Third-party advocacy groups raise hundreds of thousands ahead of Alberta election - 2019-01-25
Third-party advocacy groups hoping to shape Alberta's spring campaign have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past two months, often from large corporate and union donors, ahead of the first election since the introduction of strict fundraising limits for political parties.
Elections Alberta data show several of those groups relied on substantial donations from businesses, corporate leaders and unions in 2018 while facing few restrictions on how that money could be spent. And that fundraising activity has continued as the election campaign approaches and pre-writ spending limits have taken effect. In contrast, political parties have been banned from accepting corporate and union donations since 2015.
The donors include a who's who of corporate Calgary giving to groups aligned with Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party, while union donations have gone to left-leaning organizations, some whose staff have ties to the New Democrats.