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