Third-party advertisers spend $1M to influence election - 2019-04-02

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F182.png Third-party advertisers spend $1M to influence election April 2, 2019, Emily Senger, CBC News

After the NDP government was elected in 2015, it banned corporations and unions from donating to political parties and capped individual donations at $4,000.

It also created a third-party election advertiser registry, where unions, corporations and individuals could channel donations.

It is a new concept in Alberta, but a familiar one south of the border, where U.S. political action committees — better known as PACs or SuperPACs — routinely channel millions of dollars to sway election results.

So far, Alberta's third-party advertisers aren't as influential as American PACs. In fact, they are limited in their spending to a maximum of $150,000 before the election period, starting on Dec. 1, and another $150,000 in the 28 days after the writ is dropped, up until the end of the polling day.

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{{cite news | first = Emily | last = Senger | title = Third-party advertisers spend $1M to influence election | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/third-party-advertisers-alberta-election-1.5081960 | work = CBC News | date = April 2, 2019 | accessdate = May 12, 2019 }}