have emails—then someone else added them. CBC's own legwork add to the suspicion:
CBC News searched for historical registration data using DomainTools and confirmed that dozens of email addresses attached to UCP members were all purchased by anonymous sources in the lead-up to the UCP leadership vote, between Sept. 20 and Oct. 13, 2017. Many of those emails, with domains like link3mail.com and jaringmail.com, all link back to the same web host. It is not known who bought those email addresses. (CBC)